TJ Tate

TJ TateAs director of seafood, I’m responsible for developing and implementing a consumer aquaculture campaign called Seafood Smart. I think, talk and research seafood 24 hours a day while I work with an amazing team to deliver the message of responsible aquaculture to chefs, retailers, food service providers, other aquaria and consumers nationwide. Outside of work, my number one priority is spending time with my daughter. Luckily, she loves all the same things that I do! I am a certified yoga instructor and we do a lot of yoga together. Travel is our other huge love—we live in an amazing world and love to explore, from the tiniest bug to the tallest mountain.


What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Something extraordinary that left a lasting impact.

What did you study in school?
I have attended too many schools to count, but if you want the bigger focus, it would be on Florida State (Go NOLES!) and University of San Diego.How did you get started in your field of work?
In my heart, it was when I was a kid spending summers in the Gulf of Mexico. But officially in 1998, again down in the Gulf of Mexico.

At the Aquarium

How long have you been at the Aquarium?
Since December 2014

I love what I do because …
It is a part of who I am

Most memorable moment at the Aquarium
Traveling to Malta to the SeaWeb Seafood Summit to stand on an international stage and represent the National Aquarium

Fun Facts

Hometown; Franklin, Kentucky

Favorite Animal: Australian shepard

Three things you never leave home without?

  • Burt’s Bees chapstick
  • Hair tie
  • Glasses

One lesson you wish you’d learned earlier in life?
Trust my gut instinct. It’s always right!

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