About Ocean Wise


The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.

Overfishing is the number one problem facing the world’s oceans...

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and helping them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. The options are highlighted on their menus and display cases with the Ocean Wise symbol, making it easier for consumers to make environmentally friendly seafood choices. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a menu or seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium's assurance that the item is a good choice for keeping ocean life healthy and abundant for generations to come.

Look for this symbol next to seafood options:

Fresh grilled BC halibut marinated in a ginger, miso & white wine reduction; wild rice pilaf & Chinese broccoli

It’s your assurance that you are making the best choice to ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.

Our Ocean Wise Partners

The Ocean Wise logo can be found in participating restaurants, markets and food-service outlets throughout Canada. Currently there are over 525 participating members, with thousands of locations. All of these participants have committed to providing ocean friendly alternatives to their customers. Please support these partners next time you eat seafood and be Ocean Wise!

Find an Ocean Wise restaurant
Full list of Ocean Wise partners

Our Sponsors

Ocean Wise would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their support of the program: the John Hardy Mitchell Family Foundation, VanCity enviroFund, Capers Community Markets, Mark Anthony Group, BC Wine Institute, as well as the support of all of our partner businesses. Ocean Wise was made possible by a start-up grant generously donated by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

What is sustainable seafood?

Interested in serving sustainable seafood? Find out how to join the Ocean Wise program

Photography by Hamid Attie, courtesy of C Restaurant