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Serve & Protect

Seafood Recipes

Serve & Protect


Featured Species:

We've selected eleven species to highlight. Look for Serve & Protect information near exhibits on your next Aquarium visit, including cell phone audio tour stops recorded by Chef's Alton Brown, Virginia Willis and Susan Spicer. Click on each of these species to learn more about their habitats and status in the wild. You’ll also discover why these choices make healthy menu options.

Brown Shrimp | Red Swamp Crayfish 
Arctic Char | Summer Flounder | Squid | Clams
Channel Catfish | Rainbow Trout | Yellowtail Snapper 
Oysters | American Lobster

The Tennessee Aquarium’s Serve & Protect program was founded in partnership with famed foodist Alton Brown. This long-term sustainable seafood initiative is meant to be a fun-filled campaign that helps inland residents make better seafood decisions by providing an easy to understand foundation to build upon. 

Famed foodist Alton Brown and chef's Virginia Will and Susan Spicer have developed some savory seafood recipes specifically for the Aquarium’s “Serve & Protect” program. We’ll update this page with more recipes, which will give you plenty of tasty and sustainable options. So keep checking back!



Also enjoy recipes by local Chattanooga chefs for
Arctic Char, summer Flounder, clams and squid.


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.