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Sustainable Seafood in Chile Last Updated on 2017-03-29 09:32:34   The vastness of the world’s oceans along with its mystery has led humans to believe that it is a plentiful and seemingly boundless trove of resources. However, we are starting to realize that the oceans do have their limits and that this limit is being tested. The results have come back and they are overwhelmingly negative: overfishing, ocean acidification, pollution, etc. In fact, 85% of marine stocks are fished over capacity and have led to the elimination of 90% of the big fish (Smith, 2014). However, these results are largely what we would expect; it is the classic tragedy of the commons archetype in which individuals sharing a common resource take selfish actions, respectively, that then exploit and degrade this resource for all.   One of the locations where we have seen this archetype play out in our oceans is in Chile. With a 2,500 mile coastline to the West... More »
Sustainable Seafood in Chile Last Updated on 2017-03-29 09:31:28   The vastness of the world’s oceans along with its mystery has led humans to believe that it is a plentiful and seemingly boundless trove of resources. However, we are starting to realize that the oceans do have their limits and that this limit is being tested. The results have come back and they are overwhelmingly negative: overfishing, ocean acidification, pollution, etc. In fact, 85% of marine stocks are fished over capacity and have led to the elimination of 90% of the big fish (Smith, 2014). However, these results are largely what we would expect; it is the classic tragedy of the commons archetype in which individuals sharing a common resource take selfish actions, respectively, that then exploit and degrade this resource for all.   One of the locations where we have seen this archetype play out in our oceans is in Chile. With a 2,500 mile coastline to the West... More »
Strategies on promoting sustainable seafood in Shenzhen Last Updated on 2017-03-28 13:50:20       Shenzhen is a coastal city in the south of China. In the past fifty years, Shenzhen, as a central developed city based on Chinese urban development policy and strategies, has developed rapidly, and has become one of the most popular coastal cities in China. Shenzhen is located beside the south ocean in China, and is located in the subtropical zone, with many rivers, waters, which is the ideal area for the development of fisheries. Because Shenzhen is a subtropical marine climate area with mild climate, abundant rainfall, sunshine time, and four seasons, Shenzhen has many rich marine natural resources, economic fish, and seafood varieties. Nowadays, there are three large fishing grounds in Shenzhen, which are based on the different breeding of marine products. (Seafood from Yantian Harbour Seafood street)       Due to the geographical position of... More »
Sustainable Seafood in Miami Last Updated on 2017-03-27 22:48:06   With the formation of the Sustainability Committee in 2007, the City of Miami Beach has been taking steps to address growing concerns regarding the environment. The City’s Green Ad-hoc Committee (formed in July 2007) provides a community forum to discuss environmental issues within the city. In 2008, a new Key Intended Outcome (KIO) was added to the City’s Strategic Plan, "Enhance the Environmental Sustainability of the Community." It is more important than ever to take into consideration high levels of consumption and the pressure it puts on natural, human and social resources, with growing levels of tourists and permanent residents in the Miami Beach area. Miami Beach is an area rich in culture, and fantastic restaurants, but it is often hard to come across those dedicated to serving local and sustainable food, specifically seafood. As we become more... More »
Organic Food and Sustainable Seafood at Carnival Last Updated on 2017-03-26 22:04:38 Scott Sanders Organic Food and Sustainable Seafood at Carnival IDS 6237 Ecotourism: Sustainable Tourism Management David Randle 3/26/17     As consumers’ knowledge and consciousness of food safety and environmental issues grow, there is an increasing emergence in the use of organic and sustainable food options that are being integrated into the tourism industry. The tourism industry accounts for nearly 10% of the global GDP and is an industry that is continuing to grow. The Northeast Florida region is indicative of this trend as the area continues to grow and accommodate more tourists each year. With access to both marine and fresh water, year-round warm climate, and many historical landmarks and theme parks nearby, this coastal region is becoming a popular destination for tourists. With increasing demands for seafood and organic foods, the resort and tourism... More »