WINNIPEG — Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries today announced it has received Chain of Custody certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to serve certified sustainable products at the Casinos of Winnipeg. The Casinos of Winnipeg operate five restaurants and an entertainment centre, and serve 9,000 meals a week. Guests at Club Regent Casino and McPhillips Station Casino can now order certified sustainable, Manitoba-harvested pickerel (walleye) bearing the blue MSC label.
The pickerel is sourced from Waterhen Lake Fisheries, the first Canadian freshwater fishery to achieve MSC certification (in 2014) and only the fourth in the world. The fishery is operated by the Lake Waterhen Fishermen’s Association with continued support from the Skownan First Nation.
“The Casinos of Winnipeg are demonstrating early support for a vital growth area in our province’s commercial fishery — that of an eco-certified catch,” said the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection. “Waterhen Lake is truly world-class in its eco-certification. Casino of Winnipeg guests are not only being served some of the best pickerel in the world, but they are ordering it in confidence that they are supporting healthy lakes and healthy communities.”