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Good Catch

Cooking for change, serving the future

Visit the Good Catch Web site: www.goodcatch.org.uk

 Good Catch is a U.K.-based initiative that aims to help people in foodservice navigate the subject of seafood sustainability.  A partnership of four organizations – Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Seafood Choices Alliance and Sustain – Good Catch will direct foodservice professionals to a range of user-friendly materials and activities that are specifically designed to help restaurants and related businesses improve the sustainability of the seafood they buy, serve and promote.

  • The Good Catch Manual: A rough guide to seafood sustainability for chefs, restaurateurs and caterers. The print edition of the Good Catch Manual is currently sold out. A (very large) electronic file of the publication is also available to download by clicking here (PDF format)
  • Upcoming Events

About the other organizations involved in Good Catch

Marine Conservation Society (MCS)

The Marine Conservation Society is the UK charity dedicated to caring for our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries and protection for all marine wildlife.

There are many ways to achieve sustainable fisheries and help fish stocks recover. MCS believes that consumers and the foodservice industry have an increasingly important role to play in achieving this goal. The Sustainable Seafood Program has been developed to advise consumers, retailers and foodservice professionals on buying the most sustainable fish and shellfish, whether from wild-caught or farmed sources. MCS’ aim is to increase awareness and therefore demand for fish from well-managed, sustainable stocks that are caught or farmed using methods that minimize the impact on the environment and non-target species. MCS provides accurate and accessible information to enable retailers, chefs, restaurateurs, and

individual consumers to make an informed and sustainable choice through their website www.fishonline.org. and Pocket Good Fish Guide.

For more information about the MCS or FishOnline call +44 1989 566017 or email.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

The MSC has developed standards both for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. Both standards are based on independent third-party assessments by independently accredited certifiers. They meet the world’s toughest best practice criteria and are helping to transform global seafood markets. Together, they offer fisheries a credible way to be recognized and rewarded for good management practices and provide a traceability assurance to buyers. Because of these standards and the methodologies that support them, you can be sure that seafood carrying the MSC label comes from a certified sustainable fishery and every company in the supply chain has passed a detailed traceability audit.

As of July 2008 there were more than 1,600 MSC-labeled seafood products sold in 37 countries worldwide. At that time, over 8 percent – over 5 million tonnes – of the world’s edible wild-capture fisheries were engaged in the program, either as certified fisheries or fisheries undergoing assessment.

The MSC meets best practice guidelines for eco-labeling and certification to ensure it offers the world’s leading certification program for sustainable wild-capture seafood. MSC follows international, professional benchmarks to promote robust processes and uphold core values of independence, transparency, impartiality and stakeholder consultation and is consistent with all of the following international norms:

  • The Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing (UN FAO)
  • The Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards (ISEAL)
  • Guidelines for the Eco-labeling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries (UN FAO)
  • World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement

If you wish to use the MSC logo in your business (e.g. on menus or website) you will need to be certified to do so. For more information about the MSC call +44 20 7811 3300 or email.


Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

Sustain runs London Food Link, a network of businesses, community organizations and individuals which works to increase the amount of sustainable food (e.g. local, organic and Fair Trade) available in the capital. London Food Link has developed an online directory of suppliers of local and sustainable produce at www.localfoodfinder.org.

London Food Link has a particular interest in how restaurants can increase people’s awareness of, interest in and access to sustainable food. They coordinate Ethical Eats, a network of London restaurants and caterers, which enables its members to share experiences, promote best practice and identify practical steps they can take to make their businesses more sustainable. Ethical Eats runs workshops several times a year on themes such as sustainable fish, food waste and local sourcing, as well as occasional visits to local producers.

For more information about the services offered by London Food Link, call +44 20 7837 1228 or by email.


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