OUR STANCE ON SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD
Over the past few years, the Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants guide has taken more stringent measures to not recommend dishes that include endangered species or other environmentally unsustainable animal products. In fact, our reviewers are under strict guidelines that forbid them from ordering dishes that include items such as bluefin tuna, Chilean seabass, wild sturgeon caviar and shark’s fin. Environmental sustainability is important to us, as is the health of our oceans, which is why we believe consumers should take responsibility for what they consume – and think about the long-term environmental impact of choosing to eat something that only brings a moment’s pleasure.
Beginning as a small fishing village, Hong Kong is now a bustling metropolis that still has a deep relationship with the ocean. The demand for seafood continues to grow and, with a plethora of seafood options available, it’s difficult to navigate through what’s “safe” and “unsafe” to eat. Choices such as shark’s fin and bluefin tuna are clearly on the “do not eat” list, but others are not as obvious.
We are proud work with WWF-Hong Kong once more to provide information on commonly eaten seafood in Hong Kong, with both guilt-free options and those that should be avoided for environmental reasons.
These sea treats are responsibly sourced using methods that require minimal alterations to the natural landscape, and measures are taken to ensure that the stock is well monitored and at a sustainable level. Leopard Coral Trout (hook and line-caught in Australia)
SEAFOOD TO AVOID
Swordfish Giant Grouper (indoor-farmed in Hong Kong) Boston Lobster (caught in traps in Canada) These fish are often prized in restaurants around the world, but their slow growth and reproduction rate has made them naturally vulnerable to overfishing. Methods used in their fishing, such as pelagic long-lining, can also catch endangered sharks, turtles, marine mammals and seabirds.
Bluefin Tuna For a more comprehensive list on what’s featured in this guide, scan the QR code to visit WWF-Hong Kong’s website.