“TASTE OF THE SEA” #LOVEFORLOCALS CAMPAIGN PARTNERS WITH LOCAL COMPANIES ON THEIR FIRST FRESHWATER BASS TOURNAMENT

July 22, 2017 from 9 AM to 4 PM

Miami, FL – The Sea Delight Ocean Fund, a Miami-based 501(c) non-profit, is excited to partner with ReelHooking to organize our first Freshwater Bass Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, located at 8000 NW 25th St #500, Doral, FL 33122 on Saturday July 22, 2017.

This event is part of our #LOVEFORLOCALS campaign and we are thrilled to collaborate with Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Sea Delight, DueSouth, Lucky Tackle Box, Mad Juicy Baits, One Stop Marine, and Fish Whistle Apparel to educate and raise awareness in our community about seafood sustainability and best fishing practices. All proceeds will benefit the global fishery improvement projects supported by the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

“This is our third year collaborating with Biscayne Bay Brewing Company and we are honored to have them host this wonderful event. In the spirit of ‘Making Fisheries Great Again,’ we are also thrilled that Chef Robyn Almodovar, winner of Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ and ‘Cutthroat Kitchen,’ and Sea Delight’s Chef Ambassador will join us with her Palate Party Food Truck and continue to help us share delicious seafood dishes that can be enjoyed with Biscayne Bay Brewing Company’s amazing craft beers.  We are dedicated to celebrating ocean ecosystems, as well as sharing information about land-to-sea connections and the role people play in assuring the health of the world’s ocean for future generations and Taste of the Sea #LOVEFORLOCALS provides the platform to do this,” shares Adriana Sanchez, President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

“We are excited to share our passion for fishing and seafood and work with the Sea Delight Ocean Fund in organizing their first Bass Tournament,” said Jasiel Morales, co-founder of ReelHooking. “It’s a great opportunity to support our seas and share our knowledge and love for local freshwater fishing with attendees,” shares Morales.

“At Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, we not only believe in supporting local small businesses, but also believe in the health of our oceans. We are excited to partner with the Sea Delight Ocean Fund and host this wonderful tournament. We look forward to sharing gourmet seafood bites prepared by our own chef on Saturday and pairing them with our delicious craft beers,” said Jose Mallea, Co-Owner of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company.

At the Taste of the Sea “Bass Tournament,” attendees will savor a variety of the finest in “responsibly sourced seafood,” delicious craft beers, raffles, prizes and more! Check-in is at 9 AM. Registration is $15 at EventBrite or onsite at 8000 NW 25th St #500, Doral, FL 33122 on Saturday July 22, 2017.

About Sea Delight Ocean Fund:

The Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc. (501(c)(3) status pending) was founded in 2012 as an organization to administer the existing sustainability projects led by Sea Delight, LLC., and assist with the development and funding of current and new initiatives. The Sea Delight Ocean Fund’s focus is education, strategic planning, and management of international and multicultural teams and projects, as well as fostering partnerships with members of the seafood industry and other conservation groups to assist in the proper development and implementation of marine conservation efforts. www.sdoceanfund.org

About ReelHooking

Reelhooking was founded with the passion that three anglers have for the sport of fishing. With three distinctive styles of fishing we decided to join forces and bring great content to a community that love’s fishing just as mush we do! From traveling the states catching different species to going cross country. Our main objective is to create beautiful flies for many to enjoy. https://reelhooking.com/

About Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

Founded in 2012 and open in 2014, Biscayne Bay Brewing Company has proudly enjoyed serving its beers to thousands of patrons at over 250 locations in South Florida. We are grateful to our bar and restaurant partners for continuing to support local craft breweries and allowing beer drinking enthusiasts in South Florida to enjoy our beer. Giving back is an important part of our philosophy at BBBC; not just delicious craft beer but also by service to others. As a member of the community, we continually collaborate with local service organizations by sponsoring events and opening our facility for their use in order to raise resources and awareness that benefits the constituents that they serve. http://www.biscaynebaybrewing.com/

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“TASTE OF THE SEA” CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY

“TASTE OF THE SEA” CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY AT CHEF RYAN MARTIN’S 180º @ THE DRB WITH M.I.A. BEER COMPANY TO BENEFIT THE SEA DELIGHT OCEAN FUND’S FISHERY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

June 8, 2017 from 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

 

Miami, FL – May 23, 2017 – Celebrate the ocean and all it provides during a daylong “responsibly sourced seafood” and craft beer extravaganza at Chef Ryan Martin’s 180º @ the DRB paired with the finest craft beers from M.I.A. Beer Company to benefit the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, on June 8th from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm at 180º @ the DRB located at 501 N.E. 1st Avenue, Miami, FL  33132.

