Ocean Wise Seafood Program
Merasheen Bay oysters are Ocean Wise Recommended because of the sustainable farming practices employed to cultivate and harvest these species. Floating rafts for oysters make no contact with the seafloor, and thus the shellfish are harvested with little to no bycatch or environmental damage. As filter feeders, oysters do not require any external feed (they extract nutrition from plankton in the seawater), which means no pressure is put on wild fish stocks for feed. Farming shellfish even offers ecosystem benefits by reducing the nutrient load in the water.
Overfishing is a monumental, global issue. Ocean Wise Seafood is a conservation program that makes it easy for consumers to choose sustainable seafood for the long term health of our oceans. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is our assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 750 Ocean Wise partners across the seafood supply chain that represent thousands of locations in Canada, the Ocean Wise Seafood program makes it easy for consumers and seafood purchasers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans, lakes and rivers for generations to come. Find out more at seafood.ocean.org or follow OWS on social media using @oceanwiselife.