Exploramer: Biodiversity at your fingertips
Founded in 1995 in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts in the Gaspésie region, Exploramer
is an aquarium and a museum that also offers excursions on the St. Lawrence River. Each year, it produces a list of marine species to be promoted for consumption with an eye to protecting the region's biodiversity. With its Smarter Seafood program established in the summer of 2009, Exploramer certifies restaurants and fish markets for this purpose and thereby promotes little-known species that are good for eating.
In 2014, no fewer than 25 species are featured with a focus on sustainable development, including the Atlantic tomcod and fall herring. And showcased for the first time are five algae species, including sea lettuce. In restaurants and fish markets, products bearing the Smarter Seafood logo ensure consumers of seafood diversity, contributing in turn to the sound management of marine resources.
In addition, Exploramer is active in area schools, helping the public to understand issues surrounding the conservation of marine resources and to discover the St. Lawrence River's ecosystem. Among the activities that are available, two are a real hit with visitors: fish harvesting and the ecological sea excursion on board the JV Exploramer, a Zodiac dinghy that can hold 18 passengers.