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Photo by Chris Corpus, Aquarium of the Pacific Bangs Island Mussels barge goes to work.

Choosing and supporting policies and practices that promote responsible seafood can have significant environmental and health benefits, but for many, finding and navigating through the sometimes conflicting information can be challenging.

Overfishing and other harmful fishing practices, escapes and diseases from farmed seafood, and poor regulation of some seafood sources are just some of the many concerns that consumers face when choosing seafood.

All of these issues are important, but do they tell the whole story of seafood and the sustainable choices that are available? The public is invited to find out more through a new online series from the Aquarium of the Pacific that will debut in October, which is National Seafood Month.

The Aquarium’s Seafood for the Future (SFF) program will host this special virtual panel series to explore sustainable seafood.

The series will feature scientists and experts who will discuss the big picture of sustainable seafood and its role in and relationship with climate change, nutrition, livelihoods, policy, society, and more. Panelists will also explore responsible seafood farming, or marine aquaculture, as a tool to sustainably expand our seafood supply.

Speakers featured in this series include experts from The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Naval Academy, and several universities and seafood companies.
The series episodes will be released on dates in October and November. SFF will host a live

Q&A session at the end of the series. For the full list of speakers, visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/exploring_sustainable_seafood/
It will be held October 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29, November 3, 5, 10, 12 & 17, 2020, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

There is no cost to attend. For more information, call (562) 590-3100.
The Honda Marine Science Foundation is an initiative to help restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience.

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions.
The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 12,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include Shark Lagoon, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Lorikeet Forest, and the Molina Animal Care Center.

Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, including lectures by leading scientists, through its Online Academy. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. Convenient parking is available for $8 with Aquarium validation.