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How your seafood dishes could help ensure there’s plenty of fish in the sea

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Charity launches ‘Change for Fish’ scheme for restaurants to help raise awareness of seafood sustainability 

The UK’s leading marine charity says it believes a scheme, in which restaurants and eateries donate cash from the sale of their seafood dishes, will help bring the issue of making sustainable fish choices to a wide audience of diners.

‘Change for Fish’ is the brainchild of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and restaurant rating organisation, Fish2fork. It will see restaurants choose one or more seafood dishes that, when ordered, will suggest a discretionary donation to the charity which works to promote sustainable seafood to encourage environmental improvements in the way seafood is caught and farmed.

“Many fish populations have declined dramatically in recent decades and are struggling to recover. With almost 90 per cent of world fish stocks fully or over exploited from fishing, plus pressure from climate change and pollution, stocks need a helping hand to ensure chefs can serve up fish suppers for generations to come,” says MCS Corporate Partnerships Manager, Sanjay Mitra.

MCS says the ‘Change for Fish’ scheme will make it clear to customers the efforts of restaurants to improving the sustainability of the seafood they’re serving.

Before it becomes a ‘Change for Fish’ eatery, MCS and Fish2fork will work closely with the restaurant to help identify any red listed species (Fish to Avoid) on the menu and replace with better rated sources on the MCS Good Fish Guide – ensuring unsustainably caught or farmed fish are being kept out of the cooking pot.

“In a recent assessment of eleven high street restaurant chains and pubs we found that it’s a lack of information about the sources of seafood that is one of the biggest barriers for diners trying to eat seafood sustainably. We believe the ‘Change for Fish’ scheme will highlight the good dishes and encourage diners to choose those ahead of others where less information is available,” says Sanjay Mitra.

Restaurants will benefit from the support of MCS and Fish2fork through their digital networks of social media supporters and e-news subscribers amounting to a database of almost 200,000 potential customers. “We’re keen to raise the profile of restaurants and pubs taking part in the scheme because, that way, customers who want to make sustainable choices will know the best places to eat fish,” says Sanjay Mitra.

Participating eateries will also be featured in the ‘Change for Fish’ section of the MCS website www.mcsuk.org/changeforfish, will be listed on the charity’s Good Beach Guide website which has over 250,000 unique users per year, and will be listed on the Good Fish Guide app which has been featured in the Guardian’s Top 10 of sustainable food apps.

If you serve seafood and would like to find out how to get involved in the ‘Change for Fish’ scheme email fundraising@mcsuk.org for more details.

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Jeff chats to… Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Jo’s film – An Evolving Story – can be seen here:

Fifth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so deeperblue.net (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing.

DeeperBlue.com (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.

WEB: deeperblue.com

FB: facebook.com/deeperbluedotcom

IG: instagram.com/deeperbluegram

Twitter: twitter.com/deeperblue

YouTube: youtube.com/deeperbluevideo

App: deeperblue.com/app/

Podcast: deeperblue.com/podcast/


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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