Our Program

The South Carolina Aquarium Good Catch generates awareness and leads communities in support of healthy fisheries and consumption of responsibly harvested seafood.

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Sustainability Starts
with You

A ‘Good Catch’ is sustainable, one that is caught or farmed with consideration for the long-term viability of their species and for the ocean’s ecological balance as a whole. You can make a Good Catch by choosing seafood from local, sustainably managed fisheries and dining at restaurants that do the same. Together we will make a difference, one restaurant, one business, one school, one family, and one individual at a time.

Ask Before You Order

As a consumer, your voice will save our oceans – get on board! Whether you’re at your local grocery store, fish market or favorite restaurant,#PledgeToAsk your server or grocer where your seafood came from and how it was harvested.  Supporting local and domestic fisheries is the best choice because the United States has some of the strictest fishing regulations in the world. Join us – make the pledge to Ask Before You Order by visiting askbeforeyouorder.org.

Be our Guest at the
Good Catch Dinner Series

Our partners have committed to serve sustainable seafood whenever possible and promise to never offer Chilean sea bass, orange roughy and imported shark on their menu. These three fish are considered extremely vulnerable species in most parts of the world where they are found; therefore are seafood items we do not support through Good Catch.

Look for our Platinum and Gold partners as they go above and beyond our basic guidelines. Each seafood item on their menu is individually assessed to ensure it’s a sustainable option, strengthening the trust you have ordering seafood options on their menu.

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Meet our Good Catch Expert

Shelley Dearhart
Masters in Science in Environmental studies (May 2014)

Shelley joined the Aquarium team nine years ago and transitioned to the Good Catch Coordinator in 2013. Shelley works with South Carolina chefs, schools, seafood purveyors and consumers to make sure they make seafood choices to support healthy oceans.  She assesses restaurant menus, trains restaurant staff, hosts a monthly dinner series, and works with community members, highlighting the importance of Good Catch efforts. Shelley believes we have the power to protect ocean life by choosing to eat seafood that is harvested responsibly. She is a certified interpretive guide through the National Association of Interpretation.

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Dine with one of our Good Catch Partners.