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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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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
Congrats to Seafood Supporter, Guy Dean!

Ocean Wise partner Guy Dean wins this year's Seafood Champion Award for Leadership at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit.

Tireless. Inspiring. Innovative. These are just a few ways to describe Guy Dean, vice president and chief sustainability officer at Albion Farms and Fisheries and long-time Ocean Wise seafood partner. Today, he was awarded the Seafood Champion Award for Leadership at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona. The word “deserving” can be added to that […]

Posted on June 19, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Sustainable Seafood in the Sky

Toronto's famous CN Tower is now serving Ocean Wise-approved seafood.

Some 350 metres above Toronto’s downtown, big changes are happening. Toronto’s highest restaurant inside the CN Tower is now a proud partner of the Ocean Wise Seafood program. At 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, you can now find the Ocean Wise symbol beside an assortment of sustainable options from both Canadian coasts. With a […]

Posted on June 7, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
To Eat or Not to Eat Farmed Fish? 

Why you should eat more of these farmed fish. (Yes, really!)

“Is this fish farmed or wild?” Restaurant servers often field this question from diners, who are quickly reassured that the fish they’re about to consume is indeed wild. But why are wild fish considered superior to farmed? Is wildness a measure of seafood quality? Many of us have a knee-jerk negative responses to Atlantic salmon […]

Posted on May 31, 2018 4 min read Continue reading

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