Overwaitea Food Group stores cuts red-listed farmed salmon from stores
by Lana Brandt on June 28th, 2012
By Lana Gunnlaugson, National SeaChoice Manager
One of the most rewarding parts of my work is when I see SeaChoice retail partners shift their seafood supply to more ocean-friendly seafood sources. Not only does this change make it easier for Canadians to choose their seafood responsibly, but it also helps to improve fishing and aquaculture practices in the ocean.
In April 2010, Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) announced that they were the first Canadian retailer to close the loop on farmed salmon by offering their customers a “Best Choice” closed containment farmed salmon option from SweetSpring. Two years later, OFG has taken another step closer to a complete line of ocean-friendly seafood choices by announcing the elimination of all red-listed open-net farmed salmon from their stores.
Overwaitea Food Group’s announcement this week to a complete sourcing of wild and closed containment farmed salmon expands the ocean-friendly choices for their customers. The elimination of open-net pen farmed salmon also takes an important step forward in protecting wild salmon and their ocean habitat from open-net salmon farming. Salmon are an iconic species for Canadians and wild salmon need protection. Eliminating red-listed farmed salmon from their stores reflects Overwaitea Food Group’s commitment to protect wild salmon and their habitat.
With over 120 Overwaitea Food Group stores across British Columbia and Alberta, this shift to source only wild and closed containment farmed salmon makes for an exciting announcement in western Canada. On behalf of the team at SeaChoice, we congratulate Overwaitea Food Group on their ability to find innovative solutions to complex seafood issues.