The National Aquarium is pleased to announce the appointment of Tj Tate as director of the National Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program, which was established earlier this year. The program will strive to place the Chesapeake Bay community at the forefront of a national movement to protect the quality of local waters, support sustainable seafood production, reduce dependence on imported seafood and enjoy increased health benefits.
Tate will be responsible for the development of enhanced education programs to help people better understand their seafood options, and will work to expand those choices through partnerships that link local fishermen to local markets, improve opportunities for restaurants to serve local seafood and explore enhancement opportunities associated with sustainable local aquaculture.
"I am honored to be joining the National Aquarium with the goals of not only promoting sustainable seafood, but creating actionable changes for future generations of seafood consumers,” Tate said. “We must work from a local, sustainable and balanced approach that encompasses all aspects of the supply chain from the watermen to the chef and the grower to the consumer. Together, we can protect, preserve and enjoy the amazing resources that create this dynamic ecosystem."
Tate comes to National Aquarium from St. Augustine, FL where she served as the Director of Sustainability for Gulf Wild, a nonprofit organization and program of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance whose mission is to engage and empower the branding of seafood sustainability and fishery conservation in the Gulf of Mexico by inspiring positive change from the fishermen to the end consumer.
“Tj is an accomplished marine biologist and conservation communicator, nationally known for successful development and leadership of Gulf Wild,” said Eric Schwaab, Chief Conservation Officer of National Aquarium “As we launch our new sustainable seafood program, we are excited to have Tj join our team as the program director.”
National Aquarium established the sustainable seafood program earlier this year with a gift from the J.S. Plank and D.M. DiCarlo Family Foundation and the urban development company, War Horse LLC.
“We know that informed, local, sustainable fish and shellfish buying decisions will help people to understand their role in healthy local communities and healthy local waters. We are confident that Tj is the person who can help build those connections across the region,” said Scott Plank of the Foundation and principal of War Horse.