While there is no silver bullet to the global challenge of overfishing, a market-based program like the Marine Stewardship Council has an important part to play to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the bounty of our oceans.
Sometimes, when we talk about sustainable seafood at Shedd, people wonder why we include the Great Lakes. After all, when people think about seafood, images of fishing boats along the Atlantic or Pacific coasts often come to mind.
Sharks, rays and seahorses are on the road to extinction. East coast cod has declined 96 percent over the past 150 years. But magnetic fishhooks are helping to save sharks, and just in the nick of time.
As the Canadian federal inquiry examining the 2009 Fraser River sockeye salmon collapse in British Columbia kicks into full gear, one might be surprised to learn that at the same time, some want to designate this fishery as "eco-certified."
The shrimping industry itself is an environmental scourge much older than the oil spill. Farming is responsible for habitat destruction, while trawling for wild shrimp is harmful to the oceanic environment. So which is the lesser of the two evils?