Businesses and organisations across Bournemouth and Poole have been recognised for their commitment to serving up sustainable fish.

Together, the two towns are the first in the world to achieve “Sustainable Fish City status” after caterers and restaurants pledged to support the scheme. Sarah Watson, manager of the Sustainable Food City Partnership for Bournemouth and Poole, pictured with Molly Scott Cato and Matt Budden, said: “We were determined that Bournemouth and Poole would be the first area to achieve this award. “We not only have some of the best places to eat out in the country but we also have an important fishing industry around Poole Quay, which is a significant part of our local culture.” Organisations that have committed to the scheme include nearly all primary schools, leisure centres and major hospitals in the two towns.

Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth University, AFC Bournemouth and the Highcliff Marriot Hotel have also made the pledge.

Ms Watson added: “We want to thank everyone who has pledged so far and are really looking forward to celebrating this achievement with the community this summer.”