- Restaurants & Partners
- News & Events
- Recent News
- Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Past Winners
- Wine For Waves
- Chowder Chowdown Toronto 2012
- Chowder Chowdown Vancouver 2012
- Newsletter Archive
11 December 2011
Sympatico.ca Lifestyle "Understanding Ocean Wise"
"The Vancouver Aquarium conservation program is teaching consumers about sustainable seafood..."
28 November 2011
Eat Magazine "Top Chefs Face Off over Ocean Wise Chowder"
"The 4th Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown took place at the Vancouver Aquarium last night, with a sold-out house and a lot of great beer. Twelve chefs competed to be named Chowder King, and each entry was paired with a local B.C. brew..."
24 November 2011
Vancouver Sun "Chowder Chowdown: The Crowning of a New Champion"
"Big congrats to Paul Cecconi, executive chef of Local Lounge • Grille in Summerland, who beat 11 other chefs Wednesday night to win Vancouver Aquarium’s fourth annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown..."
24 November 2011
The Corporate Yacht "Executive Chef Natasha Harris WINS the People's Choice Award for Favourite Ocean Wise Chowder!"
"The Sunset Bay Yacht Group is proud to announce that Executive Chef Natasha Harris won the coveted “People’s Choice Award” for favourite Chowder at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown last night!..."
24 November 2011
Inside Vancouver "Local Lounge Wins 2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown"
"Last night, my partner and I joined the 560(!) guests at the sold-out Vancouver Aquarium’s 2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown for an evening of chowder and beer tasting that was a rousing success..."
24 November 2011
Vancouver Foodster "2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown"
"The 4th Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown was a huge success at a great event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium on November 23rd. This event saw a packed house sampling many or all of the twelve chowders..."
23 November 2011
Coleen's Dish - Coleen Christie's Blog "Chowder Chowdown Winner"
"Local Lounge Smoked ‘outlandish’ oyster chowder with parsnips, squash and brown butter breadcrumbs..."
21 November 2011
Food Service World "Sea Change: Tracing Seafood's Sustainability Story"
"Most restaurants operate with the idea that quality and safety are paramount considerations when choosing the food they serve to their customers. But, as Canadians become increasingly conscious and informed about environmental issues, they are demanding chefs approach ingredient purchases ethically, too..."
21 November 2011
Engage: SFU Volunteer Services Blog "Ocean Wise Program and Sustainable Seafood - Pick your Fish!"
"If you love to dine out in Vancouver, it’s likely that you’ve seen this symbol before. I stumbled across it quite a few times before I discovered what it meant. This is the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise symbol..."
15 November 2011
Vancouver Sun "Chowder Competition: New Twists on a Traditional Dish"
"A dozen of the city’s top chefs are poised to take seafood chowder to a whole new place: Asia. The winner of last year’s Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown — a dashi halibut chowder from Hapa Izakaya chef Ben Berwick..."
9 November 2011
Spotlight Toronto "2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown"
"It is nearly impossible to overstate the desperate condition that our most-fished ocean species fnd themselves in. We have taken so many of the larger, top-of-the-chain fish that many of them are very close to being extinct..."
28 October 2011
Market Wire "1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market Celebrates Sustainability"
"As the first fish market in the Vancouver area to join the Ocean Wise™ program in 2009; to Heather Jenkins and her staff at 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market, protecting and sustaining seafood and fish stocks has always been a top priority..."
20 October 2011
Vancouver Sun "Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown"
"Twelve of Vancouver’s top Ocean Wise chefs will heat up the Vancouver Aquarium on November 23 as they compete in a cook-off for the title of 2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion..."
20 October 2011
Scout Magazine "GOODS: The Vancouver Aquarium & Ocean Wise Ready For "Toast to the Coast"
"Join 500 foodies and wine lovers in support of the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation, education and research efforts at Toast to the Coast 2011 on Friday November 4, 2011..."
14 October 2011
The Vancouver Observer "Vancouver Aquarium's Upstream Cafe Awarded for Sustainable Practices and Environmental Contributions"
"The Vancouver Aquarium's Upstream Café received the annual Terry Biggar award by the British Columbia Bottle Depot Association. The award recognizes "sustainable practices and environmental contributions..."
14 October 2011
Straight.com "Local Chefs Create Shark-Fin-Free Alternatives at Sans Fin Soup Contest"
"It was an episode of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's U.K. series Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait that convinced Vancouver chef and Edible Canada sous chef Tom Lee to enter Shark Truth's Sans Fin Soup Contest..."
7 October 2011
Vancouver Courier "Conservationists Spawn "Salmon-Safe' Label in B.C."
