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A sustainable seafood program to help you live an Ocean Wise life. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is our assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 700 Ocean Wise partners with thousands of locations across Canada, the Ocean Wise seafood program makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.
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It's Time to Celebrate Ocean Wise Month!

Here are just a few tips for celebrating sustainable seafood with Ocean Wise this November!

November: the wonderful season of cosy socks, warm drinks, evenings by the fireplace and…sustainable seafood! That is right, November is Ocean Wise month and it is our favourite time of the year to celebrate all things sustainable for the long-term health of our world’s lakes, rivers and oceans. Here’s a suggested post for your social […]

Posted on October 31, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Book Review: The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky

“The history of New York oysters is a history of New York itself..."

Oysters are a great example of humanity’s complex relationship with food, where it comes from and why it has remained a popular food source throughout history. The mention of an oyster can bring up the immense variety in flavours and textures that make it such an exciting culinary experience. Others think of it as a […]

Posted on October 30, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Fish Fillet Without the Fish

New start-up companies are selling lab-grown seafood. Is it tasty? Sustainable? Or just plain hype?

Fishless fish.  Confused? You are not alone. Over the past several months, headlines have popped up announcing companies that are building an entirely new industry: lab-grown seafood. Seafood is the last major source of protein that is harvested from the wild. The whole idea seems like something plucked from a science fiction novel, but is […]

Posted on October 10, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Aquaculture 101: Part 2

This second installment examines a contentious fish here in BC: farmed salmon.

More than half of seafood consumed globally is farmed. In order to shed some light on the opaque sources of our seafood, I wrote an overview of popular farmed species (see Part 1). Next, let’s address a farmed and controversial species here on Canada’s west coast: salmon. How are BC’s wild salmon populations doing? You […]

Posted on October 3, 2018 10 min read Continue reading
Aquaculture 101: Part 1

Ocean Wise Seafood's Claire Li walks us through a crash course in farmed seafood in Canada.

At the recent Chefs for Oceans talk on aquaculture, organized by Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell, I presented a primer on farmed seafood. This event was geared towards chefs wanting to know more about the seafood options available on the Canadian market. But from the great feedback I received, I realized that this conversation […]

Posted on September 24, 2018 6 min read Continue reading
What's in a Name?

Canada's seafood is commonly mislabelled —and re-branding isn't the only problem.

Seafood is confusing. Have you ever wondered about the difference between steelhead and trout? Chinook and king salmon? Black cod and sablefish? The list goes on, but these pairs of fish are the same species and legally they can be sold in Canada under either name. Frequently, seafood is renamed to sound more appealing and […]

Posted on August 17, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Top Tools for Tracking Abuse in Seafood 

Human-rights and environmental abuses are a growing problem in the seafood supply chain. Find out how to spot the problem players.

Seafood supply chains are complicated. A single seafood item can travel from one country to the next, on boats and freight trucks, to the processing facility, to the domestic distributor, to the international distributor and… you get the idea.Having so many points in the supply chain can lead to some murky dealing. The complexity of […]

Posted on August 10, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Book Review: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

“A great lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.”

Ecosystems are the perfect example of balance. Each organism plays an important part in the system and ensuring that everything works efficiently. But what happens when there is wise-scale disruption? The Life and Death of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan tells this story of ecosystem disruption and its very complicated outcomes in the Great […]

Posted on July 5, 2018 3 min read Continue reading

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