Tomorrow is World Oceans Day

For Immediate Release – June 6, 2013

Vancouver, BC and Halifax, NS – Saturday is World Oceans Day – a day to celebrate our oceans, and bring awareness to the many threats that face them. The theme of World Oceans Day 2013 is: Together we have the power to protect the ocean. “And we do,” said Nicola Hill, SeaChoice member from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society BC Chapter. “The choices we make every day can positively affect ocean health - from making smart seafood choices to refusing plastic and cutting our carbon footprint.”

Overfishing is widely accepted as one of the biggest threats to the world’s oceans. By choosing ocean friendly seafood you are helping to protect the health of marine ecosystems. SeaChoice helps you make sustainable seafood choices providing sustainability rankings online, on the SeaChoice iPhone app, or with the SeaChoice pocket seafood guide. By choosing sustainable seafood, you are not only supporting fishers and farmers who are acting responsibly, you are helping to shift demand from unsustainable seafood, and force change on the water.

For World Oceans Day we are making it easy for Canadians to support sustainable seafood choices all throughout the year by:

  • Choose “Best Choice” seafood options.
  • Spread the word- invite your friends over for a sustainable seafood dinner or to watch an ocean documentary like “End of the Line”.
  • Sign and share the petition in support of making National Sustainable Seafood Day official in Canada.

Formed in 2006, SeaChoice is a national program that provides science-based sustainability assessments of seafood and helps Canadian businesses and consumers make sustainable seafood choices. SeaChoice is a joint initiative of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Centre, Living Oceans Society and Sierra Club of BC. Working in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s acclaimed Seafood Watch program, SeaChoice undertakes science-based assessments, provides informative resources for consumers, and supports businesses through collaborative partnerships.

For more information contact:
Lana Gunnlaugson, National SeaChoice Manager