Working closely with our conservation team at SEA LIFE, we work hard to ensure that our clients and their guests understand our sustainability policy and that all our events fall within specific guidelines. It is important to remember that many modern methods of fishing are irresponsible, destructive and wasteful. When it comes to fish, only five species make up 80% of all the seafood eaten in the UK and it is simply not possible for such a way of life to continue without severely and irreparably damaging the vital ecosystems of our oceans.
So, what does Merlin Venues do to help?
We only serve seafood which falls into one of these categories:
- Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood. This means that the fisheries our caterers use are: fishing in a sustainable manner, i.e. at a level where it can continue indefinitely; that their methods do not damage the marine environment and that they are not targeting endangered species. They should also be seen to actively maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem they fish in.
- Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified or organically farmed. This means ensuring that best practice is used to minimise the environmental and social footprint of aquaculture and that animal welfare standards are high.
- Pole or line caught skipjack or yellow fin tuna. This ensures that other species are not caught as bycatch when targeting tuna.
- Rated 1 or 2 on the Marine Conservation Society’s Guide to Sustainable Seafood. Guests to SEA LIFE London Aquarium can also take home a free ‘Pocket Good Fish Guide’, created by the Marine Conservation Society, to help them choose sustainable seafood themselves after they leave.
- We also encourage our guests to engage with important marine issues, conservation campaigns and worthwhile charities promoted around the aquarium including:
- The SEA LIFE Trust which is working globally to tackle issues such as whaling, overfishing, irresponsible fishing methods and plastic refuse.
- Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation’s work to make Britain shark-fin free; this innovative charity is sponsored by SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
- The Shark Trust’s No Limits campaign calls for science-based catch limits for sharks in European waters.
For more information on how we work to increase awareness of the plight of sea creatures in the world’s oceans, visit SEA LIFE London Conservation Protect our Seas.