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Coles makes wave of change in sustainable seafood

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Coles have created a wave of change becoming the first major supermarket in Australia to offer its customers certified sustainable and traceable seafood in their delis. Australian seafood lovers can now buy Aquaculture Stewardship Council, (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabelled seafood in the deli at their local Coles supermarket.

Across the country Coles’ fresh salmon will be ASC certified as responsibly farmed and their Queensland wild-caught prawns will be MSC certified as sustainably caught.

MSC Asia Pacific Director Patrick Caleo is extremely pleased with Coles’ leadership and pioneering move into sustainable seafood.

“Coles is the first major supermarket in Australia to offer, certified sustainable seafood at their deli counters.  Not only are Coles’ providing Australians with certified sustainable seafood options, they’ve done an enormous amount of work through the supply chain to ensure their seafood is traceable from ocean all the way to the deli counter. As Aussies love our seafood and want to safeguard our oceans for generations to come, choosing certified sustainable seafood from Coles is an easy and delicious way to contribute to the health of the ocean. ”

Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO, said: “As one of Australia’s largest retailers, Coles is leading the way with responsibly farmed seafood sourcing in Australia. By offering ASC certified and labelled salmon in their delis, Coles’ customers don’t have to worry about where their fish comes from and can enjoy their salmon knowing that it is sourced from a farm that treats the environment with care and respect. All they need to do is look for the ASC logo.”

Coles now offers customers sustainably caught or responsibly farmed Coles Brand seafood. This month Coles launches its seafood campaign highlighting its range of Coles Brand responsibly sourced seafood to help its customers make better choices to protect the oceans, environment and local communities.

Charlotte Rhodes, Coles General Manager Deli and Seafood said Coles’ responsible sourcing program is providing greater transparency, traceability and labelling making it easier for customers to choose sustainable seafood.

“With more customers looking for responsibly sourced seafood and keen to know where their food comes from, Coles is proud to ensure our Coles Brand seafood is responsibly sourced and introduce MSC and ASC certified products in our Delis.”

“Coles’ sourcing program means seafood lovers can now be confident when buying from our Coles Brand seafood range that it is responsibly sourced which gives them the choice to help make a difference for the environment and contribute towards a more sustainable future.”

Protecting our future through credible and independent seafood certification

“Seafood is the most consumed animal protein in the world, and the most traded food commodity, with one in 10 people in the world depending on fishing for their livelihood, by choosing certified sustainable and responsible seafood you’re helping to create a positive impact in our oceans,” said Mr Caleo.

About a billion people rely on seafood as a fundamental part of their diet. With more than half of the fish consumed globally coming from fish farming it’s important to recognise and reward farms that operate responsibly with minimal impact on the environment through the work of programs like the ASC.

ASC and MSC certification rewards seafood producers who operate sustainable fisheries or responsibly managed farms. The programs provide credible, independent third-party validation for practices which reduce impacts on the marine environment, protect local surroundings and wildlife, and support local communities. MSC and ASC standards were developed in line with ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, meeting the requirements for inclusive and transparent standard setting.  The MSC also offers the only wild capture seafood certification and ecolabelling program consistent with the UN FAO  Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing and Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries.

Coles ASC certified salmon comes from Tassal, which earned ASC certification across all of its sites in November 2014. Tassal was the first salmon farm in Australia to achieve this certification.

Traceability assurance

All ASC and MSC labelled seafood can be traced back through the supply chain to a responsibly managed fish farm or certified sustainable fishery. In order to achieve chain of custody certification each company in the supply chain must meet strict requirements, be completely transparent and have in place traceability systems that ensure no product mixing or substitutions can occur.

MSC certified fisheries and ASC certified farms must complete annual surveillance audits to ensure that they continue to operate at the high standards required to remain certified. MSC certified fisheries are reassessed every 5 years and ASC certified farms every 3 years.

More than 570 improvements to fishing practices and environmental management have been identified with fisheries in the MSC program.

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Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage

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While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.

If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.

Repair and Maintain Appliances

Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.

Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.

When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.

Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full

It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.

The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.

Recycle Water in Your Yard

Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.

You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.

Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants

Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.

Install Water-Saving Features

The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.

There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.

Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City

Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.

If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.

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Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism

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When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.

After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.

How was it started?

It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.

How to go about it?

So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.

If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.

What can be learned?

Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .

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