The Florida Aquarium is dedicated to the education of our community on the importance of sustainable seafood choices and responsible fishing practices. For many years it was believed that our oceans had enough resources to replenish the fish we took and to filter out the toxins we allowed to enter through waste, water run-off and irresponsible dumping practices.
The truth of the matter is we are quickly depleting our main fisheries and many estimates say the world could lose wild seafood as a food source in the next 40 years if left unchecked.
Fortunately we can all do something about it right now! Both individuals and industries can become better educated and make more responsible decisions when it comes to the seafood we choose to eat and the manner in which we allow them to be fished.
The choices we make as consumers will help dictate the decisions made by large-scale fishing industries. Through responsible fishing practices we can ensure that this highly nutritious and important global resource remains for generations to come.
The Florida Aquarium continues its role as educator and steward of our marine ecosystems with endeavors to promote healthy oceans, sustainable seafood and responsible fishing practices. All of these elements play a pivotal role in the future of Florida's tourism, commercial and recreational fishing industries. With informed communities working towards protecting these fragile systems we can ensure they have a long and healthy life.
The Florida Aquarium's Seafood Now program invites all restaurants with seafood on their menu to learn more about the best choices when it comes to serving seafood. The program provides useful and applicable information on making smart business decisions. While making a positive impact on our fisheries is an integral aspect of the program, giving restaurants the best tools for responsible business decisions is equally important. Our Restaurant Pledge form will be available for download soon.
Join us for exciting Seafood Now Events celebrating sustainable seafood:
- World Oceans Day & Sustainable Seafood Week - June 8th - 15th
- Seafood Now Sustainable Seafood Festival and Market - June 15th
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The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment.