It’s that special time of year when many of us get together with family and friends, reflect on the year and celebrate what’s to come. It’s also the perfect time of year to have a positive impact on the future of Canada’s oceans. Here’s how:
1) Choose sustainable seafood
If seafood is on your holiday menu then opt for something ocean friendly! Here are five seafood products you can feel good about, while adding flare to your holiday feast.
2) Ask questions
Once you choose your holiday menu, take your ocean-saving passion with you to the store. Ask questions about the seafood you are purchasing, such what the species is, where it was caught and what fishing gear was used. If more restaurants and grocery stores know that consumers want this information, the better able we are to improve seafood traceability in Canada. This is really important for our own health as well as the health of the oceans. You can also show your support at Oceana.ca/StopSeafoodFraud.
3) Share some facts
Looking for dinner conversation? Share facts about the state of Canada’s fisheries with friends and family. Here are a few to get the conversation going:
• Canada has the longest coastline in the world and is responsible for 2.76 million square kilometers of ocean.
• Canada is one of the world’s major fishing nations, consistently ranking within the top 25 fish-producing countries in the world.
• Only one third of fish stocks are considered healthy and 13 per cent are in critical condition.
For more stats on Canada’s fisheries check out FisheryAudit.ca.
4) Dive deep
Grab some snacks and gather your loved ones for a visual exploration of Canada’s oceans by watching this short film about the wonders of the Gulf of St Lawrence featuring Alexandra Cousteau, ocean advocate and granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.