Select Text Level:

Did you know that the ocean covers 70 percent of our planet? The ocean is all around us, whether or not we can see it. One of our ocean connections is hidden in the food we eat. Seafood is an important part of many peoples' diets around the world, possibly including yours. Have you ever thought about how seafood gets to a grocery store? Many people, all over the world, depend on catching and selling seafood to make a living. It's important to think about how our everyday decisions, like picking what to put on our plates, impact the ocean. The fun missions in this packet will help you dive in to the ocean, no matter where you live! 


But beware—attempting the missions contained in Mission:Explore Food—Sustainable Seafood may result in your never viewing your backyard, grocery store, or dinner plate the same way ever again. The missions are guaranteed to lead to extreme adventure, investigation, and fun. Consider yourself warned!



Become an extreme explorer by completeing all of the missions in Mission:Explore Food—Sustainable Seafood or pick-and-choose the ones you want to try.

  • cover page
  • page 2: introductory letter to educators
  • page 3: introductory letter to explorers
  • page 4: Don't bite endangered fish
  • page 5: Spot where you don't get seafood
  • page 6: Good hunting
  • page 7: Traffic light your seafood
  • page 8: Go fishing
  • page 9: Watch another animal harvest seafood
  • page 10: Hold an overharvest festival
  • page 11: Innovate with seaweed
  • page 12: Delicious dilemmas
  • page 13: Cook in acid
  • page 14: Map your seafood recipes
  • page 15: Design a sustainable seafood menu
  • page 16: Alien attack
  • page 17: Draw a cooking tree
  • page 18: Cook your seafood by...
  • page 19: Capture a crustacean
  • page 20: Experiment with diets
  • page 21: Ditch your packaging
  • page 22: Smells fishy
  • page 23: Explore like a...


Mission:Explore Food—Seafood is adapted from Mission:Explore FOOD. For more adventures, check out the original from Mission:Explore.


available supply of materials, goods, or services. Resources can be natural or human.


use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.

sustainable seafood

fish, shellfish, and other aquatic organisms harvested from fish farms or fisheries that can be maintained without damaging the ecosystem.