Hukilau Lanai recently announced a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, committing to serve only seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways. Hukilau Lanai is the first restaurant on Kauai and only the second restaurant in the State of Hawaii to make the commitment to support a healthy, sustainable ocean through partnering with Seafood Watch.
Executive chef and owner Ron Miller appreciates all of the hard work that has gone into the Seafood Watch program. “They make it easier for us to make the right choice and we recognize that we can make a difference,” Miller says. “We need to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.”
Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to choose sustainable seafood. Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are Best Choices, Good Alternatives, and which ones to Avoid. Its science is referenced by more than 1,000 businesses at 150,000 locations worldwide to help inform their purchasing decisions.
As a Seafood Watch business partner, Hukilau Lanai pledges to serve only seafood rated a Best Choice or Good Alternative and to educate its customers, suppliers and employees about sustainability issues.
“Seafood Watch is proud to welcome Hukilau Lanai as its newest partner” says Jennifer Dianto-Kemmerly, Monterey Bay Aquarium Director of Global Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Working together is critical to help create healthy and abundant oceans that will continue to supply us with food, help regulate our climate, and provide a livelihood for millions of people.”
By partnering with Seafood Watch, Hukilau Lanai reflects its awareness about growing public concern with how our seafood choices affect the world’s fish populations and the impact of seafood production on ocean health.
More than 50 percent of U.S. consumers* say that buying sustainable seafood is personally important. Through the partnership, Hukilau Lanai patrons can be confident its menu selections come from ocean-friendly sources.
Hukilau Lanai joins hundreds of partners entering into an official partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and actively working with its Business Outreach program to help shift the market toward environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations.
*(Source: Truven Health Analytics – NPR Health Poll)