Hyatt Hotels across the UAE have announced a collaboration with the EWS-WWF to introduce their Choose Wisely campaign in the UAE.
The Choose Wisely campaign means the hotels’ restaurants will create special sustainable fish dishes using sustainable-listed local fish as defined by the Choose Wisely consumer guide.
It will be implemented into five Hyatt-branded hotels in the UAE, including Park Hyatt Dubai, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, and Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi.
“Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. is focused on sourcing and providing food and beverage options that are good for Hyatt guests and associates, good for the planet, and good for local communities,” said John Beveridge, area director for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Dubai and General Manager of Grand Hyatt Dubai. “The Choose Wisely initiative fits well within our food philosophy and highlights our commitment to healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy communities.”
Studies conducted by the EWS –WWF have shown that overfishing is a significant problem in the UAE, and the overall number of commercial fish in the country has declined by 80 percent in the last 30 years.
In the UAE, 60% of the total catch is made up of species that are fished beyond sustainable levels, and eight of the most valuable commercial fish are being overexploited including Shaari, Farsh and Kanaad. Hamour, otherwise known as Orange-spotted Grouper, is fished at over seven times the sustainable level and is the most overfished species in the country.
All new menus at the five Hyatt UAE hotels will be hammour-free confiremed Michael Clinton, executive chef, Park Hyatt Dubai, however if a guest insists to be served hammour, it can still be offered though it will be farmed in open waters instead.
The same applies to Kingfish and both will be replaced with Orange Spotted Trevally, Ehrenbergs Snapper “until the quotas of fish are adequate,” Clinton told Caterer.
“Consumer awareness is an important step in tackling overfishing, and by choosing to buy sustainable fish, we can lower the demand for threatened species. Hotels and restaurants can play a crucial role in being part of the solution by empowering consumers through offering sustainable choices and raising awareness of the issue of overfishing,” said Lisa Perry, programme director, EWS-WWF.