Mystic Aquarium: Protecting the Ocean Through Science, Seafood and Beer

The aquarium is teaming up with local nonprofit Eating With the Ecosystem for a sustainable seafood dinner and it also partnered with Grey Sail Brewing to launch a beer.

Mystic Aquarium partnered with Westerly’s Grey Sail Brewing to launch Gray Seal Ale to highlight the aquarium’s seal rescue and rehabilitation program.

The planet is changing. From melting ice caps to animal extinctions to coastal flooding to forest fires, it gets harder every day to ignore the results of generations of humanity degrading the natural world. Particularly for coastal states, like Rhode Island, with cities at risk of rising seas and flooding, the threat of global warming is real and pressing. In the increasingly desperate search for ways in which we can aid the resolution of the climate crisis, Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium is stepping up to do its part.

Counted among the top aquariums in the country, this nonprofit does more than just provide the public with beautiful, fascinating and often adorable marine life. The aquarium serves as the northeast’s leading marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center. It offers extensive educational programming on conservation and environmental protection and employs a full staff of scientists year round, devoted to research on sustainability and ocean protection. Mystic Aquarium also brings in some 800,000 guests every year to see, experience and learn about the wide variety of species they care for and protect. These admirable pursuits contribute to a growing environmental protection movement which recognizes the importance of raising awareness about and actively protecting the oceans that make up so much of this planet.

The work Mystic Aquarium does on a daily basis is only the beginning of the impact they are working towards. The many partnerships they form with local and national organizations also contribute to a healthier planet and ocean. For example, on July 11, the aquarium will host local Rhode Island nonprofit, Eating with the Ecosystem, as part of the Conservation in Action series. The dinner event aims to raise awareness about sustaining New England’s seafood through local sources. The “underwater affair” takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and features gourmet bites including Jonah crab cakes, grilled squid and black sea bass ceviche, all created by Ocean Blue Catering from Eating with the Ecosystem’s cookbook Simmering the Sea: Diversifying Cookery to Sustain Our Fisheries. The food and one complimentary cocktail, wine or beer of your choice is included in the $28 per person ticket price (or $50 for two). An additional cash bar is available.

Additionally, Mystic Aquarium recently partnered with Westerly’s Grey Sail Brewing to launch Gray Seal Ale. This partnership is a salute to Lou-Seal, the adult gray seal that Mystic Aquarium rescued and rehabilitated, and on May 30th, released back into the ocean. As Roz Gilhuly, senior vice president of External Relations at Mystic Aquarium said in a press release highlighting the partnership, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with such a wonderful local business to help raise awareness of our mission.” The beer is available for purchase throughout the summer at all Mystic Aquarium events catered by Ocean Blue Catering as well as at the Aquarium’s Penguins Café.

Other Mystic Aquarium partnerships include the National Fish and Wildlife Service, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA).

On its website, Mystic Aquarium writes that its mission is “to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet through conservation, education and research.” Whether this means classroom programs for all ages, a team of devoted scientists or simply good old beer, the goal is brought to fruition on the daily. Mystic Aquarium sets an example for individuals and organizations alike; if we want our planet to survive and thrive, it is up to us to take action to ensure that it can. Check out all the ways you can volunteer, donate and learn more.

Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-5955,



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