Seafood Expo salutes World Oceans Day

World Oceans day is a timely opportunity for us to be thankful for the bounty from our seas

By SeawestNews

World Oceans Day on June 8 is a timely opportunity for us to be thankful for the bounty from our seas says America’s top seafood nutritionist.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the oceans for all of its life saving gifts to us,” said Linda Cornish (pictured), president of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership.

Cornish will be a keynote speaker at this year’s edition of the BC Seafood Expo, one of the largest seafood industry trade events in the Pacific Northwest.

The other keynote speaker at the event is Calvin Helin, a First Nations entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author.

“When we look at the overall food system, seafood is being recognized as a sustainable protein option for the future since it uses less added water, has a low impact on greenhouse gases, and is efficient in land and water use,” said Cornish.

“Sustainable seafood has made a lot of progress where 80-90% of retail and foodservice establishments in the US have a sustainable seafood policy in place. There’s still more work to do…and we need to support these retailers by shopping and eating with them.

“What we eat matters for our health and the health of the planet,” she said.

The Seafood Expo is held in conjunction with the annual BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival.

This year, is the 12th annual edition of the festival and it will feature an array of events from June 8 to June 17, 2018 in the Comox Valley.

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership is an organization focused on inspiring a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.

Cornish was instrumental in the formation of the organization and led the launch of a three-year public health campaign in October 2015 during National Seafood Month to help Americans find a path to wellness through healthy eating and seafood nutrition.

Eating seafood twice a week contributes to a healthier diet and can play an important role in improving the health of Canadians of all ages. That’s why public health officials, such as the Health Canada, recommend eating seafood twice a week as part of a healthy diet.

Farmed and wild fish offer the same health benefits, so you can feel good about choosing either. Farmed seafood has the additional benefit of being available fresh, year-round.



BC Seafood Expo and Festival to showcase over 40 local, national and international chefs


About the BC Seafood Expo

The Expo features over 50 Trade Show exhibitors, leading speakers in their fields and provides a venue to network with industry leaders, international buyers, distributors, and educators for every type of fish, seafood, and seafood related products and services.  (

The  2018 keynote speakers  include; entrepreneur, lawyer and best-selling author, Calvin Helin and president of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Linda Cornish. Attendees can indulge in the two networking lunches as well as the International Buyers Reception, which features top domestic chefs, the best of BC seafood, and a delegation of 30+ international seafood buyers, all taking place within the Expo trade show area.


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