The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to educate visitors about the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems.
Through the use of a wallet-sized card, visitors are able to determine which seafood choices are the best, which choices require caution, and which choices should be avoided.
Visitors are encouraged to make the best choices--those that are well managed or are caught and farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website for the Northeast Guide. www.montereybayaquarium.org.
At the Zoo, the Water's Edge exhibit contains the Sound Seafood building, which is set up as a seafood counter where visitors can view directly the differences between a good choices and poor ones regarding the health of the fish populations, the overall health of the ocean, and also which seafoods are unhealthy for human consumption. When Zoo visitors go to actual seafood markets or restaurants that serve seafood dishes, they can bring the Seafood Watch card with them to make healthy choices, for the fish populations and for themselves.
In addition, the Zoo partners with local restaurants and seafood retailers to get them to offer alternatives to seafood that is being overfished, or is dangerous for human consumption. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch Program to put on training sessions at the Zoo for local restauranteurs, including the Zoo's own food service company. Current local restaurant partners include Six Penn Kitchen in the Theater District and The Original Fish Market next to the Convention Center.