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Penguins Rock Web Cam
The Penguins’ Rock cam is live, 24-7. So chill out for awhile and enjoy the waddling, diving, splashing and swimming at the Tennessee Aquarium.


Fish reading blog

Find all kinds of behind-the-scenes pictures and information about your favorite aquatic getaway located in the heart of downtown.

Take action

Take Action

What You Can Do


Our message is simple – buy seafood caught or raised in the U.S.  Buying American not only supports U.S. jobs, but we also believe our own regulations are an important way to ensure sustainable fishing practices in wild caught or farm raised fish. And since public demand is the driving force for restaurants and grocery stores that provide products, this is an easy way for YOU, the customer, to get involved. 


As you start sampling sustainable seafood, you may find that you want more information about the problems and solutions. Read a good book about seafood, like Four Fish by Paul Greenberg or The End of the Line by Charles Clover. Or visit Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for more details on different fisheries.


The best way to make good choices about seafood is to start conversations.  Don’t be afraid to ask your restaurant waitstaff where their fish comes from.  How was it harvested?  Where was it caught?  At the grocery store, don’t be afraid to try cooking a new species that we’ve featured.  Ask your grocer or market manager about fish they recommend and tips to prepare seafood dishes.


Now that you’ve learned all of this information, share it!  Continue the conversation about sustainable seafood with your friends and family.  In addition to talking about why the issue matters, encourage them to try new recipes you’ve found on our site.  You’ll be a culinary hero when you “Like” and share links to tasty recipes by Alton Brown and featured Chattanooga chefs. Or post your own sustainable seafood recipes and techniques on our Facebook page. If presentation is your specialty, we’d love to see your pictures as well.

Why It Matters To You

Our ocean makes life on land possible, providing most of our oxygen, governing weather and climate and providing food. A healthy ocean needs a richly diverse web of life. Unfortunately, human appetite for a few species of fish has upset the balance of nature. Learn how to make wise seafood choices that will benefit our ocean.

Take Action

We’re glad you’re passionate about helping improve the health of our oceans. Making wise seafood decisions is just the beginning. There are a number of ways you can act, and lead others, to protect life from our backyards to the saltwater world downstream.

Culinary Partners

Many of Chattanooga’s finest restaurants and caterers are participating in the Aquarium’s “Serve & Protect” program. Local chefs offer sustainable choices at their establishments and catering companies offer sustainable options for special events. The Aquarium’s culinary partners are ready to help patrons discover delectable menu options that help support a healthy ocean.

Seafood Recipes

Cook one of our savory seafood recipes specifically created for the Aquarium’s “Serve and Protect” program. New recipes are posted regularly so check back often.

2012 Serve and Protect Photos

The Tennessee Aquarium welcomed old friends and new to a delightful evening with famed foodist Alton Brown, who inspired all of us to try new sustainable seafood options. The event netted more than $115,000 to support the Aquarium’s mission critical work in education, conservation and community impact.

Special Gift Shop Items

Check out our gift shop items featuring cookbooks, a special seafood spice blend, a limited edition cast iron Serve & Protect skillet by Lodge Manufacturing and Serve & Protect coffee mugs.

Our Progress Report

Learn how the Tennessee Aquarium continues advancing the sustainable seafood conversation in Chattanooga through ongoing Serve & Protect programs.