Beyond the galleries that bring the ocean to life for visitors, the Monterey Bay Aquarium rebuilds sea otter populations, transforms fisheries and aquaculture through the Seafood Watch program, works to protect California’s ocean and engages policy makers to address climate change and end plastic pollution. Since 1984, more than 2.5 million students have visited the Aquarium for free while teacher/youth development programs have helped the next generation of ocean conservation leaders find their voices.
The human impact on our oceans is appalling, but it’s out of sight and out of mind for too many of us. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has transformed what it means to be an aquarium over the last 30 years. They are policy advocates and educators that have brought awareness to some of the biggest challenges of our generation, reminding us why we can’t ignore the health of our oceans. - Pete