It’s Ocean Wise® Month and to kick it off Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program has launched a sleek new website. The site not only has a fresh, user-friendly look but is designed to facilitate navigation and make Ocean Wise information more accessible, including mobile compatability so seafood lovers can read up on the go.
Whether you’re a chef or an everyday consumer, the new Ocean Wise site offers different resources to help you identify sustainable seafood options as well as how to get cooking with sustainable seafood in your own kitchen using simple, delicious recipes. Wondering where you can grab an Ocean Wise fillet to make for dinner, or where to grab a sustainable lunch? Users can easily search for nearby partner locations with a GPS-enabled map and contact info for the restaurant or store. Look up the latest scientific information about a seafood item so you know which seafood options in front of you are ocean-friendly, or find out where and when you can sample some an upcoming food-focused events in the area. Visit www.oceanwise.ca to take a tour and subscribe to The Quarterly Catch newsletter to stay up to date.
The website isn’t the only way we’re celebrating Ocean Wise Month. Partners from coast to coast will be donning aprons and heating up the kitchen at a number of celebratory events, including sustainable chowder competitions in Wolfville, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Canadians across the country are encouraged to join the sustainable seafood movement – whether online or at an event — to help ensure our oceans, lakes and rivers are healthy for future generations.
Ocean Wise Month, which takes place in every November, helps raise awareness about the biggest issue our oceans face today: overfishing. Research shows that 90 per cent of the world’s assessed fish stocks are currently over-exploited or at capacity. Eating sustainably, by looking for the Ocean Wise symbol on seafood choices, is one way consumers can help reduce the impacts of overfishing. A poll from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, conducted this year by Insights West, found that 33 per cent of Canadians are aware of Ocean Wise and three in four Canadians think we are doing too little to conserve and preserve our oceans. The health of our oceans is a worry to the vast majority: 84 per cent of Canadians are concerned about overfishing.
During Ocean Wise month, and beyond, Canadians are encouraged to take small steps towards helping to reduce overfishing simply by choosing Ocean Wise seafood in restaurants and markets. Look for the Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item for assurance that you’re making a sustainable choice.
“Every decision to eat sustainable seafood contributes to the collective movement of reducing overfishing,”notes Ann-Marie Copping, Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise program manager. “It’s a collaborative effort that includes programs like Ocean Wise, our partners, the fishing and aquaculture industries and consumers. Our partners are helping to lead the charge and this month is about celebrating the ongoing change we’re all effecting.”
Consumers wanting to join the sustainable seafood movement this Ocean Wise month can look for these top 10 ocean-friendly choices at a market or in a restaurant near them:
Overfishing is the single biggest threat our oceans face today. With more than 675 partners across Canada, Ocean Wise makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. www.oceanwise.ca