The UK’s leading seafood supplier, Young’s Bluecrest, is working to reassure consumers that it is still acceptable to eat seafood, despite press coverage this week of the Blundell report on the continuing environmental pressure on UK fisheries.
This week the government was given its starkest warning yet of the consequences of permitting the continued farming of UK waters to go unchecked. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution wants 30% of the waters around Britain to be designated as marine parks.
Supermarkets source most of their fish globally, and the top retail species, salmon, is mainly
derived from aquaculture, but such reports have an emotive influence on consumers.
However, Young’s Bluecrest has for some time placed sustainable sourcing at the top of its agenda.
Deputy chief executive Mike Parker said: “The media coverage does not serve the future of the seafood industry, since it gives consumers the impression that they shouldn’t eat fish at all, when in reality the stocks of many species remain healthy.”