National Sustainable Seafood Day: Parliamentary Initiative Offers Hope for Oceans
by Lana Brandt on May 9th, 2013
By Lana Gunnlaugson, National SeaChoice Manager
Earlier this year, a motion was tabled in the House of Commons asking to make National Sustainable Seafood Day official in Canada. Since then, the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and SeaChoice have been working with Blueyou Consulting and Executive Chef Ned Bell of Yew Restaurant + Bar to help build support for a National Sustainable Seafood Day in Canada.
Last Friday, David Suzuki joined special guests National Geographic Fellow, Barton Seaver and 12 celebrity chefs for a sustainable seafood celebration in Vancouver.
With 10 unique Canadian sustainable seafood tasting stations plus two global features all prepared by some of Canada’s top chefs, this event was not only a culinary adventure, but the inspirational stories of each fishery or farm offered not only solutions for seafood lovers, but more importantly hope for our oceans.
And just because the event is over, this doesn’t mean that our work is over, Canada! We need to gain support for National Sustainable Seafood Day to get it passed in Parliament and official on Canada’s calendars.
So what can you do to support us?
- Sign the petition.
- Write your local MP and ask them to support National Sustainable Seafood Day.
- Buy a T-shirt to support the work of Ocean Wise and SeaChoice – email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spread the word!
A BIG thanks to all the chefs, fishers, producers, sponsors and volunteers who made last Friday’s Seafood Celebration with David Suzuki and Special Guests one to remember!