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Shark supporter? We’re proud to be one of the official sponsors of shark fin legislation—a movement that has spread to 12 states and territories, and around the world. Now THAT’S a reason to celebrate #SharkWeek! Help sharks by using our Seafood Watch guides(Photo: Michael Burns)

Shark supporter? We’re proud to be one of the official sponsors of shark fin legislation—a movement that has spread to 12 states and territories, and around the world. Now THAT’S a reason to celebrate #SharkWeek!

Help sharks by using our Seafood Watch guides

(Photo: Michael Burns)

Vote for our Top Chef Duels Competitor and Help Seafood Watch!

Chef Richard Blais – a Seafood Watch Celebrity Chef Ambassador and Cooking for Solutions participant – is competing on Top Chef Duels on the Bravo channel. As on American Idol, you can vote to support him – and help the Aquarium win $5,000 for our Seafood Watch program!

Here’s how it works:

Each week Top Chef Duels will feature two chefs competing head to head. During the on-air broadcast, fans are asked to vote for the chef who most deserves to win. You’ll be prompted to go to Bravotv.com/vote or to text in your vote using the chef’s name. The chef with the most votes each week will earn a $5,000 donation for their chosen charity.

Chef Richard Blais competes tonight (August 6) at 10 p.m. ET. Voting for Chef Richard will remain open until Wednesday August 13 at 4 p.m. ET. Votes submitted after that will not be counted.

You can watch him challenge competitor Marcel Vigneron to a burger throwdown – and learn why he’s directing his charity contribution to support the Aquarium.

How you can vote:

Vote for Chef Richard at bravotv.com/vote – or by texting “RICHARD” to 27286 (BRAVO). Vote early/vote often! If he’s the top vote-getter, the Aquarium earns $5,000 to support our work promoting ocean-friendly seafood, and healthy and productive oceans.

How else you can help:

Share the story socially! Bravo’s social handles (including @Bravotv on Twitter and “Bravo” on Facebook) have posted a video featuring Chef Richard rallying for votes to support the Aquarium. Get the word out to your friends and followers through your social channels – by re-posting this blog, sharing on Facebook and tweeting to your followers .

We have the best chef on our side. Now we need to help him win!

Cat lovers: use your buying power to support healthy oceans. For every purchase of specially marked Sheba Variety Packs from participating PetSmarts, Sheba will donate to the Aquarium. Learn more

Cat lovers: use your buying power to support healthy oceans. For every purchase of specially marked Sheba Variety Packs from participating PetSmarts, Sheba will donate to the Aquarium.

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Hacking for Healthy Oceans

For 36 hours over Father’s Day Weekend, the Aquarium hosted an unusual sleepover. Few of the participants got much rest.

We were one of five sites for a first-ever State Department-sponsored Fishackathon. The goal was to find technological solutions so fishermen in the developing world can make their catch more sustainable.

Teams of coders, designers and project managers created website solutions and apps for smartphones and cell phones - tools that small-scale fishermen can use in places like West Africa and the Philippines to document their catch and report illegal fishing.

Nearly 40 participants gathered on a Friday night in Monterey with laptops, sleeping bags - and novel ideas for creating tools that will be effective in parts of the world where internet access and high-tech equipment is limited. By Sunday morning, they had solutions to offer.

In addition to tackling two State Department problem statements, we also asked our hackers to help with a Seafood Watch challenge: How can information about how fish were caught travel through the supply chain from the boat where it’s landed to the market or restaurant where it’s finally sold?

The outcome? Incredible.

The results were beyond our wildest expectations.

A four-person team we welcomed from the UC-Berkeley School of Information won the top national prize for “Fish DB”, a multi-layered solution to one of the State Department challenges. And a three-person team that formed during the Fishackathon won the Seafood Watch challenge with its “Go Fish!” app: a simple labeling system using colors and numbers to show sustainability and freshness of seafood items. The app incorporates gaming principles, rewards and social sharing features to encourage consumers to buy ocean-friendly seafood.

"I can’t believe what great results these teams produced over the weekend!" said Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, director of Seafood Watch. "We will definitely tap into the talents of hackers in the future."

