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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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Choosing sustainable seafood

Photo credit: Mike Sutton Brown. Your Shot, National Geographic.

Aquaculture expert Mike Velings asserts in his TED Talk ‘The Case for Fish Farming’ that our oceans serve as the main source of animal protein with over 2.6 billion people dependent upon it every day.


Seafood not only offers a tasty source of omega-3 fatty acids but it is also the highest efficient source of protein, aside from insects. Making sustainable seafood choices is, therefore, the best solution to prevent irreversible damage to our oceans. Here are some tips about how to choose healthy, delicious, ocean-friendly seafood:

 

Sustainable Seafood : Consumer Guide

Seafood Watch Pocket Guide provides consumers with an easy way to check for sustainable seafood choices. © Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Stay informed

Stay informed. Learn all you can about the latest issues facing our seas and oceans and how you can make a difference. Visit to Marine Conservation Society (MCS) website to learn more about why we must do more to protect these waters, shorelines and the wildlife in their natural habitats. Read more here:

2017 Seafood Watch’s Consumer Guides

Download ‘Back to Basics: Fish Source Guide

 

Sustainable Seafood_Fishmonger

  • Get curious

Always ask your fishmonger detailed questions about where and how it was caught; especially if the labels do not provide this information. These questions will enable you to assess your fishmonger’s knowledge and appreciation about the importance of sustainable and responsible fishing and farming methods. Read more here.

 

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  • Use the mobile apps

There are organisations and mobile apps to help you find the most sustainable seafood. Check out Seafood Watch, developed by Monterey Bay Aquarium, to get recommendations on choosing the best seafood. The app will also locate businesses that serve sustainable seafood. The app is designed to help you make informed choices when you’re shopping or dining out.

 

MSC Labelling

Look for the blue MSC label on seafood for the best environmental choice in sustainable seafood. © Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in the UK.

  • Look for a label

Choose sustainable seafood by looking at labelling information for evidence of responsible farming and fishing. Find out the examples of Sustainable Seafood Labels to help you to make the right choice when buying seafood.

 

We must protect out oceans, ensuring that fish stocks are not depleted to a level where future generations are left without this vital and very health source of food and nutrition.

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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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