Fish, Fish Everywhere

Sensibly selecting seafood assures tomorrow’s waters still brim

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karen-burns-va-aquariumDeep Sea Dialogue
The Educator: Karen Burns

“I am an education specialist for Bay & Ocean Literacy and the Sensible Seafood Program manager at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. My primary responsibilities are creating and implementing programs for the public.

“As the Sensible Seafood Program manager I work with my team in building relationships, creating materials and crafting events that entice people to learn more about sustainable seafood. We have a Sensible Seafood Advisory Panel as well, and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program helps identify sensible seafood choices in Virginia.

“Seafood is fast finding its rightful place, front and center, at dinner tables across the country. When we look at the history of food in North America, going back to the First Americans, seafood has always been a mainstay. Seafood has generally been an abundant, easily accessed resource.

“What’s disturbing is the dominance on our plates of just a handful of species and the knowledge that many species are in decline. It’s critical for people to really begin to acknowledge that their actions and choices make a real impact on the future of our ocean.
“Consumers, restaurants and seafood businesses can work together to ensure that today’s sensible choices will be available on tomorrow’s seafood menus.”

Virginia Aquarium
717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach

Mark Your Calendars for Sensible Seafood
The fifth Sensible Seafood Fest at the Virginia Aquarium will take place May 22.
The event celebrates foods prepared with regionally-sourced, sustainable ingredients from around two dozen of the facility’s Sensible Seafood partner restaurants; a full list of partner restaurants is on the Aquarium’s website.
There is lots of food to sample, and a people’s choice award.

The Virginia Aquarium
717 General Booth Blvd.,
Virginia Beach

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