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EPIC ’08 – OceanWise and sustainable seafood choices April 20, 2008

Posted by Raul in dining out, EPIC 08, epic08, epic2008, sustainability, Vancouver.
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This post is also cross-posted with the FrogBlog
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I remember when I used to think that eating seafood was intrinsically better than eating meat simply because it seemed logical that since fish were ocean-bound, they were somehow ‘organic‘ and it was “ok” to eat this “organic” food group (I was very young at the time). Year later, I decided to engage in more serious studies on environmental issues, and one of the topics I have studied is the notion of eco-labelling.

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Photo credit: Raul on Flickr.

What is an eco-label, you ask? And what exactly does it mean to have a product eco-certified? Instead of engaging you in a long-winded academic conversation, I will use a hyper-local, Vancouver-based and run eco-certification program: Ocean Wise.

So… what is OceanWise? Well…

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants and markets, ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and helping them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. The options are highlighted on their menus and display cases with the Ocean Wise symbol, making it easier for consumers to make environmentally friendly seafood choices. The Ocean Wise logo next to a menu item is a guarantee that the item is a good choice for keeping ocean life healthy and abundant for generations to come.[Vancouver Aquarium’s OceanWise website]

So say you want to go out for dinner and you are a non-meat eater. You simply go to the OceanWise restaurant listing or look for the OceanWise symbol right beside the specific dish. OceanWise can be considered an eco-label (that is, it has a specific label that certifies that the product is considered sustainable) that allows consumers to make informed choices about the specific seafood products whose consumption is under consideration.

I strongly recommend that you visit the OceanWise booth at the Vancouver Sun EPIC Sustainable Living Expo. Still running on Sunday April 20th, 2008 from 10am to 5pm. If you need any help, feel free to look for any of your friendly FrogSquad bloggers at the HappyFrog.ca booth right outside the main entrance.

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