“We are expanding our “Taste of the Sea” annual fundraiser to include smaller and more intimate events to create awareness about seafood sustainability and the health of the oceans. This year we join a global celebration of our oceans by bringing to Miami “Taste of the Sea” to support World Oceans Day on June 8th. This daylong “responsibly sourced seafood” and craft beer showcase is dedicated to celebrating ocean ecosystems, as well as sharing information about land-to-sea connections and the role people play in assuring the health of the world’s ocean for future generations,” shares Adriana Sanchez, President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

“We are excited to collaborate again with Ryan Martin of 180º @ the DRB and welcome a new collaboration with Eddie Leon of M.I.A. Beer Company, who are generously donating 50% of the proceeds to the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, to continue our strong efforts for sustainable seafood and ocean conservation,” boasts Sanchez.

“I’m always thrilled to support the Sea delight Ocean Fund and to host their Taste of the Sea fundraising event in honor of World Oceans Day,” says Chef Martin. “It’s a great opportunity to support our seas and add my global flavor profiles to create mouth-watering seafood dishes that pair deliciously with M.I.A. craft beers,” shares Martin.

At the Taste of the Sea celebration, attendees will savor a variety of the finest in “responsibly sourced seafood” paired with craft beers selected to blend with the flavors and essence of each fish dish. These special tasty pairings include:

SPICY TUNA POKE- $14.00

Yellowfin Tuna – diced raw tuna – green inion – sesame seeds – soy sauce – ozeki sake – sriracha – miso – mango avocado salsa paired with:

M.I.A. Big In Japan Sake Beer (10% ABV)   $8 full pour

OCTOPUS CEVICHE – $16.00

Octopus – red onion- cucumber – jalapeno – cilantro – lime juice – yuzu koshu – yuzu juice – yuzo tobiko paired with:

M.I.A.  Yachtzee Saison (5.5% ABV)   $6 full pour

FRIED SNAPPER SANDWICH– $16.00

Crispy Fried Snapper – jicama apple slaw, jalapeno – horseradish garlic aioli paired with:

M.I.A. Neon White IPA (7.5% ABV)  $7 full pour

STEELHEAD TROUT – $18.00

Trout sous vide at 117º in an Asian marinade comprised of sesame oil, sake, brown sugar, and soy paired with:

M.I.A. Amberghini Amber Ale (5.5%)  $6 full pour

“There is nothing better than paring a crisp cold craft beer with a delicious gourmet seafood dish to raise funds for the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, while celebrating World Oceans Day, said Eddie Leon, Co-Owner of M.I.A. Beer Company.

Taste of the Sea hosts many fundraising and educational events throughout the year and has just started a #loveforlocals campaign to take these events on the road to local chefs and restaurants showcasing delicious responsibly sourced seafood and raise awareness for those chefs and restaurants who are looking to collaborate with the Sea Delight Ocean Fund.

 

 

About Sea Delight Ocean Fund:

The Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc. (501(c)(3) status pending) was founded in 2012 as an organization to administer the existing sustainability projects led by Sea Delight, LLC., and assist with the development and funding of current and new initiatives. The Sea Delight Ocean Fund’s focus is education, strategic planning, and management of international and multicultural teams and projects, as well as fostering partnerships with members of the seafood industry and other conservation groups to assist in the proper development and implementation of marine conservation efforts. www.sdoceanfund.org

Supporting HAPPI – Helping Autistic and Pancreatic Patients Internationally

Sea Delight Ocean Fund is proud to have collaborated with Chef Ryan Martin of 180º at the DRB for the launch of the Robin Shari Parker HAPPI Foundation at their HAPPI Hours fundraising event on Thursday, March 30th at the stunning Allied Kitchen and Bath Design Center.

Chef Ryan Martin prepared his delicious and mouth-watering sustainable Tuna Poke Taco with spicy and citrus accouchements to the 150 guests celebrating the launch of this fantastic charity organization.

HAPPI – Helping Autistic and Pancreatic Patients Internationally.

Sea Delight, LLC  once again donated  handline caught tuna from Vietnam, source from one of the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) that the Sea Delight Ocean Fund supports.  “We believe in the importance to continue working with Chefs and organizations in promoting the consumption of responsibly sourced seafood. Research has shown the incredible benefits of eating seafood to maintain a healthy diet and we are happy to be able to support the launch of this wonderful organization,” Adriana Sanchez, President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund and Sustainability Director at Sea Delight, LLC.

