Christopher Elliott from Queen’s University, a renowned expert on fish sustainability, was the key speaker at the recent launch of Fish City Belfast’s Healthy Options Menu.
Fish City owners John and Grainne Lavery have introduced the new red fish species onto their menus. Welcoming guests to the launch, John Lavery shared his vision by stating: “we at Fish City have a strong ethos on sustainability, traceability and nutrition. We have a solid commitment to these beliefs which have won us numerous awards and accreditations nationally and internationally in our sustainable and environment practices, healthy eating, food quality and marketing.”
Guest speaker Professor Elliott stated: “the concept of Fish City is absolutely in keeping with reconnecting people with what they eat, to understand that fish is delicious and nutritious but also sustainable and traceable is incredibly important.”
“Partnering with the Marine Conservation Society, and being the first restaurant in Northern Ireland to be MSC Certified, allows us to trace species of fish from ocean to plate. This ensures they are from healthy sustainable stocks safeguarding our oceans for future generations.
“We have a strict policy guide available to the public, highlighting our commitment to only serve fish from sustainable waters. We must support sustainable fishing to ensure fish stocks can be maintained for future generations, meaning that if we catch it, it must be easily replaced.
“We are pleased that the waters around Northern Ireland are fast approaching sustainable levels. We would hope that the exit of the EU does not threaten this approach by our local fisheries and reach the target of sustainable levels.
“According to the MSC ‘“Consumers can help reduce the strain on certain species by demanding that the fish they eat comes from sustainably managed stocks and is caught or farmed in a way that causes minimal damage to the marine environment and other wildlife.”’
We at Fish City strongly believe this and we have introduced new fish species, including ‘Red fish’, a recently MSC certified species which is beautifully sweet and tender. We are one of the few restaurants in Northern Ireland to have this fish on our menu.
“We decided that we could do more to promote the issues and challenges faced by our fishermen and supply chain.
Dr Lynn Gilmore of Seafish N. Ireland who attended the launch, said: “Healthy and sustainable seafood is key to John and Grainne’s innovative business and offering to their customers. This event has showcased their new healthy options menu as well as new opportunities on the horizon. It has been a great success as Fish City continues to flourish.”
“Great care is taken in preparing our own batter, ensuring it is light and full of flavour. Every portion of fish is cooked to perfection and everything is homemade, from tartar sauce to our mushy peas and sauces,” said John Lavery.
While John focuses on the quality of all fish and produce prepared by his team, Grainne manages front of house and welcomes customers to the restaurant, stating: “We are keen to promote fish and chips as one of the most nutritionally balanced takeaway options in the UK.
“We are customer focused and customer lead and one of our many success stories is to have our menus translated into different languages, supporting our local community as well as our tourism industry.”