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The facts on sustainable seafood from Ocean Wise

Curried coconut mussels

Curried coconut mussels

The term ‘sustainable’ may be the hot word du jour, but where our seafood is concerned, it may be the only word that matters.

According to Ocean Wise, a not-for-profit seafood conservation program founded by Vancouver Aquarium, an estimated 90% of all large, predatory fish have been depleted from the world’s oceans due to overfishing. A recent scientific study predicts that worldwide fisheries will collapse by 2048 unless we begin consuming seafood in a sustainable manner – meaning, we only consume seafood that is caught or farmed in a way that ensures the long-term health and stability of that species, as well as the greater marine ecosystem.

November has been designated ‘Ocean Wise Month’, so that we can spread the word and understand how to make environmentally-friendly seafood choices. Help keep our ocean life healthy and abundant by eating only the recommended seafood, and reference this list. And, look for this symbol when you’re shopping or ordering from Ocean wise-partnered restaurants and markets.

Recipes – Try sustainable seafood in some of these delicious recipes:

Salmon with avocado-ginger salsa

Lobster fettuccine

Spicy lemon shrimp

Seared halibut with cilantro salsa

Curried coconut mussels

The annual ‘Chowder Chowdown‘ took place at the Royal Fairmont Hotel in Toronto on November 21, where 12 Toronto-based chefs featured their unique take on chowders to benefit Ocean Wise: