Canada hosts international sustainable seafood summit | Finding Solutions | 2011 | Spring | Publications | David Suzuki Foundation
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By Gail Mainster

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We joined hundreds of delegates from every corner of the planet — the who's who of the seafood world — in Vancouver early this year at the ninth annual Seafood Summit, organized by the international Seafood Choices Alliance. Global representatives from industry, government, and conservation spent a week focused on sustainable seafood, sharing knowledge and discussing strategies for protecting our dwindling ocean food supply. This year marked the first time Canada has hosted the summit, which continues to expand in scope and importance.

Because so many species are on the verge of extinction, a planet-wide meeting of the minds like the Seafood Summit has never been more critical. The Foundation shared recent research and educated a diverse audience about our work.

Our senior conservation specialist Bill Wareham moderated a workshop on helping consumers make the best seafood purchasing choices, mediating conversations between producers, retailers, government, and non-governmental organizations, and sharing lessons learned from our ongoing SeaChoice partnership. Our aquatic biologist Jeffery Young spoke about sustainable seafood programs like SeaChoice and Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, and explained how they can work with retailers and fisheries to improve the sustainable salmon market. And our sustainable fisheries analyst Scott Wallace helped lead a seminar on managing small fish such as smelt, mackerel, herring, and sardines that live in the open ocean, to ensure they thrive for the wildlife and people that depend on them.

This year, more chefs, restaurant owners, and grocery store managers attended the summit because of an interest in sustainable seafood. More people are asking retailers for sustainable options, and businesses want to know how to meet their demands.

To help consumers, we created Suzuki's Top 10 Sustainable Seafood Picks, a handy guide that lists the most sustainable seafood you'll likely find at your local grocery store. Find the full guide and other resources at www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/oceans.

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