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“Fish Right Eat Right”: Promoting sustainable fishing and dining

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Posted: Friday, October 22, 2021. 11:54 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Does the average Belizean care enough about how what’s on their plate at a restaurant or cooked at home gets there?

Restauranteurs here in La Isla Bonita say they do – more than we think.

And Oceana Belize has joined forces with the fishing and restaurant industry to create some accountability in what we eat and how we eat, at least as it comes to finned fish.

Today the press came to town to visit perhaps its top restaurant, Elvi’s Kitchen in the center of town, and learn the secrets to sustainable fishing and dining.

As it turns out, there’s an app for that – the “Fish Right, Eat Right” app which links fishers working the seas in real time, restaurants looking for the catch of the day, and diners getting to know intimately what goes in their mouths.

Proprietor Chef Jennie Staines told us that before the project, she had to source her fish in Belize City and compete with others, especially at the high season for fish buying, Easter time.

And still up to now, some unscrupulous fishers are trying to pass off protected and prohibited species as more popular types of fish.

Oceana’s Communications Director, Alyssa Noble Carnegie and Jacinta Gomez, its Outreach Program Director, say the introduction of technology on the waters and in restaurants keeps both sides honest and diners informed.

We’ll have more on this story later.

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