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Canadians deserve to know more about their seafood!

You know that what your family eats is important. We know that you care about how your food choices affect your health and the health of the environment. We believe that you have the right to make informed decisions about the food you eat. Unfortunately, Canada doesn't require that seafood is labelled with the information necessary to make well-informed, healthy and sustainable decisions.

Canadians across the country are using SeaChoice's seafood guide to empower them to eat well and to support sustainable fisheries, so that future generations can eat healthy fish too! However, in order to make best use of the SeaChoice consumer guide, our seafood needs to contain information about exactly what kind of fish it is, where it was caught, how it was caught or farmed and whether it contains any additives or health warnings. Learn more about Seafood traceability

Consumers are faced with many difficult choices; especially when it comes to health and sustainability. Let's make sure that Canadians are given all the information they need to make healthy, sustainable choices. Take action here!

Important questions to ask when you shop and dine:

  • What type of seafood is this?
  • Where was it fished or farmed?
  • How was it caught or farmed?

Helpful tips for when retailers don't know the answers:

  • Ask to speak to another employee or even a manager.
  • Suggest phoning their supplier for more details.
  • Be persistent! Retailers ultimately want to make their customers happy.
  • Consider shopping somewhere else that can better answer your questions.
  • Write a letter to voice your concerns and share it with the government or your local seafood retailer.

The more Canadians ask these questions when shopping for seafood the more we will notice change!

A good law would require that all seafood products be labelled with information on:

  • Common and scientific name
  • Mandatory country of origin
  • Ocean region,
  • Farmed or wild caught
  • Catch or farming method
  • Health Canada advisories (e.g. high mercury levels)
  • Additives (if applicable)
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/oceans/science/government-regulations/seafood-labelling-in-canada/