The oceans are being overfished at rate 40% than is sustainable.
Promotion of sustainable seafood has many benefits including:
Seafood is generally low in fat and high in Omega 3 making it a health choice.
Seafood uses far less carbon emissions than grain fed beef.
Making the choice for sustainable seafood promotes a market demand choice that changes the way fish are caught and farmed around the world.
A sustainable seafood choice is a vote in favor of protecting the oceans.
There are many simple ways to begin promoting sustainable seafood. Walt Disney World is a model for beginning this process through the following examples.
Annette Grecchi Gray, Chef de Cuisine at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Jiko restaurant won a Seafood Champion award for finding ways to replace non-sustainble fish choices with sustainable ones and promoting the concept throughout Walt Disney World
Aquaculture at the Land Pavilion provides sustainable seafood for the Coral Reef and other Walt Disney World® restaurants
The Wave Restaurant offers a "Sustainable Seafood Choice of the Day". This action in turn creates awareness of sustainable seafood to guests each day.
Sustainable Food & TourismLast Updated on 2017-03-22 19:33:37In the food supply industry, consumers are the driving force of the marketplace – through purchases, consumers tell suppliers the items that they want, and do not want, so that the in demand items can be stocked in store. When enough consumers ask for a particular product, a store or market will start to carry that product. By asking about where fish or other seafood comes from, and by choosing the sustainable option, it promotes a market demand choice that changes how fish are caught. The oceans are being overfished at 40% more than what is considered sustainable, with approximately 75% of fisheries overfished or depleted. By switching to sustainable practices (practices that allow for a population of fish species to be managed in a way that provides for today’s needs without jeopardizing future generations), the fishing industry can stay alive and profitable.
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Tortuga Turista Update 5Last Updated on 2016-08-22 10:43:07The third week of Tour de Turtles is complete. Tortuga Turista swam 111 miles (179 KM) this past week, 76 miles less than the week before and has dropped to 4t place. Apparently she is enjoying the Florida coastal tourism areas that attract millions each year.
To bad that her satellite transmitter only sends data and that she can't receive messages. If she could we might let her know that she is at Panama City Beach way to early for Spring Break and needs to get going on the race.
Go Tortuga Turista!
Tortuga Turista is currently visiting the Florida coastal waters near Pensacola Beach. Yesterday she was heading west toward New Orleans, LA but today has reversed course.
Reversing direction might not be a bad decision for as Tortuga Turista swims in this part of the Gulf of Mexico she faces the hazard of those commercial fishing operations that do not... More »
Capitalizing Climate Change ChallengesLast Updated on 2016-05-02 03:05:39
John Tomlinson IDS6237-EC1: Capitalizing Climate Change Challenges... April 28, 2016
It is true, perception IS everything! Thus, in continuing along a similar logic, the framing of questions and/or statements is then of a critical importance, as it helps to direct the interpretation and —consequently, the general perception—of what ever the respective question and/or statement may be; of special note here is, the power of words cannot be understated. To further clarify, the specific framing of a question and/or statement serves as a guide of sorts for the reader, helping to direct their interpretation through the strategic utilization of known words with common preconceptions, with the objective of advancing the specific advocacy of the question/statement source [who are typically unconcerned with the rationale of such... More »
Increasing local food for sustainable seafood in a tourism setting Last Updated on 2016-04-18 08:57:19
The best way to increase the use of anything is to educate others on the subject matter. With this being said, I believe that the best way to increase the use of local food for a sustainable seafood restaurant in a tourism setting is education. In this case, education is broken down into two sections. The first section is education of the establishment; the other is education of the tourist.
It is important to educate the establishment, because they would be the one implementing it. You would have to educate them on how it would be better for their business from a social, economic, and environmental standpoint.
It is also important to educate the tourist so that they are more likely to choose the “farm to table” restaurant style over a restaurant that it not practicing sustainable food. If the non-practicing restaurants see the restaurants with local food are... More »
The Decision Is On Our Plate And In Our CheckbookLast Updated on 2016-04-18 08:42:46 Our oceans are in a crisis. The importation of fish is contributing to overfishing and illegal fishing, and is negatively impacting the sustainability of our oceans. It is essential that seafood buyers are educated about the ongoing issue of illegal fishing and that by buying locally caught fish, they are making an important choice in helping our oceans once again reach sustainable levels.
According to PEW, 1 in every 5 fish on American plates is caught illegally. Further complicating the sustainability issue is that illegal fishing often comes in many forms of transnational crimes such as slavery, tax evasion, fraud, and money laundering. By eating fish, are we unknowingly endorsing a crime? Before we can begin to promote sustainable seafood practices within tourism settings, I feel we first need to address strategies to combat illegal, or unreported... More »
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