Chefs Help Spark a Blue Revolution for Oceans

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“I support the Blue Revolution,” says Anthony Parker, sous chef at the world-famous Port Douglas, Australia restaurant Nautilus. “I support a great environment.”

Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food production industries in the world: today, nearly half of the fish we eat are farmed. As the industry expands, it’s more important than ever to ensure that farming in the ocean is sustainable. That’s why the Australian Government, the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation X Labs, and SecondMuse are launching a campaign to promote sustainably harvested seafood and sea vegetables as part of World Oceans Day, June 8, 2016.

The campaign begins on May 9, 2016, when chefs and foodies from around the world are encouraged to share sustainable seafood recipes with #BlueRevolution. It’s the newest phase in the Australian government’s Blue Economy Challenge, a call for sustainable innovations in aquaculture to contribute to global food security. The campaign will culminate a month later on World Oceans Day, when a roundup of the most popular recipes will be posted on the Blue Economy Challenge blog.

Luukas Trautner, head chef at Thala Beach Nature Reserve in Port Douglas, Australia.

Luukas Trautner, head chef at Thala Beach Nature Reserve in Port Douglas, Australia.

Luukas Trautner, head chef at Thala Beach Nature Reserve in Port Douglas, Australia, is preparing a special menu for June 8th. “We try to work with local farmers and local fisheries to get sustainable products,” says Trautner. “We’re an eco-resort, so this is really on the heart of our owners and also on the heart of our kitchen team.”

“I have water on the brain. Water is in my life,” says Anthony Parker of Nautilus. “But something I’ve noticed is the change: where there should be fish in the environment, there are little or no fish. I see coral bleaching, and I stop, I look, I wonder, and I need to know more myself.”

Technological innovation alone will not make our oceans healthier. We need a culture shift towards environmentally friendly sources of protein. Our goal is to broaden the number of products from our oceans so that the world’s growing population will continue to have reliable and sustainable sources of food. Find out more about the Blue Economy Challenge here.

Davar Ardalan

About Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan is the Director of Storytelling and Engagement at SecondMuse. As a veteran journalist and former social media strategist at NPR News in Washington D.C., Ardalan lead dozens of real-time engagement campaigns to great impact. Most recently she was the Senior Producer and Social Media Strategist for NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit, traveling across the country producing live events and moderating Twitter chats on some of the most critical issues of the day including community and policing, voting rights, education, and immigration. She has cultivated thought leaders across platforms, generating millions of impressions across the globe via Twitter and an even more impressive level of response domestically. Ardalan has also worked as a Supervising Producer for Morning Edition where she helped shape the daily newsmagazine, and was responsible for decisions that required elaborate coordination such as broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans. Through the years, her public radio productions have been recognized with two NABJ Awards and a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She began her radio career as a reporter in 1991 at KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ardalan is the mother of four and lives outside Annapolis, Maryland. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

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