Mystic Aquarium & Eating with the Ecosystem to Host ‘Underwater’ Social & Educational Experience on July 11

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and one of the nation’s leading aquariums, will host Eating with the Ecosystem, a Rhode Island-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a locally-sourced approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood, for an “underwater affair” in the main gallery on July 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as part of its popular Conservation in Action Series.
 
“New England provides a diversity of local seafood species, but despite the abundance of seafood produced in our local waters, we typically eat very few local species,” said Katie Cubina, Senior Vice President, Mission Programs.  “Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about the dozens of species of seafood we have readily available to us, and that they are just as delicious as our more recognizable favorites!”
 
Set in the  main gallery of the Aquarium, against a backdrop of thousands of unique and colorful fish, sharks, rays and jellies, guests will enjoy sustainable seafood appetizers and gourmet bites created by Ocean Blue Catering from the cookbook Simmering the Sea: Diversifying Cookery to Sustain Our Fisheries.  Guests will receive one complimentary cocktail, glass of wine, or beer.  A full cash bar will also be available.
 
A presentation from Kate Masury, Program Director of Eating with the Ecosystem and local fisherman, Shana Kuhse, will detail how embracing flexibility in seafood choices is the most fundamental component of a sound food system, and reveal the recent results of the Eat Like a Fish citizen science project.  The report produced first-of-its-kind data to help seafood eaters, sellers, and promoters plot a course for achieving greater symmetry between the wild creatures in New England’s ocean ecosystem and those found in its markets. 
 
Advanced tickets are available for purchase at $28 per person or $50 for two. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 860.572.5995 Ext 520 or visit MysticAquarium.org/events or click here.
 
Mystic Aquarium’s Conservation in Action series features guest speakers who share their experiences with and contributions to the conservation of our ocean planet.
 
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is counted amount the nation’s leading aquariums, offering exemplary care to a variety of species while also serving as the northeast’s premier marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center. Robust conservation and education programming along with unparalleled visitor experiences serve to strengthen personal connections to the animals and their environments. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet through conservation, education and research, and introduces approximately 800,000 guests annually to thousands of animals through structured interpretations, specially-curated exhibits and hands-on interactions. As a leading research organization, Mystic Aquarium employs a full staff or scientists engaged in projects focused on the conservation and sustainability of our ocean planet.
 
About Eating with the Ecosystem
Eating with the Ecosystem is a small nonprofit with a unique mission: to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England's wild seafood. Eating with the Ecosystem is committed to pioneering a unique solution to the challenges of sustaining wild-caught fisheries. It envisions a local seafood marketing system that mirrors ecosystem dynamics, supports and engages community-based fishermen, and creates system resilience through positive feedback loops between the people who eat seafood and the ecosystems that produce it. By introducing new mental models for food system planning and new avenues for consumer engagement, it works to replace a piecemeal and reductionist view of sustainability with a systems-based, place-bound template for sustainability that serves the long-term benefit of the New England region’s people and ecosystems.

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