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Singapore holds its first sustainable seafood festival

By Priyanka Chand Agarwal
21 April 2014 5:40 PM Updated 09 Jun 2014

Singapore holds its first sustainable seafood festival

Photo: Australian king prawns with mango salad and palm sugar from Glow Juice Bar's menu for the Sustainable Seafood Festival | Photo: Hilton, Singapore

Singapore's first Sustainable Seafood Festival is taking place between 8 to 15 June, with over 30 establishments across Singapore participating.

The week long festival kicked off on Sunday 8 June, World Oceans Day. 

The aim of the Sustainable Seafood Festival is to make accessible seafood products that have been vetted by three marine-environmental bodies – World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Singapore), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

The festival is organised by WWF-Singapore and MSC.  


Why Singapore? 

Singapore is one of the biggest seafood consumers in the Asia-Pacific region, we consume nearly 140 million kilograms a year.

Across the world, more than 90 per cent of the oceans are fully exploited and overfished in order to keep up with the high consumer demand for seafood.


What is sustainable seafood?

Sustainable seafood is seafood from a well-managed, sustainable fishery, traceable (from boat to plate) and is of species that have not been over-exploited.

Sustainable seafood options include Chilean sea bass from the UK, rock lobster from Australia, Pacific Salmon from Alaska and varieties of scallop, squid and oysters.

MSC eco labelMSC has unveiled a blue eco label and seal of approval to help consumers identify seafood that is safe and sustainable in the supermarkets. The labels will continue to be used after the festival is over.


Where can we eat sustainable seafood?

In conjunction with the festival, participating restaurants and retail outlets will offer special menus and dining deals to introduce diners to sustainable seafood from 8 to 15 June.

To date, WWF has partnered with 29 restaurants to bring dishes like salmon tartare served with watermelon marjoram and raspberries vinaigrette (il Cielo) and a buffet-style dinner with an interactive 'fish market' concept with  MSC-certified food and a special 'fish for a gift' kids activity that aims to promote awareness about sustainable seafood (Oscar's). 

Partner restaurants that can be booked online via HungryGoWhere:

- (BOOK A TABLE) Absinthe Restaurant Francais
Bliss Restaurant
Indochine Restaurant
Madame Butterfly
Oasis poolside restaurant
Pete’s Place
Seasons Bistro
Straits Kitchen
Supertree By Indochine
- (BOOK A TABLE) The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill

Other participating restaurants:

- Bamboo Bar, The Forbidden City
Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare
 Glow Juice Bar & Café
il Cielo
It’s all about taste
- Rise
- Tandoor
Silver Shell Cafe
Xi Yan

Select Cold Storage outlets will be selling an expanded range of sustainable seafood products during the one-week period. The outlets include Jelita, Centrepoint and Great World City among others. Customers can expect to purchase wild Patagonia scallops, Asiatic hard clams and pink Salmon and more; all of which have been MSC-certified.

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Priyanka has worked in PR and marketing for start-ups of all sizes before trading in the corporate ladder for writing about food and fashion. When not battling with HTML, she can be found furiously stirring a pot of curry in her tiny kitchen, shopping online or looking for the next ‘hot new restaurant’. She also runs a fashion label that makes the occasional appearance at trunk shows. Priyanka would like to have her own blog/website someday but every time she clicks opens a browser, something is on sale at an online store somewhere.
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