Join us in celebrating World Fisheries Day 2019!
This November, the Ocean Frontier Institute, Too Big To Ignore, and the On The Move Partnership are joining forces to celebrate World Fisheries Day by hosting a public event entitled: ‘Towards Zero Waste in Our Fisheries’. The event will focus attention on reducing waste – of fish through full utilization and of human/social capacity and creativity by reducing gender inequality, acknowledging the critical role women play in fisheries.
Towards Zero Waste in our Fisheries
This November, Too Big To Ignore, the Ocean Frontier Institute and the On The Move Partnership are joining forces to celebrate World Fisheries Day by hosting a public event entitled: ‘Towards Zero Waste in Our Fisheries’. The event will focus attention on reducing waste – of fish through full utilization and of human/social capacity and creativity by reducing gender inequality. acknowledging the critical role women play in fisheries (see report ‘Towards gender equitable small-scale fisheries governance and development’).
The event aims to raise awareness and promote full utilization of both natural and human resources towards fisheries sustainability, gender equality and food security. Staying true to the spirit of World Fisheries Day, this event promotes the value of fisheries, in particular small-scale fisheries, to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of our province. As in previous years, we will showcase aquatic-related research and education materials and highlight how local fish and seafood and equitable fisheries can be part of healthy lifestyles and viable communities. Throughout the event, we will feature local initiatives and organizations that work towards creating progressive and sustainable practices for our ocean and fisheries.
The second part of the event is reserved for a panel that will encourage conversation and discussion about zero waste in Newfoundland and Labrador’s fisheries from the standpoint of women involved in diverse aspects of fisheries. Panelists will share their reflections on how to minimize fish waste through fuller utilization of fish and the waste of human resources and creativity by promoting gender equality. By reflecting on their own experiences, panelists will highlight the key factors that can either foster or constrain ‘achieving zero waste in our fisheries’ and discuss ways to ensure that a diverse array of stakeholders contribute their full potential as part of fisheries-related organizations and in fisheries employment towards more sustainable fisheries.
Join us for the ‘100% FISH’ Contest and let your taste buds be the judge!
Every year for our World Fisheries Day celebration, we organize a cook-off where chefs (professional and amateurs!) create inspiring dishes and our public picks their personal favourite. Over the years, we have celebrated best recipes that have utilized locally sourced pelagic fish (2015), fish cakes (2016) and fish tacos (2017). But there is always more to be done to highlight the importance of fish and seafood for our food security and nutrition!
As part of the 2019 World Fisheries Day celebration, we are organizing ‘100% FISH’ Contest, as a way to promote full utilization of locally sourced fish or seafood. Our selected chefs will show all their creativity in using parts of the fish that would normally be discarded. The ‘100% FISH’ Contest is more than about sharing delicious dishes: it is much to do with increasing awareness of fish discards and helping promote waste reduction.
Why promote full utilization of fish?
As a way to achieve fisheries sustainability, we must narrow the gap between fish supply and demand by reducing post-harvest losses, improving distribution channels and marketing of fish, and promoting the full utilization of fish for human consumption. This not only benefits fisheries resources and contributes to enhanced sustainability, but also increases food security and provides additional income and employment opportunities to fishing-dependent communities.