Advancing watershed and ocean conservationSeafood Smart Program
Home to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the National Aquarium sits on the waterfront of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – one of the city’s best attractions for both tourists and lifetime residents. As a dedicated partner of the Aquarium, we understood the need to expand the conversation from marine life education to long-term health of the ocean.
In 2015, we provided critical seed funding to launch the Seafood Smart Program and led the effort to appoint the Aquarium’s first director of Seafood Sustainability, TJ Tate.
The Seafood Smart Program provides comprehensive education to empower stakeholders in each level of the supply chain. From watermen, food distributors, chefs, to consumers, the program promotes sustainable seafood solutions through responsibly farmed and sourced seafood and shellfish.
In 2018, Seafood Smart will partner with 5 Wegmans Food Markets to establish an in-store pilot training program for employees in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The curriculum will give employees tools to promote healthier and more sustainable shopping options to patrons. Ultimately, the results of the in-store pilot will inform the creation of a national curriculum for retailers, foodservice providers, aquaria, chefs, educators, and influencers across the nation.