It’s the second year Nottingham has been awarded the title for serving the highest number of certified sustainable dishes to its students.
The MSC awards also highlighted latest research showing millennials are leading the way in sustainable seafood – with 52% of 18-34 year olds stating they prefer to choose ecolabelled fish and seafood. That’s in comparison to 37% of those over 55 years old in the UK.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international NGO, whose aim is to keep the world’s oceans teeming with life, and safeguard seafood supplies for this and future generations. Its Blue Fish label and certification programme recognises and rewards sustainable fishing practices, and is helping create a more sustainable seafood market.
ABOVE: Loren Hiller, MSC UK Commercial Manager (far Left), with Nicola Penn (centre) and Hema Jankee (far right) of Nottingham University picked up ‘Sustainable’ University of the Year.
The award sees Nottingham University rubbing shoulders with retailers, such as Waitrose who won Fish Counter of the Year, as well as a big name in the seafood world, chef Mitch Tonks, who was named Chef of the Year for championing sustainable seafood across his Rockfish restaurant chain for almost ten years.
MSC certification reassures our students we are buying quality and sustainably sourced fish. We are proud to say that all our fish can be traced back to independently certified sustainable fisheries
Other winners included Café Rouge, who picked up an award for Menu of the Year after placing certified sustainable choices for their customers in over 70 restaurants across the country.
Other retailers and brands recognised include Sainsbury’s, who won Supermarket of the Year, and discounter Lidl, who received the Mid-Size Store Retailer of the Year for their broad range of certified sustainable seafood with MSC’s Blue Fish Label.
Nicola Penn, Procurement Business Manager at Nottingham University, explained what the award means to them: “We are delighted to have received the MSC University of the Year award for the second year. Students are increasingly demanding more sustainably sourced and healthier food options on campus, and we really take pride in providing sustainably sourced food. MSC certification reassures our students we are buying quality and sustainably sourced fish. We are proud to say that all our fish can be traced back to independently certified sustainable fisheries.”