"As of this week, B.C. consumers can buy wine, produce, meat, nuts and, soon, Christmas trees marked Salmon-Safe..."
18 August 2011
Cuisine Canada Scene "Review: The Ocean Wise Cookbook"
"Ocean Wise is a nation-wide conservation program designed to educate restaurants and consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood..."
10 August 2011
Canadian Tourism Commission "Wise up to Sustainable Fish and Seafood"
"Chefs across Canada have signed on with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program in record numbers – some 3,100 restaurants across the country now serve at least some sustainable fish and seafood on their menus..."
24 May 2011
Apple App Store "Ocean Wise"
"Ocean Wise is the trusted symbol of ocean-friendly seafood in Canada. The new Ocean Wise app makes it easier than ever to make ocean-friendly seafood choices. It features a searchable, real-time updated seafood database. It also enables you to locate and make reservations at Ocean Wise participating restaurants, or locate Ocean Wise."
18 April 2011
Reader's Digest Open Kitchen "Sea of Love"
"How much do you love seafood? Vancouverite Jane Mundy loves it so much, she’s determined to help pull us back from the brink of a world-wide fisheries collapse..."
1 March 2011
Canadian News Wire "Are you Toronto's Ultimate Ocean Wise Seafoodie?"
"There's a new type of foodie emerging in Toronto's culturally-diverse culinary scene—the Ocean Wise Seafoodie. Looking for greater understanding of a perfectly planked B.C. wild Sockeye..."
20 February 2011
CBC News "Big Fish Numbers Dwindling: UBC Study"
"The population breakdown in the world's oceans is changing dramatically, with big fish numbers dropping while smaller fish become more plentiful, according to a new study..."
18 February 2011
NOW Toronto "Go Fish! Local Cooks Celebrate Sustainability"
"Though it seems like every eco-minded eatery in town has jumped on the locavore bandwagon, when it comes to seafood and sustainability, sadly very few of them are on board..."
15 February 2011
Canadian Tourism Commission "Canadian Chefs Lead the Way in Discovering New and Sustainable Seafood"
"Invited to tour some of Steveston Village’s seafood restaurants, I was salivating before I even arrived at the historic fishing village near Vancouver, BC..."
3 February 2011
SeafoodSource.com "Ocean Wise launches iPhone app"
"Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise initiative on Thursday announced that it launched an iPhone application..."
2 February 2011
Food Vancouver "Canadians Go Ocean Wise with Sustainable Seafood iPhone App"
"Canadians looking to make smart, sustainable seafood choices are encouraged to use the Ocean Wise iPhone application—an easy-to-use app that provides consumers..."
21 January 2011
BC Local News "Ocean Wise Seafood"
"If you care about how you feed yourself and your loved ones, you must care about whether the earth will still be able to feed them in 40 years..."
18 January 2011
The Province "B.C. Restaurant Eager to Protect Province's Awesome Seafood Stocks"
"With a staggering 26,000 kilometres of coastline to play with, is it any surprise that B.C.'s residents have been feasting on fish and seafood for millennia?..."
10 January 2011
Toronto Sun "Is There a Catch to Eating Fish?"
"Go fish, go figure. Years ago, the fish story was a simple one: Eat more fish for your brain and heart health. Today's fish story is swimming in murky waters, and the responsibility of how to choose fish is so enormous..."
16 November 2010
'Last December, my husband and I found ourselves wandering through the maze of tanks at the Vancouver Aquarium. We marvelled at the jellies, peered at the bioluminescent marine life, and a touch disturbingly, downed a whole lot of seafood chowder...'
16 November 2010
Edmonton Journal "Enter to Win an Ocean Wise Cookbook"
'A new seafood cookbook has just been released by Ocean Wise, a nationwide conservation program that educates restaurants and consumers about issues surrounding sustainable seafood...'
15 November 2010
The Province "Get Ocean Wise This Month "
'It's Ocean Wise month, a time to think about our responsibility to our seas and the fish and seafood that come from them - and also to celebrate a Vancouver success story...'
10 November 2010
'Forget those flashy coffee table books that are long on pretty pictures but short on real recipes. For 2010, the best cookbooks are big, fat, practical tomes stuffed with tips, techniques and, of course, recipes...'
10 November 2010
Burnaby Now "Be Ocean Wise This November "
'November is for rememberance, and in recent years it's also the month we tolerate unsightly facial hair to raise awareness for prostate cancer. November is important for another crucial cause as well: it's Ocean Wise Month...'
01 November 2010
Sustainable Ontario "OCTA's Culinary Tourism U"
'Our Annual Culinary Tourism Summit is a chance to engage with culinary tourism stakeholders from across the province and country...'
