Education Outreach- Responsible Seafood Sourcing

In an increasingly global market, celebrity chefs and customers alike are becoming aware of the issues affecting our ocean’s health and have decided to generate change through their purchasing power. Hence, the importance of providing current chefs and culinary students with information they can utilize to review their sourcing practices and choose to develop a responsible seafood sourcing policy. We would like to give a special thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program and to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for providing us with copies of their Seafood Guides and Recommendations. We would also like to thank FishWise for providing information about responsible seafood and wild and farmed production methods that we could share with chefs at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Palm Beach Chapter meeting on Sept 8th, 2014 as well as the Feast of the Sea Seafood Festival on Sept 13th, 2014.

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Adriana Sánchez-Lindsay, president of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, was provided an opportunity to give a presentation about Responsible Seafood Sourcing to ACF members in which she discussed wild and farm raised certifications, sustainable seafood programs, and ways in which chefs can become active participants in the seafood sustainability discussion. These include by assessing their supply chain and, through a risk assessment, determine whether they would like to purchase seafood products that are certified or work within their supply chain as well as local NGOs (such as FishWise, New England Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program) on how to source products from Fishery Improvement Projects.

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Feast of the Sea Seafood Festival on September 13, 2014, provided yet another venue to reach a larger audience of attendees about the importance of marine conservation programs and seafood sustainability. Sea Delight was the seafood sponsor for the VIP section. As participants we were able to provide additional information about the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, our programs and also share with attendees the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program Southeast Consumer Guides.

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It has been a great month for education outreach for the Sea Delight Ocean Fund. We look forward to participating in more activities and sharing with others, not only the work we are doing, but also the incredible resources that are available through organizations such as Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, FishWise, etc.

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2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress- Merida, Mexico

The 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (2WSFC) took place in Merida, Mexico, on September 21-25, 2014. These series of interactive discussions focused on exploring “Options and Opportunities for Small-Scale Fisheries,” through seven distinct themes:

  • Economic Viability
  • Livelihoods and Well Being
  • Ecosystem Stewardship
  • Rights and Access
  • Food Security and Food Sovereignty
  • Governance and Governability
  • Assessment and Monitoring.

The congress was jointly organized and co-hosted by Professor Silvia Salas, CINVESTAV, Merida, Mexico, and Professor Ratana Chuenpagdee, Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) Project Director, Memorial University, St. John’s, Canada, along with many other local and international organizations. For more information, please visit: http://2wsfc.wordpress.com/

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In an effort to connect fishermen so that they can exchange ideas and learn from each other’s experience, the Sea Delight Ocean Fund (SDOF) and CeDePesca sponsored the participation of Mr. Jose Rody Alvarado Milahuichun in this congress. Mr. Alvarado Milahuichun is the leader of the artisanal fishery for Southern hake (merluza austral) in Hualaihué, Chile. The SDOF and CeDePesca organized a meeting with the local fishermen on Monday, September 22, so that he could discuss his experience with utilizing a Régimen Artesanal de Extracción (R.A.E.).

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The RAE is an artisanal quota system which consists of the distribution of the overall artisanal catch quota of a particular region, whether by area, vessel size, fishermen cooperatives or individual. The goal of this meeting was to better understand how artisanal quota system works in Chile and how it can be utilized by Mexican fishermen to address the issue of overfishing of red grouper and the potential benefits it would create as we move forward in the development of the Fishery Improvement Project for the Mexican Grouper Fishery.
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We will also be recording a second presentation so that we can share Mr. Alvarado Milahuichun’s experience with a larger audience. More details will follow.

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“One of the central lessons learned from this Congress is this: Direct involvement of fishermen enhances stewardship of Fishery Resources. As we continue to discuss topics such as economic gain vs. ecological preservation, creating and enforcement of regulations, and the implementation of a participatory fisheries management model, it’s imperative that we engage the fishermen as an active stakeholder and participant of this process. We must consider their livelihoods, as well as how these sustainability programs enhance or devalue their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Additionally, a global approach to collaboration is needed between nations to facilitate the management of shared stocks,” said Adriana Sanchez-Lindsay, Sea Delight’s Sustainability Coordinator and President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.