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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, markets, food services and suppliers ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and helping them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. To learn more about Ocean Wise click here.
Ocean Wise works with restaurant partners across Canada to help identify and source sustainable seafood options. These options are then highlighted on their menus with the Ocean Wise symbol, making it easier for consumers to make environmentally friendly seafood choices. Ocean Wise restaurant partners are committed to continuous improvement with their seafood sourcing.
Ocean Wise also works with seafood suppliers selling product into Canada who are committed to identifying their sustainable options. By creating a dedicated Ocean Wise product list it makes it easier for customers to choose ocean-friendly options.
Vist the Ocean Wise website for a mapped list of all Ocean Wise Partners.
Ocean Wise’s classification system is based on two categories: sustainable (Ocean Wise recommended) or unsustainable (Ocean Wise not recommended). Species are regularly updated and/or reclassified with the latest scientific information.
Ocean Wise recommendations are generated from assessments using the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program methodology: Wild Capture Criteria and Aquaculture Criteria.
Final Score for Aquaculture = geometric mean of the eight scores (Criterion 1-8).
Wild Fisheries: Final Seafood Watch score ≥ 2.8 -OR- all MSC-certified fisheries from Canada and the United States (with the exception of fisheries where the Risk-Based Framework was used in Principle 1 and/or where objections were filed) -OR- all other MSC-certified fisheries with the Principle 2 score ≥ 84.5 and no open conditions on other species, specifically endangered, threatened, or protected (ETP) species
Wild Fisheries: Final Seafood Watch score < 2.8
Aquaculture: Final Seafood Watch score < 5.5