Tj Tate is the Director of Seafood for the National Aquarium where she is tasked with developing a Nationwide Consumer Awareness Campaign stimulating consumer demand for responsible Aquaculture. Tate believes that aquaculture is the future of seafood and consumer awareness and consumption of responsibly farmed fish, shellfish and sea vegetables is key to future of our food and our planet. Tate is rooted in her beliefs that we must change the negative consumer perception of responsibly farmed and harvested seafood by telling the healthy and human stories that are beneficial to our well-being, our economies and our oceans. Tate has worked in the world of fisheries for over 20 years beginning her career in Aquaculture while pursuing her Masters of Marine Science at USD. She was previously the founder and Director of the first brand of responsibly harvested and traceable wild caught fish from the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Wild, is a Seaweb Seafood Summit Awardee, part of the White House Task Force for Sustainable Seafood focused on the future of Aquaculture, a Fish 2.0 Impact Advisor, on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for US Seafood Production, and speaks globally on the importance of balanced ecosystems, managed fisheries and the role that responsibly harvested and farmed fish play in that equation.