The Robin Shari Parker HAPPI Foundation is a Florida-based 501(c )(3) organization formed to support education, research, and family care for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum and related social-communication disorders, as well as those impacted by pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Robin Parker was a beloved, gifted, and globally respected speech-language pathologist who was known for her expertise in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Robin Shari Parker died on July 16, 2014 at the age of 50 after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer. As in everything Robin did, she fought hard but eventually lost her battle to this dreadful disease and leaves her legacy with all she knew and touched.

 

 

New Times 9th Annual Artopia

Miami New Times 9th Annual ARTOPIA® event presented by Miracle Mile Downtown Coral Gables took place on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6pm – 10pm at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables. This event joined together an eclectic touch of art, culture, fashion, food, music and film. Join us as we celebrate Miami’s best artists, musicians, fashion designers, culinary masters and mixologists.

We had the honor to collaborate once again with incredible Chef Ryan Martin from 180° @ The DRB. The tuna used by Chef Martin was donated by Sea Delight in support of Sea Delight Ocean Fund’s mission to create awareness about seafood sustainability and Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP).

“It was great working with Sea Delight and supporting the Sea Delight Ocean Fund’s work towards Fishery Improvement Projects around the world,” said Chef Ryan Martin. “We created a poke tuna taco using tuna that is handline caught from Vietnam and sourced from one of these projects. We believe Chefs should act as ambassadors for seafood sustainability and we are proud to have had the opportunity to collaborate again with the Sea Delight Ocean Fund,” he added.

“Working with Chefs as Ambassadors of Seafood Sustainability is our way to help create awareness about sustainability here in South Florida. We believe consumer education is key in order to achieve long term sustainability and the health of our oceans,” said Adriana Sanchez, President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund. “We look forward to working again with Chef Ryan (among others) at the Green Gourmet in Rock The Ocean‘s Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale Beach on April 7-9.

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About 180° @ The DRB
180 degrees is a gastropub in the purest sense of the term, simple food performed with skillful execution and presentation. Its global plates made Chef Ryan Martin’s way. You can come in with your friends and order a few plates, or enjoy more than one item all to yourself. The motto here is gastronomy redefined, using ingredients from around the world and practicing an array of techniques and culinary tools including sous vide, dehydration, smoking and molecular gastronomy. You are not just eating, you are having a culinary experience, down to one of the over 150 craft beers you can order with your food, which have been handpicked by the chef himself to pair with your meal. We are available for Lunch, Dinner, happy hour, and brunch. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown off the north campus metro rail stop. Ample parking provided in the back.

About the Sea Delight Ocean Fund:
The Sea Delight Ocean Fund, is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2012 to create and support global fishery improvement projects and better fishing practices initiatives that protect marine resources and promote conservation efforts globally.

Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna Fishery Improvement Project Industry Meeting

Nha Trang, Vietnam
October 24, 2016

A meeting to review the status of the Vietnam Yellowfin Tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) was convened here for members of the FIP Industry Advisory Group. The meeting was attended by local tuna processors, international FIP Partners including Sea Delight, other importers, distributors and representatives of national and provincial fisheries departments, . The meeting was hosted by WWF Vietnam, WWF Coral Triangle and Vina Tuna.

 1. FIP Progress Review

The meeting got underway with a presentation on the current progress of the FIP against the Work Plan projections. It was noted that the FIP had not made as much overall progress as projected when the Work Plan, and with particular attention to MSC Principle 1 (stock condition), where there remain gaps between stock management in Vietnam and the measures set out by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

pic-1MSC Scoring for the FIP, note the improvements needed in Principle 3 (WWF Coral Triangle)

Presentations were then made by FIP Industry members on progress made on Work Plan tasks. It was reported that onboard logbook awareness training, observer training and preparation for onboard observer trials, including circle hook trials were ongoing.  It was noted that these contributions were important in achieving measured progress on Principle 2 (ecosystems).

Sea Delight Representative Stephen Fisher gave a short presentation on community outreach work with supplier Thinh Hung Co. Limited on improving tuna quality and value returned to local fishing communities. Sea Delight also took the opportunity to announce the completion of an MOU with industry advocate group The Vietnam Tuna Association (VINATUNA) to support Sea Delight on the ongoing FIP work.

2Presentation on improved onboard tuna handling training

2. Report on Proposed Traceability System

The second segment of the meeting was opened with a presentation on the ongoing work of developing a workable traceability system for FIP tuna products. The key to the proposed system is a “Unique Trace Code” (UTC) to enable to trace and track FIP tuna at any step of production or distribution back to the harvest vessel.

Much work has already been done on this and prototype code has been developed and is undergoing testing. Sea Delight is supporting these efforts.

