Today is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to reflecting on how we can help ensure the future health of our planet and minimize the impact on one of the Earth’s most precious resources — the oceans.
For the past several years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium to select wild and farmed seafood for our menus that are not overfished or produced in ways that may compromise the well-being of our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.
Our chefs are always coming up with innovative ways to incorporate sustainable seafood into their menus. From the Grilled Alaskan Wild-Caught Halibut served at Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the Grilled Snapper at Napa Rose, our signature dining locations deliver nothing but the best. Our focus isn’t just on fine dining. Disney chefs work to incorporate sustainable seafood into as many of our menus as possible throughout our parks and resorts. Other dishes not to be missed include the Grilled Blacks Harbour Salmon at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk and the Yellow Tail Tuna at Ariel’s Grotto in Disneyland Resort. For a great quick-service option, check out the Spicy Fish Tacos at Sunshine Seasons, located in the Land Pavilion at Epcot. Remember, as the seasons change, so may the selections, but rest assured that they are all delicious!
Our commitment to the health of our oceans doesn’t stop in our restaurants. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has teamed up with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to fund projects that focus on shrimp from regions where our suppliers source seafood: U.S. Gulf of Mexico, southern Vietnam and Thailand. This collaboration has lead to:
- Development of a standard for Fair Trade fish
- Training on sustainable fishing/shrimping practices and better water resource management in fisheries in Vietnam and Thailand
- Studies that examine impact of shrimping practices on “bycatch” species.
Angie Renner, Environmental Integration Director for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shares the importance of this commitment: “This is a perfect blend of both environmental and business sustainability, which will enable us to continue serving seafood that is healthy for our Guests as well as the oceans.”
You can learn more about how you can make a difference in your seafood choices by checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide.
Happy World Oceans Day from the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food and Beverage team!