Hong Kong & Macau to Celebrate World Oceans Day with BAP-Certified Seafood
More than 30 leading restaurants and hotels in Hong Kong and Macau have created special menus highlighting responsibly sourced seafood in celebration of World Oceans Day to show their commitment toward eating responsible seafood.
Starting June 6, restaurants participating in the week-long event will serve seafood from certified aquaculture operations and biologically sustainable fishing operations. The urgent call to save depleting fish stocks ahead of June 8, United Nations World Oceans Day, was led by the Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC).
Thanks to the assurances GSA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) provides, many campaign participants, including Michelin star chefs, have chosen to use products from BAP-certified producers when designing their menus. This commitment supports ocean-minded businesses across the supply chain, including suppliers, distributors and producers.
Omnichannel dining concept KIN Food Halls has pledged to serve BAP-certified king salmon sourced from environmentally and socially responsible fish farms in New Zealand and Australia. Dishes include an assortment of nigiri sushi, including yuzu miso, spicy mayo, teriyaki and gunkan.
The HKSSC is a coalition of industry members aiming to advance the sustainable seafood market in Hong Kong through good sourcing practices. Its World Oceans Day special menu campaign is the first of its kind in the cities.
Hong Kong is a prodigious seafood consumer, importing products from more than 150 countries/territories and has a seafood consumption rate of 66.5 kilograms per capita per year — three times the global average.
With an estimated 34 percent of the world’s fisheries overfished, it is a critical time for the industry and consumers to adopt responsible seafood eating habits to achieve a blue economy for healthy oceans and future seafood abundance.
A full list of participating restaurants and their offerings are on the HKSSC website.
About Best Aquaculture Practices
Best Aquaculture Practices is a third-party certification program developed by the Global Seafood Alliance, an international, nonprofit trade association headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA, dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification standards, GSA has become the leading standards-setting organization for seafood.
About Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition
The Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition is a coalition of industry members aiming to advance the sustainable seafood market in Hong Kong through good sourcing practice. To bring systematic change, the HKSSC is here to unite members from across the supply chain to drive Hong Kong towards a future of seafood sustainability.