18 September 2010
Nutrition: Fact or Fiction "2010 Canadian Chef's Congress: Oceans for Tomorrow"
'Through my company, LEAF, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2010 Canadian Chef's Congress this past week ...'
17 September 2010
'The following guest post continues a series of "Meet a Gold Medal Plates Competing Chef" interviews you will see on Fridays ...'
13 February 2010
Calgary Herald "Sustainable Fish and Seafood"
'After learning his trade at the famed Rodney's Oyster House in Toronto, Joshua Bishop went off to see the world...'
30 January 2010
Coleen's Dish "Ocean Wise Turns 5"
'I was recently reminded of why I love this city's attitude about dining. You can eat amazing food and not destroy the planet all at the same time...'
29 January 2010
TinyBites "Ocean Wise Turns 5!"
'Upon reaching their 5th anniversary they pulled out all the stops and threw a party that included many members of the media and several Ocean Wise restaurants...'
28 January 2010
Vancouver Foodster "Ocean Wise Myster Tour"
'A unique event to celebrate 5 years of the Ocean Wise program...'
27 January 2010
Island Chef "Chatting with Rob Clark"
'Robert believes that chefs have a special ability to create change. He says "The people who feed the people are the most powerful so it is easier for us to make a difference"...'
24 January 2010
Taste T.O. "Why we all need to Wise Up"
'The guesswork of choosing a fish that is sustainable has been taken out of the transaction...'
28 December 2009
Vancouver Foodster "Best Foodie Events of 2009"
'Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown was the most entertaining event at the coolest venue that brought together some of the cities best chefs and restaurant to support a great organisation...'
4 December 2009
Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine "Supplier of the Year - Sea Change"
'Thanks for a sustainable seafood program that's been rolled out nationwide, Ocean Wise is changing the way Canadians think about eating fish...'
26 November 2009
Vancouver Foodster "Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown"
'The 2nd Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown was a huge success at a great event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium on November 25th...'
25 November 2009
Inside Vancouver "Go Fish Win 2009 Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown"
'My friends and I just got back from the sold-out 2009 Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder ChowDown at the Vancouver Aquarium. We're absolutely swollen with chowder and beer, and we loved every minute...'
29 September 2009
'An interview with Mike McDermid, Ocean Wise's Program Manager...'
26 August 2009
Gulf Islands Driftwood "Thrifty's Adopts Ocean Wise Program"
'Sherwood said the company's decision formalizes Thrifty Foods' long-standing emphasis on fresh, locally sourced and sustainable fisheries whenever possible...'
30 July 2009
24 Hours "Exotic Fish Dishes that don't Hurt Stocks"
'The Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program is educating diners and restaurant staff alike, according to a prominent Vancouver seafood chef...'
25 June 2009
National Post "Seafood for Thought - Sealife meets seafood at the Toronto Zoo"
'Like any zoo experience worth its salt, this event mixed fun with learning, as Seafood for Thought also served to bring awareness to the problems of fishing done wrong and one particular organisation - Ocean Wise - which is working to encourage fishing done right...'
27 April 2009
UrbanDiner "Sustainable Sushi"
'When we think of food and sustainability, it's easier to be conscious of what visiby surrounds us on land than beneath the ocean's waves...'
8 April 2009
Taste T.O. "Wise Up - A New Way to Choose Sustainable Fish"
'The fishe we love to eat the most are the ones that are most at risk, and restaurants play an important role in teaching and enouraging customers about choosing sustainable options...'
17 February 2009
24 Hours "Restaurants wise up"
'Plans to save our ocean's fish continue on one dinner plate at a time...'
16 February 2009
'The Vancouver Aquarium is so committed to serving sustainable seafood, even its fish eat the highest quality sashimi-grade spot prawns money can buy.'
4 November 2008
Metro "Chowder Competition Heats Up"
'The fishy smells at the Vancouver Aquarium yesterday were unusually delicious.'
28 August 2008
Bowen Island Undercurrent "Eating Ethically Involves Self-education, Imagination"
'On Bowen the Ruddy Potato is making efforts to adopt sound seafood buying practices. Buyer Tim Frazer says that the store now features 70 per cent seafood approved by Ocean Wise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program that aims to help consumers make environmentally sound seafood choices.'
24 May 2008
Vancouver Sun "Sea Change - Wise Choices, Healthy Oceans "
`The tastiest seafood is increasingly local and sustainable.'
