Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON–As restaurants and consumers across Canada become increasingly interested in making sustainable choices, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program has partnered with Restaurants Canada to raise awareness of sustainable seafoodand how to source it.

The Ocean Wise program has more than 650 partners, including restaurants, retailers and suppliers, with thousands of partner locations across Canada. Restaurants Canada members represent more than 30,000 businesses, who will now have access to a wealth of information and guidance about sourcing Ocean Wise-recommended seafood.Both organizations are committed to educating the foodservices community, and this partnership is a step toward ensuring all businesses in Canada have the information to make sustainable seafood purchasing decisions.

“Over the past decade, there has been real momentum in the sustainable seafood movement across Canada’s foodservice industry. Our industry partners are passionate about protecting the world’s oceans, and recognize the value in working with Ocean Wise,” said Ann-Marie Copping, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program manager.“This collaboration with Restaurants Canada is a wonderful opportunity to work with even more partners across the country. Collectively, we can continue to move the needle on sustainability and make it easier for consumers to make ocean-friendly choices.”

As part of the agreement, new Ocean Wise partners that are currently members of Restaurants Canada will receive a discount on their annual fee for the first two years, and the same is true for new Restaurants Canada members that are currently Ocean Wise members.

“Sustainable seafood continues to be a popular choice among restaurant diners,” said Donna Dooher, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “Restaurants Canada is proud to work with Ocean Wise on this worthy initiative.”

For more information visit the Ocean Wise Preferred Partner or the Restaurants Canada Membership Benefits sites.

Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise®
Overfishing is the single biggest threat our oceans face today. With more than 650 partners across Canada, Ocean Wise makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. www.oceanwise.ca.

Restaurants Canada
Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada’s restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day.

Media Contact
Alexis Brown | Vancouver Aquarium | 604.659.3777 | alexis.brown@vanaqua.org

Beth Pollock |Communications Specialist | Restaurants Canada |416.649.4254 |media@restaurantscanada.org

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