From shimmering silversides to awe-inspiring sharks, aquatic animals need healthy oceans. People worldwide rely on oceans as well, for both a source of protein and a livelihood. That’s why Shedd is committed to supporting sustainable fisheries—to protect the wild counterparts of the animals in our care and ensure future generations of humans have access to healthy, abundant seafood.
We act at many levels
Using the findings of our field researchers in the Caribbean and Bahamas, Shedd can advance strong, science-based recommendations for fisheries management and sustainability efforts. That includes working with our conservation partners to establish management approaches that will help depleted fish populations recover.
Closer to home, we've been featuring sustainable seafood on our menu for as long as we've had a food service, and we've built a strong base of restaurant partners doing the same. Taking advantage of cooking demonstrations on site and recipes posted on line, our members and guests have become our best advocates for sustainable seafood choices.
Make a healthy choice for animals
Choosing sustainable and responsibly sourced seafood is one of the most direct actions you can take to help the same aquatic species that bring you to Shedd and to protect the health of our oceans and lakes. Each of us can be a culinary conservationist by supporting healthy oceans and abundant marine life through what we choose to put on our plates.
What steps can you take?
- Purchase sustainable seafood recommended by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch site..
- Visit Shedd’s restaurant partners to enjoy a tasty, sustainable meal.
- Mix it up! More than half of the seafood Americans eat is shrimp, salmon, or tuna. Eating a variety of seafood helps relieve the pressure on popular fish populations.
Shedd and Peapod
For every seafood purchase from Peapod's Sustainable Seafood shelf, Peapod will donate 25¢ per fresh or frozen item and 5¢ per canned item to Shedd Aquarium. Thanks to your generous support Peapod has donated over $104,000 to Shedd’s conservation programs since July 2008!
Partner with Shedd
If you’re a restaurant or business looking to create or improve your sustainable seafood commitment, we’re excited to partner with you. We have resources to help you understand key seafood definitions and myths as well as seafood sourcing consultation, staff trainings and event collaboration for businesses looking for a deeper level of engagement.
Have questions? Contact us at [email protected].