Shared Vision "Fishing In Troubled Waters"
`A founding member of Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program, Blue Water's seafood is sustainably harvested, and, wherever possible, wild - which requires some research. "Whenever a new product becomes available, we check with the Aquarium to see what they think of it." ’
2 March 2008
Kelowna Capital News "Ocean Wise "
`Another Kelowna business has joined the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise program, which was created to help restaurants, seafood sellers and their customers make environmentally-friendly seafood choices'
21 February 2008
Green Living Online "Get Ocean Wise with your fish"
`Scientists have been warning us for years that fish stocks are depleted and shortages are ahead if something doesn't change. Vancouver's Ocean Wise program is helping locals choose sustainable options ’
9 January 2008
Metro "Ocean Wise Promotes Eating Smart"
` A seafood buffet might seem like an odd thing for the Vancouver Aquarium to offer its guests at the anniversary celebration of one of its programs’
9 January 2008
Five Star Alliance "Spotlight on: Eco-Friendly Kitchens at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts"
`In British Columbia, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and The Fairmont Empress were the first hotels to join the Ocean Wise program run by the Vancouver Aquarium which promotes the use of sustainable seafood’
6 December 2007
Vancouver Sun "Vancouver Restaurateur Greens up his Business"
`His C Restaurant was a founding partner in the Ocean Wise program that promotes the protection of ocean species and habitats’
16 November 2007
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts "How Green is Thy Kitchen?"
`Fairmont experts find creative solutions for sustainable operations’
2 October 2007
Parksville Qualicum News “Getting Wise about their Ocean Menu”
‘Almost everywhere you look these days, the news is the same. Fish stocks are crashing, another species is at risk’
Air New Zealand In-flight Magazine “Northern Exposure”
‘Even the aquarium is part of Vancouver’s culinary rebirth: they pioneered the Ocean Wise conservation program’
EAT Magazine “Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Program Announces 10 New Participants”
‘The Vancouver Aquarium has announced 10 new participants on Vancouver Island to its Ocean Wise program’
5 September 2007
Canadian Tourism Commission “Serving up Sustainable Seafood at Delta Hotels”
‘In an area well known for its bountiful and fresh seafood, Delta's hotels in British Columbia are pleased to announce their recent partnership with Ocean Wise’
29 August 2007
The National Post “Remember the Cute Sea Creatures while You Eat the Ugly Ones”
‘Ocean Wise restaurants offer sustainable seafood’
Gremolata 141 “Chef Michael Weaver is Ocean Wise”
'Unwise' products still make it to the table, but that's all on the road to change, thanks to a new program called Ocean Wise, developed by the Vancouver Aquarium’
10 August 2007
Victoria News “Eateries Earn Environmental Seal of Approval”
‘Seven Victoria restaurants have joined a new environmentally-charged program’
3 August 2007
Peninsula News Review “Red Fish Blue Fish Shop Presents Green Seafood”
‘While playful in name, the fish-and-chips shop is serious when it comes to using local, sustainable seafood’
EAT Magazine “Seafood Tonight?”
‘Ocean Wise comes to the Island’
26 July 2007
Georgia Straight “Guide Helps You Stop Biting Into At-risk Fish”
‘The Vancouver Aquarium conservation program has persuaded dozens of BC restaurants to identify “ocean- friendly” dishes that use sustainable seafood’
8 July 2007
Urban Diner “Sustainable Whaa?”
`Where can I go for sustainable sushi?” One of the top questions for Ocean Wise involves the quest for an ocean-friendly salmon roll’
Vancouver Magazine “C Restaurant”
‘Sensational seafood, sustainably sourced’
28 June 2007
Kelowna Daily Courier “Be Ocean Wise about Meal Choices”
‘Vancouver Aquarium program encourages restaurants to serve fish that is harvested responsibly’
18 June 2007
CBC News “Endangered Fish Stocks Spur Canadian Chefs to Change Menus”
‘The depletion of fish stocks around the world has top chefs arming themselves with the tools needed to make informed decisions to assure a future with abundant ocean wildlife’
30 May 2007
Globe and Mail “Do You Know Where Your Fish is From?”
