University of Ottawa catches on to certified sustainable, traceable seafood standards

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016

Marine Stewardship Council

The University of Ottawa is celebrating World Fisheries Day with the achievement of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, solidifying the University’s commitment to sourcing and serving wild seafood that meets the world’s most rigorous standards for sustainable fishing and traceability.

“Aquatic ecosystems around the world are under tremendous pressure from a combination of environmental change, habitat degradation, and over-harvesting. This commitment by the University of Ottawa will make a real difference in encouraging and supporting sustainable seafood harvesting,” says Nathan Young, interim director of the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

By choosing seafood with the blue MSC label, uOttawa diners can trust they’re making an ocean-friendly choice that directly rewards fishers, companies and institutions dedicated to preserving healthy oceans and sustainable seafood supplies for generations to come.

“MSC certification is an important marker of ecological sustainability, allowing consumers to know their seafood can be traced to a well-managed, sustainable fishery. This is particularly important given the overall trend of fish stock decline,” says Melissa Marschke, associate professor of international development and global studies.

As an international non-profit organization established to address the problem of overfishing, the MSC runs the world’s most recognized certification program for sustainable seafood. The program recognizes fisheries that manage their fish stocks responsibly and ecologically, and then assures traceability from ocean to plate.

“World Wildlife Fund Canada applauds the University of Ottawa’s decision to address the problem of unsustainable fishing by purchasing Marine Stewardship Council-certified seafood. Overfishing is a serious threat to the health of our oceans, as almost one-third of fish stocks globally are now considered overfished. Choosing MSC means supporting a healthy marine environment by only consuming fish from stocks that are well-managed and sustainably harvested,” says Bettina Saier, vice president of oceans, WWF-Canada.

The University of Ottawa is working towards one-hundred percent MSC-certified wild seafood for its state-of-the-art dining hall, which feeds 7,500 people a day and prepares 20 tonnes of seafood each year. The University ranks as the second most sustainable university in Canada according to the UI Green Metric Ranking. 

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

The MSC is an international non-profit organization. Our vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations. Our ecolabel and certification program recognizes and rewards sustainable fishing practices and is helping create a more sustainable seafood market.

The blue MSC label on a seafood product means that:

  • It comes from a wild-catch fishery which has been independently certified to the MSC’s science-based Standard for environmentally sustainable fishing.
  • It’s fully traceable to a sustainable source.

More than 280 fisheries in over 35 countries are certified to the MSC’s Standard. These fisheries have a combined annual seafood production of almost nine million metric tonnes, representing close to 10% of annual global yields. Over 20,000 seafood products worldwide carry the blue MSC label.

Certified Sustainable Seafood MSC -

Media inquiries:

Sarah Foster
Media Relations Officer, University of Ottawa

Céline Rouzaud
Marketing and Communications Manager, MSC Canada

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