World Ocean Day is almost here! On June 8th, we will be joining thousands around the globe in the growing movement to promote oceanic conservation.
As a seafood restaurant, we are passionate about raising awareness to save the ocean. The fact is, it’s our responsibility to continue the conversation about ocean preservation. The bounty of the sea is our life’s work, and we know it’s equally our job to PROTECT and RESPECT the ecosystems that provide it.
The fishing industry is wildly unregulated. It’s borderline impossible to stop illegal poaching on land, and the sea is even more untamed.
And if you think it’s only the oceanic ecosystems paying the price, think again. Humanity depends on the ocean. Native communities across the globe are fighting for survival as overfishing and climate change deplete the natural resources people have been relying on for centuries.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
The Man, the Myth, the Legend himself, Chef Mike McCarty has the answers we’re looking for:
“It’s the responsibility of chefs in restaurants to make the right choices to turn the tide for oceanic conservation; and here at The Lobster Trap we are vigilant in how we source our product.”
KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM.
We call on those in charge of purchasing in the industry to take up the cause and become the first line of defense for our oceans.
LOOK FOR THE BADGE
A few organizations are already fighting for change and most restaurants will proudly proclaim their association with these institutions. For us, we utilize the resources and information of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. We also refer to the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch advisory, which recently named The Lobster Trap a Leader in sustainable seafood efforts.
This has a double benefit. Not only does this allow us to minimize our impact and burden on the ocean; but it also ensures our guests receive nothing but the highest quality product available.
There is one more way to take action. This year we each have the opportunity to make a REAL difference. World Ocean Day and its global partners are working to support the growing 30by30 movement. The goal is to ensure that 30% of the world’s oceans are protected by the year 2030.
So how can you help? Join us in signing the petition to show your support for oceanic conservation. Together, we can have a big positive impact. Let’s save the seas for ourselves, for each other, and for the future.