‘Take a close look at your next menu – chefs are increasingly taking an interest in replacing iffy species with sustainable alternatives’
25 May 2007
Times Colonist “Ocean Wise Program Puts Emphasis on Sustainable Seafood Fisheries”
‘An initiative by the Vancouver Aquarium to promote sustainable fisheries to the masses through the restaurant industry was launched in Victoria yesterday, with six Vancouver Island restaurants the first to take the bait’
SPIN News Magazine “Delicacies from the Deep”
‘Ocean Wise an initiative that began in 2005, encouraging restaurants to use sustainable seafood, and has recently been adopted by Ian Riddick, executive chef at Mantles Restaurant in the Delta Sun Peaks Resort’
Vancouver Magazine “Sea Smarts”
‘Ocean Wise program helps Vancouver diners make smart, sustainable choices’
29 March 2007
Globe and Mail “Food: Roast Sablefish”
‘It’s no surprising that the best seafood restaurant in Canada is in Vancouver. It is surprising that it took a gruff Easterner from the Gaspe to pull it off’
Vancouver Sun “Menus Made to Appeal to Aging Baby Boomers”
‘The Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program – which promotes sustainable seafood harvesting – discourages restaurants from offering threatened species like Chilean sea bass, orange roughy, shark and blue fin tuna’
4 January 2007
North Shore Outlook “Ocean Wise”
‘ British Columbia is known for its fresh, high quality seafood’
Canadian Living Magazine “Yum! Seafood For a Sustainable Planet with David Suzuki”
‘Advice and resources for making environmentally friendly seafood choices’
24 Hours “A Wise Approach to Ocean Resources”
‘It was a seafood smorgasbord at the Vancouver Aquarium yesterday, as the newest members of Ocean Wise flaunted both culinary talent and a commitment to sustainability’
5 November 2006
World Changing Canada “
Too Many Not Enough Fish in the Sea”
‘If you’re a lover of seafood and scuba diving like I am, the recent report on the projected impact of overfishing on worldwide fish populations probably has you shaking in your fins too’
Capers Community Markets “Sable Fish Presented by Chef Christian Veldon”
‘This podcast was recorded live at Capers Living Naturally Fair in Vancouver in October’
22 September 2006
Vancouver Courier “COPE calls for Sustainable Seafood”
`If COPE parks commissioner Spencer Herbert has his way, the fish and chips you buy at the beach next summer will be served with a side of environmental responsibility’
17 September 2006
Capers Community Markets “Capers Donates $40,000 to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Program”
‘Capers Community Markets, Canada’s leading natural and organic food markets, has donated $40,000 to Ocean Wise, the Vancouver Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program’
Food Service and Hospitality Magazine “Sea Change”
‘Are we loving our favourite fish to death’
SeaFood Business “Sustainability Programs are Gaining Ground”
‘Seafood buyers find that resource preservation and profitability go hand in hand’
Continental Airlines Magazine “Fisherman’s Friend”
`Partnering with Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise initiative and 30 other local restaurants, we are slowly Changing the way the industry works’
Yaletown Magazine “Toast to the Coast”
‘A wine celebration fundraiser’
2 February 2006
Capers Community Markets “Capers becomes First Retailer to Join Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program”
‘The Vancouver Aquarium is pleased to announce that Capers Community Markets, Canada’s leading natural and organic food markets, will be the first retailer to participate in “Ocean Wise”
19 October 2005
24 Hours “The Seafood You Won’t See”
‘Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but you better make sure it’s not Chilean sea bass’
Vancouver Magazine “Chefs Lead the way to Sustainable Fish”
‘Few many fish in the sea. Sustainable dining goes into the mainstream’
27 April 2005
Vancouver Sun “Restaurants serve Up the Right Recipe for Seafood Conservation”
‘Sixteen BC restaurants have joined a program to help conserve oceans and seafood under various threats’
27 April 2005
North Shore News “Ocean Wise arrives at the Salmon House”
‘Choosing sustainable seafood while dining out in the Lower Mainland just got easier’
1 April 2005
Pacific/Prairie Restaurant “C’s Ballet Service and Sustainable Seafood”
‘In addition to C, the Vancouver Aquarium’s own in-house catering department and café will be an Ocean Wise partner’
Shared Vision “What’s the Catch?”
‘Another net gain for sustainability is coming from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’
28 February 2005
CBC News “Program Promotes Sustainable Seafood”
‘A new program at the Vancouver Aquarium is helping BC restaurant make ethical and environmentally decisions about what to serve their customers’
2 February 2005
North Shore News “Wising Up on Seafood Conservation”
‘Sustainability could drive menu choices’
Download Adobe Reader 8.1.1
- Celebrated #YYC seafood restaurant Catch goes all in -- becomes 100% @ocean_wise. Congrats, team! http://t.co/a4RZFta3fs @catchcalgary — 21 hours 3 min ago
- Celebrated #YYC seafood restaurant Catch goes all in -- becomes 100% @ocean_wise. Congrats, team! http://t.co/a4RZFta3fs @catchcalgary — 1 day 9 hours ago
- Teddie Geach talks about #JellyInvasion and jellyfish tastings http://t.co/dh0ujJmY7M via @VancouverSun @crestaurant — 1 day 9 hours ago