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Sustainable Seafood

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No matter where you live, seafood is one of the most common—and tasty—ways to connect to the ocean. At Living Oceans Society we are proud shoppers of fish and shellfish.

And like a growing number of Canadians, we’re also concerned about how fishing and aquaculture practices are pushing some ocean ecosystems to the brink of collapse. Overfished stocks, damaging gears, unintended bycatch, chemical use and the spread of disease; it’s enough to make you lose your appetite.

But the seafood story is not all bad. Growing numbers of seafood producers are catching and raising seafood with a healthy ocean in mind. These sustainable producers play a key role in protecting our oceans for future generations, and so can you.

Learn how you can directly contribute to healthier oceans by supporting the ocean-friendly seafood movement. Get informed, get involved and become a part of the solution.

What We're Doing

Since 2006, Living Oceans Society and our SeaChoice partners have helped shoppers and businesses make informed choices that support ocean-friendly seafood. We’ve been part of the push that’s bumped sustainable seafood from niche market status to holding a widely popular share of the seafood marketplace. To help fill the rising demand for ocean-friendly seafood, Living Oceans Society connects shoppers with industry leaders who are pioneering sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices.

All of our work on seafood sustainability is based on science. In partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s acclaimed Seafood Watch program, Living Oceans Society, as a SeaChoice member, assesses the sustainability of seafood items commonly available in Canada. We cover both wild and farmed seafood, from Canada and around the world, and make this information publicly available to help shoppers and businesses make more ocean-friendly choices.

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We’re improving our fisheries by pushing the Canadian government to protect habitat and biodiversity through marine planning in coastal British Columbia. And we’re making sure important issues like bycatch, deep-sea fisheries impacts, and the need for reform in salmon aquaculture are getting the attention they deserve.


What Can You Do?

Find out how committed your grocery store and seafood brands are sustainable and socially responsible seafood with Seafood Progress, led by SeaChoice. Here you can compare grocery stores and brands, plus learn more about the various types of seafood eco-labels.