21 Jan Bouquet Restaurant: An Official Ocean Wise Partner
We are pleased to announce that Bouquet Restaurant is now an Ocean Wise partner. Sustainability has been the heart of Bouquet since the very beginning, and we’re so excited to be adding another level of trust and accreditation to our mission of offering our guests delicious, ethically-minded meals.
Ocean Wise is a global conservation initiative focused on increasing awareness about the threats to our oceans. Their home base is the Vancouver Aquarium, something we felt a particular kinship with, as we take inspiration from the conservation efforts of the Newport Aquarium here in northern Kentucky. In fact, we’re participating in an event there on February 10th, you can buy tickets and get more information here.
The Ocean Wise mission includes educating on a variety of topics having to do with safeguarding the planet’s oceans, including plastic waste, shoreline cleanup, and responsibly sourced seafood. This is where Bouquet’s interested was piqued, as we’re always looking to learn more from organizations that share our values.
When a restaurant is an Ocean Wise partner, it means that restaurant is committed to providing their guests with ocean-friendly seafood options. This is important, as over-fishing is a huge contemporary environmental issue. Seafood is the protein staple of many countries around the world, meaning that over-fishing not only has environmental repercussions, but cultural ones as well. At Bouquet, we design dishes around seafood species that fit within the following 4 criteria, as defined by the Ocean Wise Seafood Program:
- Abundant and resilient to fishing pressures
- Well managed with a comprehensive management plan based on current research
- Harvested in a method that ensures limited bycatch on non-target and endangered species
- Harvested in ways that limit damage to marine or aquatic habitats and negative interactions with other species
Just like Ocean Wise is a global leader in sustainability, Bouquet Restaurant is a leader in sustainability in our community. We’re the only restaurant in the area to achieve Ocean Wise partnership status, but it’s not a distinction we hope to be alone in for long. By raising awareness and creating discourse, we hope that more local eateries will join us in protecting our oceans.
By adding the Ocean Wise logo on our menus, we hope to not only assure you that your seafood was responsibly sourced, but to also start the conversation about where the rest of your seafood comes from. After all, awareness is the first step to creating a more ocean wise world.