That means if we don’t learn to think about the fish we eat and where it comes from, we won’t have adequate supply in the future. This is according to a new study, which will be released at a press conference on November 3rd in Hong Kong by an eminent marine research team from University of British Columbia.
The study’s release kicks off a month-long Kin Hong “Healthy” Seafood Festival in November.
Organized by Hong Kong’s Ocean Recovery Alliance, in partnership with ADM Capital Foundation, the aim of the festival is to raise public awareness about the challenges we face and encourage people to consume differently.
“Our aim is to build public knowledge of sustainable seafood, why we should care about what we are eating, and where it comes from”, said Doug Woodring, Co-Founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance.
It also aims to facilitate restaurateurs’ access to sustainable seafood, with the intention of increasing availability and visibility in the market place.
Hong Kong restaurants, food caterers and prominent organizations are being invited to participate. Those who do will provide at least one certified sustainable seafood dish on their menus for the month. Caterers for schools, corporations and universities also are participating, with the goal of educating the local community about the state of marine ecosystems in the South China Sea.
A selection of prominent Hong Kong restaurants, hotels and organizations have already pledged their support, including Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Café Gray, Sohofama, Café Deco, Ocean Park, the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
“Beyond providing education about seafood sustainability, we hope to involve as many seafood retailers, restaurateurs and suppliers as possible and to provide an opportunity for the public to experience sustainable products first hand”, Woodring said.
The Ocean Recovery Alliance / ADM Capital Foundation initiative is in collaboration with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), which are the primary organisations setting standards for sustainable seafood globally.
List of Participating Restaurants, Hotels and Organizations:
1. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
3. Hotel ICON
4. Ocean Park Hong Kong
5. Table Seafood
6. The University of Hong Kong
7. The Ocean
8. Holy Crab
9. The American Club Hong Kong
10. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
12. The Hong Kong Jockey Club
13. City University of Hong Kong
14. The Continental
15. East Hotel Hong Kong
16. Fishful Season
17. Cafe Deco
20. Cafe Gray
Ocean Recovery Alliance
Registered in Hong Kong and California, Ocean Recovery Alliance forges new ways of thinking, technologies, creativity and collaborations to introduce innovative projects and initiatives that will help improving our ocean environment. This includes creating business opportunities for local communities when applicable, and addressing some of the pressing issues that our ocean faces today. It is one of the first the NGO’s to work with both the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank on their respective ocean programmes related to plastic pollution. It is runs the Ocean in Motion Film Festival each year, the only annual ocean film festival in Asia.
ADM Capital Foundation
ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF) was established in 2006 by the partners of Hong Kong-based investment advisor, ADM Capital (www.admcap.com to fund innovative approaches to promoting equity and environmental conservation in Asia. The Foundation helps organisations in Asia achieve positive social and environmental impact and aims to foster sustainable growth in its local partners by providing not only funding but also specific and relevant organisational support.