Ocean Wise Month Media Launch @ ORU Restaurant

On November 8th, Eating in Vancouver & the World joined local media in celebrating the kick off of Ocean Wise Month at ORU Restaurant in the beautiful Fairmont Pacific Rim.

For any readers not familiar with what Ocean Wise is, Ocean Wise is an environmental conservation program created to educate people about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. As human populations grow and the demand for seafood rises, it is more important than ever to ensure that we are intelligently employing practices that allow for a balanced give/take ecosystem.

Ocean Wise has grown from a grass roots level organization to a truly national community that spans from coast to coast. With a diverse array of partners from restaurants and retailers to entertainment venues and universities, the need to protect our oceans has been comprehensively embraced and continues to grow each month.

For those looking to inform others on what specific seafood items have the Ocean Wise emblem, a quick list below:

– BC & Alaska Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, and Sockeye salmon (seine net, gill or troll caught)
– BC spot prawns (trap caught)
– Clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops (beach or suspension farmed)
– BC Albacore tuna (poll or troll caught)
– Pacific cod (bottom longline or trap caught)
– Pacific halibut (bottom longline or hand-line caught)

The event itself was pretty enjoyable as we got to watch a couple live demonstrations and sample a few tasty dishes. Each dish I sampled was really good and served to underscore the evening’s overarching theme that we can still enjoy high quality seafood without compromising the health of our oceans.

A big thanks to the Vancouver Aquarium and Ocean Wise for the informative event and of course ORU and the Fairmont Pacific Rim for hosting. If you would like to learn more about the Ocean Wise program, I highly urge you to visit their website at www.oceanwise.ca.

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Alvin Lee is a professional photographer, culinary arts enthusiast, and contributing author of Eating in Vancouver & the World. Visit Alvin’s website and connect with him on Twitter @alvinkclee and Instagram @foodimagery.

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