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 Discussion on traceability UTC

3. Review of Financing Models

The meeting was concluded with the presentation of proposed sustainable financing models for the ongoing FIP work. The current financing model is a traditional mix of fees paid by industry FIP members and financial support through NGOs (WWF) and supporting foundations. The problem with this approach is it is not predictable or sustainable from year to year and has resulted in shortfalls of the total budget requirement.

Two new financing models were proposed to the meeting both based on versions of the “penny per pound” system. This means that the FIP costs are passed on to the buyers in the form of a small price premium for FIP fish.

Detailed proposals on financing models will be provided to FIP industry partners for discussion in the near future. Sea Delight will be sure to report on the model adopted by the FIP.

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Nha Trang Seafood Processor Supports Local Tuna Fishing Communities

Oct. 17, 2016
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Thinh Hung Co. LTD, a frozen seafood processor based here in Nha Trang, has entered phase 2 of an effort to support local tuna fishing communities. These communities, fishing from handline vessels in Vietnam’s Eastern Sea (Hoang Sa, Truong Sa), have been providing Thinh Hung with fresh, good quality, tuna for years. However, Thinh Hung Vice President, Huynh Dac Tri, saw there was room for improvement in overall catch quality and a way to “pay it back” to the fishers themselves.

1The Director of the Khanh Hoa Province Department of Fisheries opens the meeting

 Mr. Tri and Thinh Hung Co. ownership made a simple offer to tuna vessel owners: We will teach you better onboard handling practice for tuna, provide you the tools to accomplish it, and pay you more for the better quality tuna you harvest. This offer was backed up by the support of key customers like Sea Delight.

In the past many buyers have come forward and offered the tuna fishing communities more money if they would catch better quality fish. But there was always a “catch”; fishermen would have to finance the extra gear and effort to improve quality themselves before seeing any higher price. Thinh Hung took a new approach that vessel owners could understand and accept. All fish are tracked from vessel to factory. Vessel lots with more than 10% air export grade are paid a premium per kilo. The quality records are shared with the vessel owners and each month the 3 top quality vessels from each port receive a bonus. Every 6 months the top 3 quality vessels receive an additional, much larger, bonus.

So far 139 vessels in Binh Dinh Province have been following the program and there are 46 new members here in Khanh Hoa as of this writing.

Sea Delight representative Stephen Fisher attended the training on Oct. 17 in Nha Trang for the Khanh Hoa vessel captains. The training was also supported and hosted by the Khanh Hoa Province Department of Fisheries.

Clear and concise photo presentations and videos were shown to the captains. These showed how properly handle tuna at the time of catch in order to improve quality. Each vessel owner was then presented with a set of the same high-quality stainless steel tools shown in the presentations. All were also entered into the quality/reward program for all upcoming fishing trips.

2The Head of the Khanh Hoa Tuna Fishing association and Thinh Hung Co. Vice President Huynh Dac Tri sign an MOU on the Better Practice program.

The program is already working in Binh Dinh, with a higher percentage of good quality fish being landed and better prices and bonuses going back to the fishing communities. Sea Delight will be sure to report on the progress of the program here in Khanh Hoa as well.

 

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FisheryProgress.org Launch Makes Improvement Project Sourcing Easier

The number of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) globally has grown dramatically, yet there has been no central clearinghouse for detailed FIP progress tracking. However, that will change this week with the launch of FisheryProgress.org.

FisheryProgress.org is a one-stop shop for information on the progress of global fishery improvement projects. It makes tracking progress more efficient, consistent, and reliable for businesses that support FIPs. The website will make it easier for FIPs to showcase their progress to potential buyers and for businesses to find FIPs that meet their sustainable seafood commitments.

The site, a collaboration between the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions and FishChoice, gives users all the information they need to make decisions about whether FIPs meet their sourcing policy. Users can search for FIPs or browse a full list of all the FIPs on the site. For each FIP, users will start with a progress snapshot and can easily access workplan details and supporting documentation if they need more information.

FisheryProgress.org users can trust the information they find on the site because it’s all verified regularly. FisheryProgress.org staff conduct an initial review of information when a FIP requests to be included in the site to confirm that the FIP meets the Conservation Alliance’s guidelines, which serve as the foundation for the site. In addition, staff review each FIP’s progress reports once a year to ensure the information is accurate.

Interested in learning more? Join a webinar to learn more about the site features and how you can create an account. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3 from 2-3pm ET/11am-12pm PT, and you can RSVP by emailing Liz Kieffer (liz@springboard.partners).

Learn more about the site at http://www.FisheryProgress.org, and contact Kristin Sherwood (kristin@fishchoice.com) with any questions.