A fleet of SeaChoice ambassadors from BC's Lower Mainland has joined the David Suzuki Foundation to help spread the word on ocean-friendly seafood. Over the next few months, these bloggers, journalists, "foodies", chefs, restaurateurs, fishermen and event organizers will be writing, cooking and speaking to their friends and colleagues to promote the concept of ocean friendly seafood. The ambassadors are using the convenient SeaChoice Seafood Guide, other ocean-friendly resources, and their own innovative ideas to inform their communities about where our seafood comes from, how it is harvested, and how we can all choose wisely when we shop and dine out.
We have created a new online resource called Eat for healthy oceans to document the ambassadors' journey and make eating ocean-friendly seafood fun and easy. The web page features recipes, stories, videos and community events as well as tips on how you can make a difference at home. You can join the ambassadors and take action by signing the Eat for healthy oceans pledge —a commitment to use the SeaChoice Seafood Guide when shopping for seafood or eating in restaurants and to select only green- and yellow-listed species. Voting with your wallet sends a strong signal to government and business leaders, telling them that you support responsible stewardship of our oceans.
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Check the Eat for healthy oceans page for regular updates and take action to ensure that we have healthy oceans (and healthy humans) for generations to come.
Meet the SeaChoice ambassadors:
Richard Chew — Owner, Chewie's Steam and Oyster Bar
Rob Clark — Corporate executive chef, the Kambolis Group
Daryl Egan — Fisherman, Iron Maiden Seafood
Scott Fraser — Marketing & communications officer, Granville Island Public Market
Melody Fury — Blogger, GourmetFury.com; Founder, Vancouver Food Tour
Melody is an award-winning entrepreneur, food writer & photographer with a ferocious appetite. This engaging, tell-all food media personality founded Vancouver Food Tour to showcase BC's farm-to-fork culture. In early 2011, The Westender's "Best of the City" edition awarded her the Local Entrepreneur of the Year title. Find her delectable musing on GourmetFury.com or holler @GourmetFury on twitter. She bites back.
Kevin Huang — Director, Shark Truth
Shark Truth is a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness, education and action for sharks and around shark fin issues. While staying on top of the science aspect of the shark-fin industry, Kevin also manages Shark Truth's Volunteer Engagement department and outreach events. With a love for seafood, he believes in education and awareness of sustainable options as methods for long-term, positive change.
Karen Lee — Programming manager, Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Eric Low — Co-owner, Terracotta Modern Chinese restaurant
John Mauriks — Fisherman, Sundog (See David Suzuki's Queen of Green's interview with John)
Kim (Bosco) Mo — Creator, Pogo616.com
Pogo616 is a multilingual food and restaurant website aimed at promoting the understanding of different cultures through their food and culinary heritage. In addition to his work on Pogo616, Kim also appears regularly as a guest on Chinese radio stations in Vancouver and Sydney to chat about food related topics and issues.
Kim is passionate about food and loves the ocean. He can speak a number of languages and knows the importance of communication and using various media and formats to convey the message of a sustainable environment to the broader communities. Kim looks forward to working with other ambassadors to spread the word on ocean-friendly seafood to local and overseas Chinese communities.
Hidekazu Tojo — Executive chef, Tojo's Restaurant
Vancouver Slop — Food blog
Since 2008, Vancouver Slop has searched the city for great restaurants, all with a healthy dose of not-taking-ourselves-seriously. But the one thing we do take seriously is sustainability because as much as we love writing about our culinary adventures we want to ensure our future kids will be able to experience them as well. You can follow Vancouver Slop on Twitter @vancouverslop.
Monique Wong — Heritage interpreter, Gulf of Georgia Cannery; President, SIFE UBC
Monique is a second year business student at UBC and a strong advocate for using her business skills to better the community. Environmental sustainability is one of her primary passions and, being of Chinese descent, Monique loves to engage her community in the green movement through their language and cultural values.
Stephen Wong — Journalist, food and beverage consultant, cookbook author