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World Tuna Day is approaching – let’s talk Sustainable Seafood!

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Sustainable seafood is a relatively new concept and as the world population keeps growing exponentially, the over exploitation of wildlife continues to impact marine species. The many great qualities of tuna have led to an overwhelming demand for the fish.

Hotels are amongst the largest seafood buyers in the world, with some large hotels and resorts consuming over a ton of seafood every day. Today, many organisations including the WWF and IUCN have recognised these issues and work to promote the conservation and sustainable use of species, including tuna.

Many large hotel brands, notably Hyatt Hotels have taken initiative by implementing a sustainable seafood strategy in compliance with the WWF.  Like Hyatt Hotels and Marriott, these guidelines could help your business source seafood more sustainably:

1. Create a culture of awareness- Consider bringing in specialists in the subject to educate staff and create engagement.

2. Define Procurement Criteria – Hotels in regions where sustainable options are scarce might consider WWF guidelines and organic farm certifications. Learn more here.

3. Evaluate Seafood Purchases – Consider cutting down your seafood menu! The Grand Hyatt Singapore has cut down from 600 to 100 options.

4. Work with Suppliers to Manage Overall Costs – Consider using fewer, more reliable suppliers. They can likely help you cut costs and find the best menu options.

5. Avoid Endangered Species – Work to identify endangered species and avoid them completely unless a sustainable source can be provided. There are lots of options out there, avoid unnecessary ones.

6. Improve the Traceability of the Seafood Supply – Use regulations to make sure your seafood is legal and regulated. Make sure all your seafood is traceable. Read more here.

World Tuna Day (May 2nd) is here to remind us of the importance of managing fish stock sustainably! Read more here.

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Humpback whales are among the species found in the Revillagigedo archipelago. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago

Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel.

The measures will help ensure the conservation of marine creatures including whales, giant rays and turtles.

The protection zone spans 57,000 sq miles (150,000 sq km) around the Revillagigedo islands, which lie 242 miles (390 km) south-west of the Baja California peninsula.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced the decision in a decree that also bans mining and the construction of new hotels on the islands.

Read the full article on the creation of this new marine reserve here.

By   for The Guardian.

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The Sustainable Tourism CRC, in partnership with Brisbane City Council and Redland Shire Council, was requested to develop a framework for the sustainable management of tourism and recreation in Moreton Bay. Before developing any strategy for sustainable tourism in Moreton Bay it was essential to understand the extent of tourism, as well as recreation activity, in the area and to conduct a preliminary analysis of how that visitation may impact on the surrounding natural and social environment.

by Michelle Whitmore and Terry De Lacy

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Sustainable Development and Management of Tourism in Moreton Bay

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This study investigated the importance of aquatic ecosystems to tourism and recreation and assessed the potential and current impacts of this resource use on the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems in Australia. Through literature searches and the development of surveys we aimed to integrate current ‘on-the-ground’ activities with what is known of the impacts of tourism and recreation on aquatic ecosystems worldwide. We propose a suite of research and development priorities and opportunities arising from this that will enhance our understanding of ecosystem responses to tourism and recreation and facilitate the sustainable management of Australia’s in demand aquatic resources.

by Wade L. Hadwen, Angela H. Arthington, Paul I. Boon, Muriel Lepesteur and Arthur McComb

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Rivers, Streams, Lakes and Estuaries: Hot Spots for cool Recreation and Tourism in Australia

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This report provides the latest information about the characteristics and behaviours of visitors for the tourism industry, managers, and other research projects based in the Ningaloo Coastal Region. The Ningaloo Destination Modelling (NDM) project is a collaborative project between researchers from seven Australian universities and Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre that will deliver a scenario planning tool that assesses the social, environmental and economic impact of tourism planning strategies in order to assist tourism planning in a region that relies on its unique natural attractions.

by Tod Jones, Michael Hughes, David Wood, Anna Lewis and Philippa Chandler

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Ningaloo Coast Region Visitor Statistics: Collected for the Ningaloo Destination Modelling Project

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Wildlife tourism is big business worldwide, and is a valuable tool for nature conservation. This is a comprehensive volume on the subject, written by experts in the field and drawing on a wide range of disciplines. It covers the full scope of wildlife tourism, including zoos, wildlife watching, hunting and fishing. It provides an up-to-date review of wildlife tourism issues, and practical directions for enhancing its Triple Bottom Line sustainability. This book is essential reading for all tourism professionals, wildlife managers, recreation managers, researchers, and general readers with an interest in the role of wildlife in tourism. For a review of this title by WildWatch, go to this site – http://www.wildwatch.com/magazine/reviews.asp

by Karen Higginbottom

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Wildlife Tourism: Impacts, Management and Planning

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Indigenous Interests in Safari Hunting and Fishing Tourism in the Northern Territory

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Detailed review of tourism management issues in regard to guided sport fishing and commercial safari hunting ventures conducted on Aboriginal lands in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

by Lisa Palmer

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Indigenous Interests in Safari Hunting and Fishing Tourism in the Northern Territory

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An overview of the marine charter boat fishing sector in Australia, covering the size and composition of the sector, its rapid growth, the developing regulatory environment and the challenges and opportunities the sector is facing from both the natural resource management and tourism perspectives.

by Don Gartside

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Fishing Tourism: Charter Boat Fishing

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