If there’s something we always want to be associated with when it comes to our products, it’s that we only source the highest quality of fresh fish and seafood. But what does that mean exactly?
It means knowledge, experience, working with the right producers, and a commitment to keeping things local wherever possible.
It also means ensuring that sustainability is a core part of everything we do. Which is something we’re going to look at today, with the lowdown on how plastic consumption affects our oceans.
The Problem With Microplastics and Single Use Plastics
When it comes to sourcing our fresh fish and seafood, we are committed to sustainability and to an ethical practice that helps preserve the ecosystem so that future generations may enjoy it.
However, there are also a wide range of environmental and societal factors that can impact the fishing industry, and in this post we’re going to focus on the problem of microplastics and single use plastics.
Single use plastics are a contentious issue—but they are certainly something that has become a larger problem for our oceans, and especially the impact they have on marine life.
Single use plastics directly contribute to the levels of microplastics: tiny pieces of plastics that come from the breakdown of larger debris. These pieces in the ocean are small enough to be ingested by marine life, but because of the long and slow nature of the degradation, we are still only beginning to understand the impact they can have, and as a result the long term impact of allowing such large quantities of plastics to end up in our oceans.
Cleaning the Coast
What we do know is that plastics will absorb harmful chemicals and toxins, which are then ingested alongside the potentially harmful microplastics by marine life from across the food chain, with potentially harmful and detrimental results.
This is an especially pressing problem for coastal regions like BC, which has had over 127 tonnes of plastic already removed from our waters as a part of the Clean Coast, Clean Waters initiative.
This issue is one that will be at the front of the agenda for many municipalities in the province, with new rules coming into place that have given local authorities the flexibility to ban single use plastics at a local level. And now over 20 municipalities are developing bylaws that would ban the use of single use plastics, on top of the preexisting bans in Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet, and Victoria.
Looking forward, there will be a concerted effort from both business and local government organizations within BC to drastically reduce the negative environmental impact and reliance on plastic use, especially when it comes to protecting the waters that are so vital for the region.
Preserving our marine ecosystems isn’t just vital for the health of our planet—it’s essential for the people whose livelihoods depend on bringing us the very best fish and seafood for us to enjoy at home and in restaurants.