Summer may be over but Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) isn’t finished raising funds for its marine conservation and education work at the New York Aquarium and across the globe. The sixth annual Sip for the Sea event at the Central Park Zoo on Thursday, September 27 featured sustainable seafood and wine pairings along with other delectable offerings from many of New York’s top restaurants. Proceeds supported WCS’s commitment to save wildlife and wild places in New York and around the world.
Sip for the Sea attendees learned about WCS’s marine conservation global and local programs, and the importance of understanding how to consume seafood without harming the ocean. Chefs from Almond, Amali, As Is NYC, Atera, Crave Fishbar, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Delaware and Hudson, Fulton Landing Seafood Co., Luke’s Lobster, Mastro’s Steakhouse Manhattan, Oceanside Grill at the NY Aquarium, Perrine, Pier A Harbor House, The Sea Grill, Shuka, Takashi, Tavern on the Green, Teranga, Thalassa Restaurant, Tocqueville Restaurant, and The Tuck Room provided dishes.
“At WCS, we have a comprehensive strategy to protect marine habitats across the globe,” said Cristian Samper, WCS President and CEO. “Since launching the WCS Marine Protected Area Fund in 2016, we have helped to create new marine protected area initiatives in 19 countries. By 2020, we aim to secure legal protection for 1 million square kilometers of previously unsecured ocean habitat, which will make an enormous difference in conserving vulnerable species and ecosystems, sustainably regulating fisheries, and improving resilience to the impacts of climate change.”
This year, WCS and the New York Aquarium is celebrating the opening of the Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks!. This immersive experience connects New Yorkers to sharks and other marine wildlife while inspiring them to protect local waters. Sip for the Sea was generously sponsored by Blancpain.
“With many fish species facing serious threats from overfishing, sustainable seafood options help ensure the longevity of diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems around the world,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, Director of the New York Aquarium and WCS VP.
For more information on Wildlife Conservation Society, call 718-741-1617 or visit www.wcs.org.