Sustainable Seafood Strategies: Education and Responsibility

Sustainable Seafood Strategies: Education and Responsibility                  

Food tourism is on the rise. Eating healthy food is on the rise. Interest in locally sourced food is on the rise. Sustainable tourism is on the rise. This is a perfect formula for the tourism industry to act upon, by educating their guests on local sustainable food choices. Travelers are now seeking out experiences where they are able appreciate and consume the local food, drink or culinary techniques at their travel destination(s). This popular trend of tourism, at the helping hand of social media, can do nothing but help promote sustainable food education within the industry. There two key strategies that I believe are the most important in promoting sustainability in any form (not just food sustainability): education and responsibility.

A great way for a tourism setting to tie in education and responsibility (in regards to their local food and seafood) is to promote not just go out fishing, but one where guests have hands on education within the experience. They would have the opportunity to fish the waters with a local fisherman while learning about the ecosystems of the area, fishing methods/techniques used, local species information, fishing regulations, sustainable seafood choices, environmental concerns, etc.

After a day of fishing (or riding along), the excursion would continue back on land. Guests would assist in the proper cleaning and preparing of the sustainable fish that they caught and will be able to enjoy for dinner. They could also have a cooking lesson, with a local chef or farmer, with their catch and see how it can be paired with local fruits, vegetables or other local crops.

There is a social disconnect with many communities and their local food. This type of setting could close that gap and incorporate a partnership with local resorts, restaurants, fishing industry and local farms to help promote their commodities and offer their education. Along with the education that is being provided, this is showing the community’s responsibility to sustainability. We all have a responsibility in our choices. The industry has the responsibility to select the best sustainable choices and refuse what is not acceptable. We as consumers have the responsibility to do the exact same.

This type of experience would give the guest not just a standard fishing trip (that most have experienced), but a complete local culinary excursion (that most have not experienced) where they were involved right from the beginning until the end. I am quite confident that the guests would take the education home, apply that gained knowledge and responsibility to their choices at their next dinner out or at the local grocery store.

 
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Allen, H. (2018). Sustainable Seafood Strategies: Education and Responsibility. Retrieved from http://www.bluecommunity.info/view/article/5ab0981f0cf26bc6ab8f3d3b

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Amy Rubio wrote: 03-20-2018 14:51:46

Heather Van Allen, I like your suggestions for the tourism industry to incorporate educational excursions in which the guests can participate. Allowing guests to experience where their food is grown or caught gives them a wonderful learning experience. I love the idea of a personalized cooking lesson where guests can take part in harvesting their food, preparing it and enjoying it. This could help guests try to incorporate these ideas into their own cooking and daily lives.