Sustainable fishing and fish farming has gained more attention and is crucial to our environment. Sustainable seafood is purchased from sustainable fisheries that can be from wild fisheries or farm raised aquaculture and will likely hold some type of certification, such as:
ASC Aquaculture Certification
Over consumption of seafood globally has caused “90% of the world’s fisheries” to be either fully exploited, overexploited or collapsed. Ocean health helps regulate climate change, and the fishing industry provides millions of jobs globally. More education around sustainable procurement practices is needed, especially when it comes to sustainable seafood.
Consumers are increasingly more aware of overfishing and poor labor issues within the seafood industry; will expect properties to source from sustainable fisheries.
Tips on Sustainable Seafood Purchases:
Keep up to date on latest seafood guides
Work alongside seafood suppliers to request sustainable options for procurement
Steps to buying sustainably:
Conduct a seafood inventory audit.
Indicate which areas of your current supply chain can be replaced with more sustainable options
Have culinary team manage and implement menu changes to incorporate sustainable seafood.
This is a necessary effort that engages the food & beverage department to adopt sustainable seafood procurement policies alongside menu planning efforts. Buy local seafood when possible and has some type of certification. US-based fisheries are preferred because they are more regulated. Have an overall policy statement around sustainable seafood for all related marketing collateral on property’s website, menu or brochures for the hotel and restaurant.
Gauge guest expectations.
Are there any menu items that draw negative attention towards the hotel? (i.e. shark fin, Chilean Sea Bass, etc.)
Have staff gauge if certain types of seafood are being requested by the guest.
Sustainable Seafood Shopping can make a large difference in the fish population. Please use sustainable sources when purchasing.
Source: Greenview Portal