Ocean-friendly meals for students

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 December, 2007, 12:00am

WWF introduced ocean-friendly lunchboxes to about 700 college students yesterday, and aims to bring the new practice to at least five, possibly 10, more schools next year.

Students of Elegantia College tasted their special lunch made from seafood species recommended by WWF, which are caught or farmed in an ecologically friendly way or from fisheries which are well managed.

The school in Sheung Shui, which offered clam with spaghetti to its students yesterday, will provide HK$15 seafood lunchboxes on the first Friday of each month.

WWF developed the recipe with the school and its lunch caterer, providing assistance to the supplier in choosing appropriate seafood ingredients including Pacific salmon, sardines from Portugal and scallops.

A student who finished his seafood lunch within 10 minutes, said it was much tastier than others he had tried before, although he found it difficult to taste the clam.

Secondary two student Jessica Chan Sin-ting said she wished the new seafood lunches were more frequent than just once a month.

WWF Hong Kong chief executive Eric Bohm said the fund aimed to introduce the meals to as many colleges as possible, a move he said would help students better understand over-exploited fisheries.

Elegantia principal Tso Kai-lok said the eating change could help students adopt environmental protection ethics as norms.

Hong Kong students have learned about sustainable seafood development in the past few months through WWF seminars and educational programmes.

The worldwide organisation issued a seafood guide earlier this year as a reference in choosing sustainably produced seafood and avoiding consumption of endangered species.