Fairmont’s hotels and resorts worldwide maintains a comprehensive commitment to purchasing local, organic and sustainable food items and as part of their sustainable food policy, will remove threatened fish species like Chilean Sea Bass and Blue fin Tuna from their restaurant menus and will also align themselves locally with reputable seafood watch organizations, ensuring guests continue to be provided with a comprehensive selection of sustainable seafood choices. This commitment to ocean sustainability is all about working closely with reputable suppliers who purchase fish that are harvested in ways that limit damage to marine or aquatic habitats. Two seafood choices that are most at risk – and have been eliminated them from its food service operations are:
- The ChileanSea Bass – also called Patagonia Tooth, this is a long-life fish, meaning it does not reproduce quickly. Due to worldwide popularity of this menu item, their numbers have been dwindling dramatically from aggressive and illegal fishing.
- The Blue fin Tuna – heavily over-fished in international waters, the plight of this species is so serious that the World Conservation Union lists Southern Blue fin Tuna in its grouping of most threatened wildlife, with their numbers having declined by 97% over the last four decades.
Some of the Fairmont Hotels ocean sustainability initiatives are:
· Mexico’s Fairmont Mayakoba has partnered with local communities in a nearby biosphere to purchase lobster that is sustainably harvested.
· The Fairmont Orchid purchase locally sourced seafood and actively participates in regional moratoriums on any threatened fish stocks.
· The Fairmont Waterfront and The Fairmont Vancouver Airport have joined the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program, which is a conservation platform created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.
This Hotel group strives to minimize its impact on the planet through its Green Partnership program, which focuses on key areas such as waste reduction, energy management, water conservation, and innovative community outreach programs. For more information on this I recommend you visit: www.fairmont.com/environment.