Taronga understands that the world’s oceans and marine wildlife are essential to the wellbeing of our current and future generations. Taronga also understands that our marine waters and wildlife are under threat from the many uses of the marine environment such as commercial and recreational fishing.
Fish caught through unsustainable methods or sourced from poorly managed aquacultures can place a significant burden on the natural environment and on already over exploited or sensitive fish stocks. It can also result in bi-catch my capturing non-target fish species, including dolphins, turtles, whales, sharks and birds.
Taronga has assessed the relative sustainability of our marine animals’ diets. Some of our seals eat more than 1,000 kilograms of seafood per year and it is important that we feed all of our animals a diet close to what they would eat in the wild. It is also important to us that we source this seafood as responsibly as possible and we therefore use the scientific assessments of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to guide these sourcing decisions.
In promoting sustainable seafood awareness, industry accreditation and consumer uptake, Taronga acknowledges and supports the efforts of independent sustainable seafood certifiers such as Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
In partnership with our catering partners, EPICURE, we have Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of Taronga’s The View Cafe, the first Chain of Custody MSC certified cafe in Australia. This ensures that visitors to The View Cafe Taronga Zoo know that the seafood they purchase during their visit will help supports sustainable management of fish stocks, marine ecosystems and fisheries jobs.
Throughout Taronga’s other food outlets, functions and events we aim to serve fish that is either MSC or ASC certified, depending on the respective seafood species.