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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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Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

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The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise

The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says.

Attenborough will issue the warning in the final episode of the Blue Planet 2 series, which details the damage being wreaked in seas around the globe by climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing and even noise.

Previous BBC nature series presented by Attenborough have sometimes been criticised for treading too lightly around humanity’s damage to the planet. But the final episode of the latest series is entirely dedicated to the issue.

“For years we thought the oceans were so vast and the inhabitants so infinitely numerous that nothing we could do could have an effect upon them. But now we know that was wrong,” says Attenborough. “It is now clear our actions are having a significant impact on the world’s oceans. [They] are under threat now as never before in human history. Many people believe the oceans have reached a crisis point.”

Read the full article here.

By  for The Guardian.

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EU overfishing to continue until 2034 at current trend

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EU states agreed that by 2020 all fish stocks should be caught sustainably. (Photo: Environmental Justice Foundation)


The European Union’s fleets will continue to overfish until 2034, unless states take a wholly different approach to setting annual quotas, according to a new estimate.

EU states agreed that by 2020 all fish stocks – i.e. species in a certain area – should be caught sustainably. That means that only the amount of fish is caught that scientists think will not disrupt the species’ ability to reproduce. By . Read more.

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To commemorate World Oceans Day this past Monday June 8, we bring you ways to help you make sustainable seafood decisions.

In cultures around the world, seafood is a large part of a person’s diet, and is a delicacy enjoyed by many. Sustainable seafood means the food from our waters is caught or farmed responsibly, thereby ensuring the long-term health of our marine ecosystems as well as the livelihood of those who depend on seafood. By making educated decisions when eating seafood, we can help put an end to overfishing, and still enjoy delicious fish and shellfish for years to come.

Here are some guides to help you make educated menu decisions:
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