Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Celebrities campaign against Nobu's bluefin tuna

05 June 2009 by
Celebrities campaign against Nobu's bluefin tuna

Nobu has come under fire from celebrity diners who are campaigning against the Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant serving an endangered fish.

Protesting actors, musicians and models have started a celebrity backlash against Nobu for selling bluefin tuna, which is on the brink of extinction.

Actresses Sienna Miller and Charlize Theron; musician Sting together with wife Trudie Styler; and model Elle Macpherson are among 31 celebrities who have sent a letter calling on Nobu Matsuhisa to remove the fish from the menus at his global restaurants.

The protest comes after Nobu refused to stop serving bluefin tuna and instead responded by advising diners at its London restaurants to ask for an alternative.

The restaurant had been urged to remove the fish from its menu by Charles Clover in his feature documentary film The End of the Line which examines the effects of the worldwide overfishing crisis.

In the letter to Nobu the celebrities said: "We very much hope that you value our comments as customers and therefore that you will seriously consider our request; allowing us all to dine with a clear conscience."

Nobu said that it "takes the issue of bluefin tuna and its environmentally threatened status very seriously and always has done".

But it added: "The consumption of this fish is a cultural institution in Japan and there is still an enormous demand for this delicacy at all our restaurants."

Earlier this week, restaurateurs were urged by Clover and Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, to back a campaign on sustainable fish.

Nobu warns diners off blue fin tuna at Berkeley Street and Park Lane >>

Campaigners ask restaurateurs to fight for fish >>

M&J Seafood to drop endangered bluefin tuna >>

EU bans bluefin tuna fishing until 2008 >>

Gordon Ramsay to take Bluefin off the menu >>

By Kerstin Kühn

E-mail your comments to Kerstin Kühn here.

Caterersearch.com jobs
Looking for a new job? Find your next restaurant job here with Caterersearch.com jobs

Blogs on Caterersearch.com](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs) Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking