12 Strategies to Protect Coastal Habitat & Marine Environments

Sustainable Food & Tourism

In 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. 

The tourism industry can help promote this change by refusing to accept seafood that has been harvested unsustainably. While restaurants at tourist destinations could buy from larger companies that practice sustainable fishing, they could also purchase from smaller local fisherman (which puts more money back into the local economy) and/or from aquaculture providers. These restaurants can also choose to promote a sustainable catch of the day and educate guests on the importance of sustainable seafood. These resorts could also follow in the Walt Disney World Resort’s footsteps and maintain their own seafood stock. The Walt Disney World Resort is home to a 20,000 gallon aquaculture facility that grows 200 tons of fish each year for use in the Resort’s restaurants. The Land Pavilion in EPCOT utilizes hydroponics and aeroponics systems that grow tons of vegetables that are also served at Resort restaurants. If other restaurants would follow this industry leader, they too could reap the benefits of sustainable seafood.

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Ball, S. (2017). Sustainable Food & Tourism. Retrieved from http://www.bluecommunity.info/view/blog/58d309cd0cf2f1b5abcf4ad9

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