The Sustainable Seafood Week is a week-long culinary event happening every February in the Philippines. It is participated by various local and international non-governmental organizations, local government agencies, suppliers of marine products, as well as hotels and restaurants. It aims to promote awareness to the consumers about the adverse effects of over-fishing and destructive fishing methods not only to the marine environment but also to the fishing industry as a whole.
Following the success of the first Sustainable Seafood Week was held last year, more agencies, organizations, hotels and restaurants are participating in this year's Sustainable Seafood Week which will happen on February 20-26, 2017. In a media launching event held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, we were able to get a glimpse of what to expect in this year's Sustainable Seafood Week.
What makes seafood products sustainable? Sustainability primarily depends on the method of catching or farming of marine species that prevents depletion of fish population and destruction of their natural habitat. To ensure the success of this initiative, hotels and restaurants play a vital role as ambassadors who educate their customers about Sustainable Seafood.
Marriott Hotel Manila is one of the pioneer participants of the first Sustainable Seafood Week in 2016, and since then, the hotel has already included a permanent station in its Marriott Cafe buffet spread featuring sustainable seafood from the Philippines. The same is true with Marco Polo Ortigas Manila which uses sustainable tuna in its Cucina buffet all year round.
Participating hotels and restaurants expressed their commitment to the advocacy by increasing the percentage of Sustainable Seafood products they use in their kitchen in the years to come. Chef Michael Luedtka of Hyatt City of Dream stated that their goal is to have 50% of their seafood sustainably sourced by 2018 while Chef Meik Brammer of Marriott Hotel Manila targets to reach 60% for 2017. Shangri-La Hotels in the Philippines commit to use sustainable seafood in 75% of all their ingredients by 2020.
This year, we also see additions to the participating hotels. New World Hotel Makati and New World Hotel Manila Bay are both supporting the local oyster industry and will also be highlighting in their dishes two of the most sustainable fishes in the Philippines, the yellow fin tuna and the blue marlin. Also joining the weeklong event are Grand Hyatt Singapore and Marriott Bangkok Sukhumvit.
Finally, everything will not succeed if the consumers will not participate in the advocacy. It is our responsibility, the consumers, to ensure that we only patronize sustainable seafood products. We don't only support our local fishermen, we also ensure that our future generation enjoys the variety of seafood we enjoy today.
During the whole Sustainable Seafood Week, sustainable seafood will be featured in special a la carte menus as well as in the buffet spread of the following participating hotels and restaurants:
Marriott Manila Hotel, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Makati Shangri-La Manila, Edsa Shangri-La Manila, Shangri-La at the Fort, The Peninsula Manila, New World Hotel Makati, New World Hotel Manila Bay, Discovery Suites, Discovery Primea, Discovery Shores Boracay, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Fairmont Makati, Raffles Makati, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Mercure Ortigas Manila, Conrad Manila, Agos, Alta, Grace Park, Vask, Grand Hyatt Singapore and Marriott Bangkok Sukhumvit.
Here are the events lined-up during the Sustainable Seafood Week:
Monday, February 20, 2017 (Opening Day)
2:00pm-5:00pm | Kinilaw Bar at Agos Restaurant
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
2:00pm-5:00pm | Rare Fish Forever Workshop at Discovery Primea
1:30pm-3:30pm | NGO Workshop at Enderun Colleges lead by Save Philippine Seas
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
9:00am-7:00pm | Beach Cleaning event in Cavite lead by le Club, Greenpeace and Marriott Manila
11:00am-1:00pm | Oyster Shucking Competition at New World Makati
2:00pm-5;00pm | Rare Fish Forever Workshop at Marco Polo Ortigas; Launch of Balangay's Best products
6:00pm-9:00pm | Sustainable Seafood Masterclass at The Vask
Thursday, February 23, 2017
10:00am-5:00pm | Government, NGO/IGO and Blueyou Working Group Session at Sofitel Manila
5:00pm-6:00pm | Press Conference at Sofitel Manila
6:00pm-9:00pm | Accor Group Gala Diner at Sofitel Manila
2:30pm-5:00pm | Masterclass Sustainable Seafood at Hyatt City of Dreamd Manila
Friday, February 24, 2017
1:30pm-5:30pm | NGO Workshop at Enderun Colleges lead by Marine Wildlife Watch
6:00pm-9:00pm | Oyster Shucking Workshop at New World Manila Bay
Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00am-1:00pm | Sustainable Seafood Cooking Masterclass at New World Manila Bay
6:00pm-9:00pm | Club Marriott Dinner at Marriott Hotel Manila
Sunday, February 26, 2017 (Closing Day)
5:00pm-9:00pm | Closing Event, Chef Collaboration Dinner at The Peninsula Manila