07 June 2012

Michelin Chef's say....'Save Our Sea'

Written by Published in Food

Spend a pound, save the sea. That's the essence of the recent 'save the sea' campaign, which is being supported by the UK's top Michelin starred chefs who have partnered with the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) in an attempt to put an end to all 'pirate' fishing. With names like Marcus Wareing and Tom Aikens offering their full support, the high end restaurant industry are using their clout to help highlight this vitally important issue

Eleven fine dining restaurants are taking part in this ground level campaign that is encouraging its patrons to offer up a one pound donation in order to fund the EJF in their quest to eradicate illegal fishing.

By supporting EJF's work you will be helping to protect not only vulnerable marine life and oceans but also the people whose lives are affected by this form of piracy. In many countries fishing is still the primary source of income and indeed nourishment. With their livelihoods and food sources in jeopardy these communities are severely affected by what is a blatant breaking of fisheries laws, something which up until now has been largely ignored.piratefishing

Using fishing gear and methods that are banned including driftnets and longlines, it is not unusual for these illegal fishing vessels to haul in endangered species such as turtles, as well as destroying the habitats of thousands of other marine wildlife.

EJF's paramount concern is not only to promote sustainable and ethical fishing but ensure these laws are adhered to. With fish stock depletion now at an astronomical level, we are currently facing a global crisis so this campaign couldn't come at a more opportune time.

Lend your support, get involved and help end illegal fishing today.

To donate to the campaign please either visit the participating restaurants, visit EJF's website or text 'CHEFOO' followed by the amount you'd like to donate to 70070.

Participating restaurants include:

LONDON

Tom Aikens Restaurant, 43 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NT / +442075842003 / www.tomaikens.co.uk

The Wright Brothers: Oyster & Porter House, 11 Stoney Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AD / +442074039554 Soho Oyster House, 13 Kingly Street and G7/G8 Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW / +442074343611 www.thewrightbrothers.co.uk

Club Gascon, 57 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9DS / +442077960600 / www.clubgascon.com

The Duke of Cambridge, 30 St Peter's Street, Islington, London N1 / +442073593066 / www.dukeorganic.co.uk

Viajante, Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London E2 9NF / +442078710461 / www.viajante.co.uk

The Modern Pantry, 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ / +442075539210 / www.themodernpantry.co.uk

The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR / +442072783888 / www.thegilbertscott.co.uk

REST OF THE UK

River Cottage, River Cottage Deli & Canteen Axminster, Trinity Square, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AN / +441297631862 River Cottage Canteen & Deli Plymouth, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3QQ / +441752252702 www.rivercottage.net

SCOTLAND

Andrew Fairlie, The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland PH3 1NF / +441764694267 / www.andrewfairlie.co.uk

The Kitchin, 78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX / +441315551755 / www.thekitchin.com

Café Fish, 15 North West Circus Place Edinburgh EH3 6SX / +441312254431 / www.cafefish.net

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