With stocks of fish and other seafood declining, population growing and demand rising, a future without seafood is on the horizon. It’s time to change the way we consume, buy, catch and farm seafood.
Over the past two decades our oceans have experienced rapid degradation. Although Asia is home to some of the richest, most diverse and productive fisheries in the world, its seafood resources are declining rapidly due to excessive and destructive fishing practices, pollution, and coastal development. Furthermore, throughout Asia fisheries are largely unmanaged. As a result, it’s likely you are eating seafood that is illegal or unregulated and therefore at risk of disappearing from our oceans. Hong Kong’s own fishery resources have been depleted to such an extent that we now rely on imports for about 90% of our seafood, as opposed to just 10% back in the 1950s.
As the 2nd largest consumer in Southeast Asia, the 8th largest consumer and 10th largest importer of seafood (by value) globally, Hong Kong has a responsibility to source sustainable seafood.
In September 2016, ChooseRightToday.org was launched as a platform to educate businesses and consumers on the consumption of sustainable seafood. Contrary to popular belief, sustainable seafood is not farmed seafood, but seafood captured or farmed in a way that minimises harm to the marine environment. The Choose Right Today website is a first step in providing online guidance about sustainable seafood to consumers in Hong Kong, focusing on why it is important, what it is and where one can find it. The site contains important information on eco-labels found in Hong Kong, seafood that is sustainable and seafood that should be avoided. It provides a guide to Hong Kong’s major supermarkets and lists a wide selection of restaurants carrying sustainable seafood.
To create awareness, ADMCF and Choose Right Today, with support from Swire Charitable Trusts, initiated the KIN HONG Seafood Festival in 2015. The month-long festival aims to build awareness and provide opportunities for Hong Kong residents to experience sustainable seafood first hand, while encouraging the F&B industry to source and serve it. In 2017, more than 100 restaurants, retailers, catering companies, airlines and entertainment venues joined the festival and committed to serving sustainable seafood dishes throughout the month of September. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and the majority of participants have pledged to continue their involvement in future events.
- A list of restaurants a the Kin Hong Seafood Festival Part I
- A list of restaurants a the Kin Hong Seafood Festival Part II
- A list of restaurants a the Kin Hong Seafood Festival Part III
Visit the Choose Right Today website for information on upcoming sustainable seafood events.