Photo: Holiday Shrimp Ring

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By Sophika Kostyniuk, Public Engagement Specialist

Ah, the convenience of grabbing that succulent red shrimp ring from your grocer's freezer section and popping open the lid just in time to thaw out the juicy prawns and dip for your holiday party. Everyone ooohs and ahhhs, and you feel like a fantastic host. But dare we go deeper and think about the source of that delectable appetizer? Chances are that your red ring of holiday splendour came from farms in Asia or Latin America, was not certified as sustainable seafood, was exposed to chemical additives throughout its lifecycle, and negatively impacted the local habitat through pollution or mangrove forest destruction. Pledge to Eat for Healthy oceans this holiday season.

Farmed shrimp are one the most consumed aquaculture products per capita in Canada, and the supply chain is complex, consisting of approximately 400,000 producers worldwide. The majority of the world's shrimp is farmed, and is referred to as Black Tiger Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, White Shrimp or Ebi. The SeaChoice program ranks these products as red, or Avoid, species. Choose alternative seafood options like tasty Dungeness crab cakes, oysters and mussels and pledge to Eat for Healthy oceans this holiday season.

Don't despair, you have options, and the oceans and mangroves around the world will sing holiday songs of cheer for your decision to Eat for Healthy Oceans.

December 14, 2012

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