CHILDREN in Hucknall are hooked on the idea of sustainable fishing — as our photos prove from the first ‘fish and chip Friday’ of a new menu at Hillside Primary School.
Youngsters at the Roberts Lane school tucked into the tasty meal to back Notts County Council’s decision to serve up the fish variety pollack as part of school meals for the fifth year running.
The council buys just over 20 tonnes of the white fish each year as part of a commitment to only buying supplies from fisheries which support sustainable fishing.
The aim is to revive interest in unfashionable varieties and also to help cut down on practices that see some waters overfished.
As well as the breaded and uncoated pollack fillets, the council has also bought more than 13 tonnes of sustainably-sourced salmon fish fingers and 36 tonnes of line-caught tinned tuna.
The council is serving 1,000 more meals a day in schools now compared with a year ago.
Coun Andy Stewart (Con), the council’s lead member for personnel and performance, said: “We’ve got the difficult task of balancing nutritional needs with offering meals which will also appeal to as many of our children as possible. Breaded pollack and chips is our second most popular dish after the weekly roast.
“When we became the first local authority in the country to achieve the Food for Life Partnership’s Silver Caterers Mark for all our schools, part of this was achieved by becoming Marine Stewardship Council accredited ensuring that all our fish comes from sustainable stocks.”
Donna Baines, the council’s food development officer, said: “It’s great we’re able to rekindle demand for one of our native fish species.