June 8th Is World Oceans day
June 8th is the perfect occasion to celebrate the wild bounty our waters provide.
Did you know, our oceans are the last major source of wild protein in the world? They can provide us with an infinitely renewable source of fresh, healthy food. But only if we harvest them sustainably.
Overfishing is the single biggest threat to ocean life, and many fish stocks are on the brink of collapse. Unsustainable fishing practices also threaten sharks, sea turtles, whales and dolphins that can suffer unintentional harm from interactions with fisheries.
The good news is: you don’t have to be an expert or a scientist to help solve our oceans’ biggest challenge. All you need is your love of seafood and a little help from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
This Oceans Day, you can learn more about MSC and explore the flavour of truly sustainable seafood.
Over the past 20 years, MSC has become the most recognized sustainable seafood certification program in the world. Products that bear the blue MSC fish label—from frozen shrimp, to canned tuna, to fresh salmon—are traced from a credible, certified sustainable fishery all the way to your plate. In fact, you can easily find these at local grocery stores like Loblaws, Whole Foods, Sobeys, Costco and Walmart.
Choosing sustainable seafood does make a difference. Almost every fishery in the MSC program (94%) has had to make at least one improvement to their fishing practices to achieve or maintain their certification. That means when you buy MSC certified products, you are literally voting for better fishing practices and sustainable wild fish for generations to come.