Neptunus makes a splash in Santander's fish markets
Embracing Sustainability and the WEF Nexus
In our modern era, understanding and mitigating the environmental impact of our actions is of paramount importance. To this end, life cycle assessment methodologies have proven to be invaluable tools for assessing and communicating the environmental consequences associated with various systems. However, a significant drawback of these methodologies is their tendency to focus solely on isolated environmental issues, failing to recognize the intricate interconnections between different aspects of our planet's resources. Acknowledging this limitation, the concept of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus has emerged, aiming to shed light on the interdependencies between water supply, energy security, and food provision.
Within the Neptunus Project, which seeks to explore the WEF nexus, a novel methodology has been devised to evaluate the environmental impacts of different types of seafood. This methodology takes into account four key indicators: nutritional footprint, carbon footprint, water footprint, and energy footprint. By analysing these indicators, the Neptunus Project strives to increase consumer awareness regarding the crucial connections between their choices and the sustainability of water, energy, and food resources.
As part of the project's Capitalization Extension, generously granted by Interreg Atlantic Area, the initial results have now materialised. Since the beginning of May, the esteemed fish market, "Pescadería Enrique," situated in the Mercado de la Esperanza in Santander, Spain, has become a platform for showcasing the WEF Nexus ecolabels. These ecolabels, categorised as type 2, provide consumers with valuable information concerning the environmental performance of twelve distinct species sourced from the Cantabrian fleet.
Each ecolabel features a unique QR code, granting consumers access to supplementary details pertaining to the specific species and the four indicators evaluated within the WEF Nexus methodology. By simply scanning the QR code, consumers can delve into comprehensive information regarding the nutritional footprint, carbon footprint, water footprint, and energy footprint associated with their desired seafood choices. This empowers consumers to make well-informed decisions in accordance with their personal values and preferences.
However, the ecolabels showcased at Pescadería Enrique offer more than just information. They also encompass a dedicated section titled "How can we help the ocean from home?" which offers practical advice and suggestions on how consumers can actively contribute to the sustainability of seafood resources. This section includes insights into species' seasonal availability, recommendations for reusing discarded materials, and guidance on efficient waste management. By promoting responsible consumption and waste reduction, Pescadería Enrique and the Neptunus Project strive to foster a more sustainable approach to seafood consumption.
The selection of Pescadería Enrique as the primary location for presenting the WEF Nexus ecolabels was not arbitrary; rather, it stems from the unwavering commitment of the second-generation fishmonger, Enrique, and his family to sustainability and local market initiatives. By championing local products, Pescadería Enrique bolsters the regional economy. By paying a visit to this esteemed fish market in Santander, consumers not only gain access to fresh, high-quality seafood but also actively contribute to the preservation of the oceans and the planet as a whole.
The arrival of Neptunus to fish markets, commencing with Pescadería Enrique, marks a momentous leap forward in augmenting awareness of the WEF nexus and promoting sustainable practices within the seafood industry. As consumers become increasingly informed and empowered, they play a pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable future. By making conscious choices and endorsing initiatives such as the Neptunus Project, we can ensure the availability of water, energy, and food resources for generations to come. Therefore, if you find yourself in Cantabria, be sure to visit Pescadería Enrique and join the movement towards a more sustainable and responsible approach to seafood consumption.
Author: Marta Novara, Interreg Volunteer Youth, based on the Publication "Delivering results for the Atlanrtic regions" and on Neptunus website
Published on: 2023-06-01
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