Sip and Slurp event a boost for fish stocks

While throwing a party may seem an odd way to turn the tide on overfished or depleted seafood and fish stocks...

While throwing a party may seem an odd way to turn the tide on overfished or depleted seafood and fish stocks, that is what one local store is doing.

1 Fish 2 Fish Seafood Market is celebrating Ocean Wise month with their second annual Sip and Slurp event on Nov. 17.

Protecting and sustaining seafood and fish stocks has always been a top priority for Heather Jenkins and her staff at 1 Fish 2 Fish Seafood Market and the party is a way to raise awareness about the Ocean Wise conservation program.

And she feels the best way is to lead by example and show customers and guests how delicious and accessible sustainable seafood is in the Lower Mainland.

“In British Columbia, we are fortunate to live along a coast line that provides us with a fish and seafood bounty unlike many,” Jenkins said.

“With more than 400 known species of marine fish living in the ocean waters off our coast, enjoying the bounty can sometimes come with negative impacts like pollution and an altered ecosystem.”

To Jenkins, it is about sharing with the public that 1 Fish 2 Fish value where their products come from and how they arrive in the market.

“Ultimately we want our guests to have a great time, but to leave more knowledgeable about how the seafood they purchase impacts our oceans and rivers.”

The Sip and Slurp event will be Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will be hosted at 1 Fish 2 Fish (20534 Fraser Highway).

Tickets are $30. To reserve, call 604-532-5226 or visit www.1fish2fish.ca.

Ocean Wise-inspired hors d’oeuvres will be served along with wine pairings from Township 7.