An appealing location

It might not be too hard to lure them back to Monterey, if comments from the Berkeley team are any indication. They used words like “epic” and “thrilled” to describe sleeping in front of the Kelp Forest and Open Sea, and having access to the knowledge of Aquarium staff and State Department experts.

“We had a blast!” team member Isha Dandavate told the UC-Berkeley news service. “I can’t even express how cool it was. Having the hackathon in an aquarium has sort of ruined us for all other hackathons.”

The State Department was equally thrilled, and is now making plans for a 2015 Fishackathon around World Oceans Day.

Learn how your everyday choices can support healthy oceans

What runs on caffeine and works all night to help save our oceans? Coders and designers tackling fisheries challenges with innovative technology. Put your skills to use with a #Fishackathon at the Aquarium, with prizes for the best solutions. Learn more and register
(Photo: Greenpeace/Gavin Newman)

What runs on caffeine and works all night to help save our oceans? Coders and designers tackling fisheries challenges with innovative technology. Put your skills to use with a #Fishackathon at the Aquarium, with prizes for the best solutions.

Learn more and register

(Photo: Greenpeace/Gavin Newman)

#Hackathon for Healthy Oceans

Calling all coders (and designers and project managers, too)!

The State Department and the Aquarium need your talents for a project supporting ocean wildlife and healthy oceans.

It all takes place during a #Fishackathon in Monterey, beginning under the full moon on Friday, June 13.

We’ll feed you and put you up at the Aquarium for two days while you #CodeForFish – with our living exhibits as your inspiration. It’s a chance to use your skills to tackle two big fisheries challenges that need solutions if we want our oceans – and ocean wildlife – to stay healthy for future generations.

National event, with prizes

The hackathon in Monterey is one of five simultaneous events taking place across the country during the first-ever #Fishackathon.

Prizes for the cleanest code and best solutions include cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000, a trip to the Philippines, and a Monterey vacation getaway.

The winning teams will be part of a Google Hangout on Monday, June 16 during the State Department’s Our Ocean 2014 Ocean Summit in Washington, DC.

We’re looking for teams of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest for a day and two nights of creative coding, design and project management, ending Sunday morning, June 15.

Learn more, and register for the Silicon Valley #Fishackathon

Looking for the perfect summer adventure? Explore the Galapagos Islands, taste your way through Napa Valley or bring the whole family to dive in our Great Tidepool! There’s something to excite everyone in our Cooking for Solutions Auction. Proceeds support our Seafood Watch program.

Place your bid now

Check out our new Seafood Watch blog! Help protect fish and ocean animals by making good decisions when purchasing seafood
Visit the Tumblr blog 

Check out our new Seafood Watch blog! Help protect fish and ocean animals by making good decisions when purchasing seafood

Visit the Tumblr blog 


Looking for something simple to do for our oceans this #EarthDay? Make sustainable seafood choices with our Seafood Watch app—featured on iTunes! Get it now

Looking for something simple to do for our oceans this #EarthDay? Make sustainable seafood choices with our Seafood Watch app—featured on iTunes!

Get it now


Cooking Up a Storm — and Solutions!

Chef John Ash is a longtime supporter of our Seafood Watch program — and will be honored as our 2014 Educator of the Year at Cooking for Solutions on May 16-18.

He’s also up for another honor: a James Beard Award for best single-subject cookbook, for Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook. His co-author, James Fraioli, collaborated with Seafood Watch on another cookbook, Ocean Friendly Cuisine.

John is a tireless advocate for sustainable cuisine from land and sea, and an award-winning cooking school teacher as well as mentor to fellow chefs.

You can discover first-hand what a great teacher he is during one of two hands-on DYI cooking classes at Cooking for Solutions: Saturday’s Smoked and Cured Salmon class, or Sunday’s session featuring Grilled Pizza with John Ash.

John is just one of a half-dozen participants in this year’s Cooking for Solutions events who are 2014 James Beard Award finalists, including our culinary partner Cindy Pawlcyn, and chefs Richard Blais, Michael Leviton, Charles Phan and Jonathon Sawyer. A week ago, Alton Brown was honored by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

All in all, it’s a blue-ribbon celebration of sustainability!

Learn more and buy Cooking for Solutions tickets.

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