The Sensible Seafood™ Program promotes ocean-friendly seafood. Sensible seafood comes from local and sustainable sources that are not over-fished or harvested in environmentally destructive ways. Our Sensible Seafood™ pocket guide helps consumers make sustainable seafood choices while our growing list of partner restaurants and seafood businesses strive to offer sensible seafood options. Working together we can ensure that today's sensible choices will be available on tomorrow's seafood menus.
What is Sensible Seafood™?
Seafood is delicious, healthy and fast disappearing from our oceans. America's insatiable appetite for a limited number of menu items like cod, salmon, tuna, and shrimp has contributed to the decimation of these fisheries, damaged marine habitats, and fueled destructive seafood farming practices in foreign countries. With an estimated 90 % of the world's big fish gone from this planet and 70% of the world's fisheries stretched to their limits, it is time to make more sensible seafood choices. Find out more.
1st Annual Sensible Seafood Art Contest presented by Whole Foods Market
The Aquarium’s Sensible Seafood Program has teamed up with Whole Foods Market to promote sustainable seafood and healthy oceans to new audiences. Together, we’re introducing the 2014 Sensible Seafood Art Contest, open to all students in grades kindergarten through grade 12. Students are invited to create an original piece of art in literature, photography, or visual art to reflect their vision of a healthy ocean.
Winners in each category will be awarded at the 1st Annual Sensible Seafood Family Fest presented by Whole Foods Market on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and will remain on display at the Aquarium for the month of May. See the guidelines and application for more information!
Ways to Help
- Buy Local
- Carry a Sensible Seafood™ Pocket Guide
- Support Our Sensible Seafood™ Partners
- Learn More to Make a Difference
- Contact Us
It may be surprising to learn that 90% of seafood presently consumed in the United States is imported, half of which is farmed in countries that have far fewer environmental regulations than ours. U.S. fishermen, however, provide some of the safest and environmentally friendly seafood in the world. Choosing locally caught or Virginia-raised seafood not only ensures freshness, but supports our economy. Oysters, clams, croaker, mackerel, striped bass, summer flounder, wild-caught shrimp, and in-season blue crab are some of Virginia's best seafood choices. Find out more.
Carry a Sensible Seafood™ Pocket Guide
Our Sensible Seafood™ Pocket Guide helps consumers to make ocean-friendly seafood choices. For example, local oysters and striped bass are listed as "Best Choices," while Chilean seabass and orange roughy are dishes to "Avoid." Use the guide when making choices in stores or when dining out. Get the Guide.
Support Our Sensible Seafood™ Partners
Another way to make ocean-friendly choices is to support our Sensible Seafood™ restaurant and business partners. These partners agree to promote seafood listed as either a "Best Choice" or "Good Alternative" on our Sensible Seafood™ Pocket Guide [link to Pocket Guide page] with a focus on local products. Partners also provide information on Sensible Seafood™ to their staff and patrons. The Sensible Seafood™ Program has been endorsed by the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association. Check out our Partner List.
Enjoy Our Annual Sensible Seafood™ Fest
The aquarium invites friends and foodies to this annual festival in May to sample foods from Sensible Seafood™ restaurant partners, attend cooking demonstrations by award-winning chefs, and learn about regional efforts focused on restoration, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Attend the Fest.
Learn More to Make a Difference
Find out more about Sensible Seafood™, sustainable fisheries, and the future of our oceans. Check out our tips for recreational and sports fisheries. Find out more.
Find out more about the Sensible Seafood™ Program by contacting us.