SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

6 November, 2015
Ocean Recovery Alliance
Kin Hong Seafood Festival 2015
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If you have an appetite for seafood, be sure to check out the Kin Hong Seafood Festival, which runs throughout the month of November. Its goal is to help educate and create public awareness surrounding the options available for consuming seafood that is caught or farmed in a sustainable manner. It hopes to encourage seafood consumers, restaurants, retailers, and suppliers to get involved.
 
‘Kin Hong’ means healthy in Cantonese. This is a very significant title to describe seafood, which is sourced from clean waters, and is done so in a way that does not damage the ocean’s ecosystem. This sustainable practise allows time for the fish population to naturally replenish themselves, thereby ensuring supplies are available in the long run.
 
A recent report released by the University of British Columbia on the 3rd November 2015 outlines how the fish population have plummeted in the South China Sea as a result of pollution and over-fishing. Based on the information collected, a predictive modeling was undertaken to highlight the future state of the South China Sea. As well as outlining the study findings, the report also suggests implications for the future welfare of the fishing industry within the region.
 
The festival is organised by the Ocean Recovery Alliance in collaboration with Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture of Stewardship Council (ASC). Both MSC and ASC are the primary organisations, which certify and set standards for sustainable seafood internationally. This event is funded by the ADM Capital Foundation.
 
The festival will assist restaurateurs in accessing sustainable seafood. Participating restaurants are granted permission to use the MSC and ASC logos for free during the festival month. At least one certified sustainable seafood dish would be on the menus from each restaurant. Currently there are over 25 restaurants that signed up for the event, with more joining in the coming weeks. A number of well-known restaurants, hotels, and organizations based in Hong Kong showing their support include Café Deco, Café Gray, Four Seasons Hotel, Ocean Park, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and City University of Hong Kong, just to name a few.
 
Thanks to the festival, it offers the public a chance to experience sustainable seafood products themselves. More information about the event and participating restaurants or organizations can be found here: http://www.oceanrecov.org/activities/events/kin-hong-seafood-festival.html

By: Abbe Ho
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