The National Marine Aquarium has gratefully received a further donation of £13,000 from neighbouring restaurant, Rockfish. The contribution from Mitch Tonks’ seafood restaurant now totals almost £27,000 after previous donations of £11,000 and £2,800 were made in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
In April 2014, Rockfish added a £1 voluntary donation to customers’ bills with all contributions going to the Aquarium. The funds are used to support the charity in its aims to connect us with our Ocean through education, conservation and research. This donation in particular will be used for the Aquarium’s Reconnect project, which aims to re-engage the public with seafood.
The brainchild of award-winning food writer, restaurateur and chef Mitch Tonks, Rockfish Plymouth serves up a wide range of fantastic family seafood, most of which is sustainably sourced and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), with much coming straight from local fishermen.
Roger Maslin, CEO at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “We are delighted to receive another generous donation from Rockfish customers. We share many of Rockfish’s values when it comes to helping preserve the marine environment, sourcing only the best sustainable seafood and keep fish stocks at healthy levels, so we were thrilled when the restaurant chose to support the Aquarium with this scheme.
“Previous donations received from Rockfish customers are already being used to support our marine conservation projects that help connect us with our Oceans – it’s fantastic to receive another sizable sum that will go a long way in driving forward our seafood educational project, Reconnect.”
Mitch Tonks added: “The Aquarium do so much work behind the scenes in investing time and resource into marine sustainability, a subject that is very dear to the values of Rockfish. We’re delighted that our customers are also keen to support our neighbours like this.”