WWF-Canada celebrates World Oceans Day


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 3, 2009

The World Wildlife Fund-Canada on Thursday announced an event to celebrate World Oceans Day on 8 June.

WWF-Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea will host an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to raise awareness of ocean issues among the Canadian government.

The event will showcase sustainable Canadian seafood prepared by chefs Kate Klenavic of Whalesbone Catering and John Taylor of Domus Café, with recipe cards highlighting the fishery and catch methods of the seafood being served.

WWF-Canada is also encouraging Canadians to cook their own sustainable seafood meals to mark the day by providing them with two of the recipes.

“Healthy oceans are critical to all life on earth, providing protein and livelihoods for more than a billion people worldwide,” said Gerald Butts, WWF-Canada president. “In terms of our food supply, if we don’t make serious changes, many of the species we enjoy today won’t be around for our children. More than 70 percent of the world’s fish stocks are either fully exploited or depleted. We have no choice but to improve the way we manage our oceans.”

Canada has celebrated World Oceans Day since the country made the proposal at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, but this is the first year the United Nations has officially designated it on the calendar.

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