WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE SEAFOOD?
We consider responsible seafood as the intersection of the sustainability of fish stocks or aquaculture products, the social equity that those practices produce, and the economic viability of this work to sustain systems in the long term. This often means fisheries and farms that are rated or in an improvement program, and fisheries and farms that are responsible but not yet assessed or certified.
It is built on three principles
A RESOURCE IN RAPID DECLINE
WHY IS SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD SO IMPORTANT?
Seafood is one of the last wild harvests and worldwide fisheries are collapsing. The capture of fish, crustaceans and mollusks has been declining by approximately 233,000 tons since 1989 and at least 70% of the world fish stocks are estimated to be fully exploited or recovering from a period of depletion.
Overfishing is the greatest global threat to the future production of fish, but there are many other problems that directly impact this threat such as climate change. Overfishing is one of a number of human pressures that has resulted in a global decline in biodiversity. This raises concerns over the role biodiversity plays in maintaining ecosystem services and the level of resilience towards climate change.
of the world’s population lives within 100 km of the coast.
of the world’s fish stocks are estimated to be fully exploited or recovering from a period of depletion.
the capture of fish, crustaceans and mollusks has been declining by approximately 233,000 tons since 1989.
A REGENERATIVE MODEL
ONE PROPOSED SOLUTION IS TO WORK WITH FISHERIES, LOCAL AND OTHERWISE, TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE SEAFOOD THEY PROVIDE IS SUSTAINABLE, ENSURING THAT SEAFOOD POPULATIONS CAN PROVIDE FOR YEARS TO COME.
IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE
Responsible seafood is really about the people who depend on seafood for their livelihoods. Sustainable and regenerative wild populations allow communities to maintain a primary source of protein that has sustained billions across the planet for centuries. The cultural heritage around the gastronomy of seafood makes it a treasured component of cultures we want to preserve for generations to come.
people were employed by capture fisheries and aquaculture in 2006
people relied on income from seafood production in 2006
of the world’s aquaculture production is currently certified
HOW WE BRING RESPONSIBLE SEAFOOD TO IBEROSTAR
WE HAVE OUTLINED A STRATEGY FOR WORKING TOWARDS 100% RESPONSIBLE SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION BY 2025.
For Iberostar, the responsible consumption of seafood means the intersection of prioritizing environmental sustainability, livelihoods and safe working practices, and the economic viability of fisheries - environment, people, and economy.
We consider fisheries and farms to be responsible if they are:
Certified by a certification benchmarked and recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative.
Rated or in an improvement program.
Responsible, but not yet assessed or certified.
DATA COLLECTION & TRACEABILITY
We will continue to work with our suppliers in collecting Key Data Elements to establish full traceability of our products and verify sustainability claims. Presently, basic information to collect and monitor includes, but is not limited to:
- Species common and scientific (Latin) names
- Volume of product purchased
- Whether the product is rate, certified or in improvement
- Name of supplier
- Fishery location & FAO
- Farming location: Country of farming
- Wild-caught or farmed designation
Certification provides the highest level of assurance that the product sourced is verified to be sustainable/responsible, has been harvested legally, and fully traceable back to its source.
For this very reason, at Iberostar we have prioritized the procurement of certified products, and have partnered with the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) to support those eco-certifications that have successfully completed GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool rigorous and transparent benchmark process.
We will work to continue educating our vendors, customers and key stakeholders using the educational resources developed by our partner FishWise in order to:
- Train management and employees about issues affecting our oceans and what Iberostar is doing to address these.
- Prepare chefs and hotel personnel to help customers choose responsible seafood selections in our properties and beyond their stay.
- Utilize our Wave of Change platform to share with customers about our seafood commitments and steps taken to achieve our goals.
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