In a bid to protect the environment Singapore-based Marina Bay Sands has announced that it will no longer be serving shark fin in restaurants it owns and operates. The luxury bay-front resort has retracted all shark fin dishes from meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions at Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 

Kevin Teng, Director of Sustainability at Marina Bay Sands said “removing shark fin from the menus across our different business units is a bold testament to our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. Marina Bay Sands is a leader in the hospitality and MICE [meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions] industry – we have the unique opportunity to inspire and influence our customers and partners to adopt sustainable practices”.

Having tried and tested the initiative in 2013, Marina Bay Sands are complying to the integrated resort’s global sustainability strategy – Sands ECO360°, which is pushing responsible business operations in the areas of green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings and sustainability education and outreach. 

Not only have they eliminated shark from the menu, but guests can also choose from the Green Harvest Menu that features ingredients sourced locally to reduce food miles. Seafood is sourced from suppliers that fish or farm responsibly, as certified by either the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

Showcasing its sustainable seafood offerings from 8 to 15 June 2014 at, Marina Bay Sands will serve 13 dishes in its special sustainable seafood menu at its restaurant RISA, alongside its daily extensive buffet menu. Ranging from salads, soups to entrées, some of the sustainable seafood items include sustainable tilapia, alaskan pollack, pink salmon and atlantic cod. 

Last week, Marina Bay Sands’ parent company, Las Vegas Sands (LVS) was named one of the world's most environmentally-friendly companies in Newsweek's annual Green Rankings. LVS holds the 18th spot on the U.S. 500 list, and the 28th position on the Global 500 list. This accomplishment makes Las Vegas Sands the highest ranked consumer services company in the entire country and the second highest globally.

As part of Marina Bay Sands’ ECO360° strategy, the integrated resort will also work with its tenants to encourage them to adopt sustainable practices, including recycling, reducing food waste and removing shark fin from their menus.

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