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Chef behind sustainable seafood movement honoured

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You can see the round fish symbol in most restaurants and supermarkets around the Lower Mainland.

Vancouver’s Ocean Wise program is changing the way we eat seafood.

Local chef Robert Clark helped start the sustainable seafood movement in 2004.

Clark says he feels a huge source of pride at how the program has grown to more than 2,700 locations across Canada.

“In a few short years, has gone from a radical, troublemaking, loud mouth, intolerable chef, asking too many questions. Now, it’s gone to an accepted realization that this is part of who we need to be and people are getting on board,” says Clark.

Clark was honoured this week with the Vancouver Aquarium‘s annual award for conservation excellence.

“You don’t need to live near the ocean to affect the ocean. Everything we do, when you drive your car, it affects the ocean. It increases the acidification, which is probably one of the biggest problems the oceans are facing today. We all need to be conscious of the health of the oceans, we came from the oceans,” adds Clark.