Fresh. Healthy. Local. Affordable.
We all know that fish is a healthy food choice that provides natural sources of protein and essential nutrients, vitamins (B complex and D) and minerals (calcium, iron, zinc). The Canada Food Guide recommends eating at least two servings of fish or seafood per week, while the Dietary Guidelines for seafood in place of some meat and poultry. USDA’s MyPlate suggests seafood that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including trout.
Fish farming is the world’s fastest growing food sector and accounts for about half of the fish eaten globally every year. That number is rising. In order to meet the ever growing demand for high quality seafood, we need a balanced approach that puts fresh, affordable and healthy food on the table. Aquaculture can help feed a growing population, but only if we take a fact-based, consistent, and long-term approach – one that enhances our existing food supplies while encouraging and embracing new ones.
Consumers deserve access, affordability, and choice. Seafood is a healthy alternative to traditional meat, being high in protein and heart-healthy omega-3s. As the world grows more health-conscious, so grows the demand for natural, environmentally friendly alternatives. That’s where aquaculture provides consumers a great service.
Our commitment to you – our responsibility – is to lead by example. That’s why we take every precaution to ensure that our waters are clean, that our fish are healthy, and that our practices are responsible.
No exceptions. No excuses.
That commitment requires continuous improvement. Over the past decades we have improved the technologies we use, improved our management structures, and improved feed formulations – all within one of the world’s strictest regulatory frameworks, ensuring that we provide the quality our consumers expect and deserve.
And with our fish raising practices, we don’t simply meet industry standards. We are committed to exceeding the highest possible standards.
Our farmers have been following best management practices since 2006. Most are now either third-party certified or working towards certification, under the Canada Organic Trout Standard or Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP).
If we truly want a better future, then we must continue our commitment to sustainable, responsible aquaculture. That means we must continually find new ways to be more efficient, effective, and accountable. That means a fact-based, consistent, long-term regulatory approach that enhances and protects our existing food supplies while encouraging and embracing new ones.
We all care about protecting and respecting our beautiful Great Lakes, as well as enjoying our abundant natural resources. Aquaculture keeps your food source local, healthy, and sustainable, while improving local economies and providing jobs in our communities.