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Sustainable Seafood Initiative

Overfishing and environmentally destructive fishing are affecting our ocean ecosystem and our livelihood. The South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program is designed to promote the use of local and sustainable seafood, the program helps ensure that consumers have fish for the future. Shelley Dearhart, the program coordinator, works with partner chefs, teaching them about sustainable and local seafood, assessing their menus, and encouraging consumers to dine at one of our more than 90 partner restaurants. We believe that we can lessen the impact we have on the oceans by making wise seafood choices and encouraging improvement of fishing and fish-farming methods.

    • Experience a Sustainable Seafood Dinner first-hand and find out how the Aquarium is working with Chefs and consumers to protect our oceans
    • Interview our Sustainable Seafood Coordinator about why it is important to protect fish species at risk in the South East and what consumers can do to lessen the impact on our oceans
    • How consumers can make wise seafood choices and why it is important to make those choices

Do you have a seafood question? Do you want to talk to our Sustainable Seafood Coordinator? Let us help! Contact our public relations department at


Sea Turtle Rescue Program

All seven species of sea turtles are either threatened or endangered; the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program is working to help the sea turtle population rebuild. The Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital admits sick and injured sea turtles with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating the turtles and releasing them back into the wild. When an unhealthy sea turtle is found along the coast, it is brought to our Turtle Hospital by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources where animal care staff can begin to monitor and treat the animal in our state-of-the-art facility. To date, more than 125 sea turtles have been rescued, rehabilitated, and released by the Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

    • Visit the state’s only Sea Turtle Hospital and learn first-hand about the care the turtles receive
    • Interview our Sea Turtle Rescue Program manager or a turtle biologist on the importance of protecting these endangered and threatened animals
    • Attend a public beach release where we return rehabilitated turtles back into the wild
    • Play “turtle nurse” for a day and experience how we care for sea turtles
    • Sit-in on procedures performed on sea turtles such as laser therapy, physical therapy, and other procedures that are part of their rehabilitative care

Do you have a sea turtle question? Do you want to talk visit our Sea Turtle Rescue Program? Let us help! Contact our public relations department at


Dirty Jobs—Behind-the-Scenes

Taking care of more than 10,000 plants and animals isn’t an easy job, or a clean one! Join Aquarium staff members to see what it is like to work at the Aquarium. From helping prepare seafood for our animals, to cleaning out exhibits, come get hands-on and a little dirty with our cool critters!

    • Help Clean our tanks, feed our animals, get hands-on with animal care, go offshore collecting for fish species, and much more!

Do you have a Dirty Jobs question? Do you want to get hands-on with our animals and exhibits? Let us help! Contact our public relations department at


Collecting Trips

Join the South Carolina Aquarium on a trip you’re sure to remember. Set off across the harbor with the Aquarium team as we collect for different species, including sharks!

    • Join members of the Aquarium’s animal care team as they collect for a variety of species, including sharks, for Aquarium exhibits.
    • See the different collecting grounds the Aquarium utilizes, from in-shore spots to those several miles off-shore, and the species that live within those areas.
    • Learn more about sustainable fishing and why overfishing hurts more than just fish.
    • Get dirty and have fun while aboard ‘on the clock,’ our collecting vessel as you help the crew bait hooks and cast lines.
    • Discover more about the Aquarium’s quarantine process and why it’s critically important before an animal goes on exhibit.
    • Collecting trips typically happen between May and October and we’d love for you to join us. For more information, please contact our press office.

Do you have a question about collecting trips? Are you interested in learning more about how we build an exhibit? Contact our public relations department at