Involving the future generations of the foodservice industry
Seafood Choices organizes conferences in catering schools, in the various regions of France.
The aim of these conferences is to raise the awareness and inform students on the current status of marine resources, through presentations and discussions between different stakeholders in the seafood industry – chefs, fishmongers, wholesalers, retailers and fishermen - and the participants. Seafood Choices tries to help the students realize the key role they can and will play in influencing both the supply chain and consumers. Seafood Choices' Guide des espèces à l’usage des professionnels is distributed to all the students who attend the conference.
A film is also presented to attendess, Alerte sur la resource, by Emmanuel Audrain, released in 2002 on France 3 Ouest (French regional TV channel), which shows fishermen and scientists who recognize the mistakes made in the past. This documentary film presents the evolution of fisheries and the work of fishermen, as well as the changes in fish populations, their decrease in size and the shrinkage of the species; it recognizes that regulations are not always implemented. Fishermen speak freely and explain why they always have to catch more fish to secure a return on their boats; however, the fishermen also admit they should fish less to allow the resources to renew. The film concludes by exploring various solutions for the future.
Students prepare lunch with their teachers, highlighting the use of sustainable species.
To conclude the event, cooking demonstration of sustainable seafood are proposed to the audience.
11:16:10: Lycée Jean Capelle, Bergerac
05.20.10: Lycée Hôtelier de Dinard, Dinard
10.12.09: Ecole Grégoire-Ferrandi, Paris
05.04.09: Lycée Jeanne d’Arc, Aulnoye-Aymeries
To read more about those conferences and to view the programs, click here (in French).
One Earth Award This award highlights conservation issues or actions and the interaction between humans and the natural world. Images must demonstrate the power and resilience of our planet and its impact on us. Photos of aquaculture and fishing practices have recently been runner up and been highly commended. View the photos.