Aquarium hosts its first Oyster Fest

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

When the South Carolina Aquarium ditched its 12-year old Sustainable Seafood Initiative, it promised the "Good Catch" program introduced in its place would focus on the "entire community." The aquarium's pledge recently took shape with the announcement of a February oyster celebration.

Unlike the fancy dinners that were a staple of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, the Feb. 6 event is priced at $35 (although tickets take a five-dollar upturn after Jan. 21.) The all-inclusive ticket includes oysters from St. Jude Farms; hors d'oeuvres from Pane e Vino, Fleet Landing Restaurant and Fish; Bowens Island Oyster Stout from Holy City Brewing and live bluegrass music.

When the aquarium last October unveiled Good Catch, president and CEO Kevin Mills said the coming year's programming would "show consumers have the power to drive change."

For more information about the Oyster Fest, or to buy tickets, visit or call 577-FISH.