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  • spring 2010 | volume 13 | number 2m e m b e r m a g a z i n e o f t h e a q u a r i u m o f t h e p a c i f i c Molina aniMal Care Center Expanding Animal Care at the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Focus on Sustainability Californians could benefit from producing a safe and reliable source of sustainable seafood off our coast. kona Blue California aquaCulture a Challenge for our State It is important for California constituents to be aware of the looming seafood crisis especially if it becomes active with regards to legislation. M ore than two-thirds of the the national average with over 80 per- that with proper planning, including citing, world’s wild fish stocks are cent of its seafood coming from abroad, control of environmental impacts, and currently fished at or beyond mostly from Asia. Producing locally monitoring and enforcement, fish could sustainable levels. It is farmed seafood could reduce California’s be farmed in a sustainable manner off the predicted that the entire wild seafood carbon footprint on these imports, which coast of Southern California. industry could collapse in 50 years unless ranks third to our dependence on foreign The state of California is currently solutions are sought today. To examine oil. Consumers could rely on a safe and developing guidelines pertaining to marine solutions for dealing with the looming secure supply of fresh sustainable seafood. aquaculture. Unfortunately, this opportu- seafood crisis, the Aquarium of the Pacific California residents also stand to benefit nity for growth has taken a back seat to brought together government agencies, financially. It is estimated that an offshore the ongoing economic crisis. But offshore entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and finfish aquaculture industry in less than one aquaculture of yellowtail, striped bass, decision makers from state and federal percent of state waters could bring in up to mussels, and other species and stock aquaculture programs in September 2009. $1 billion. replenishment of white sea bass, abalone, “Creating California-farmed, environ- During the Aquarium’s September and Pacific rockfish species are possibilities mentally friendly seafood products has the 2009 meeting, participants questioned to be considered for the future. potential to reduce our carbon footprint, why California should be the one to solve As California constituents, it is important decrease pressures on wild fish species, the problem. However, by the end of the to be aware of this issue if it becomes reduce our importation of seafood, and two-day session, there was agreement that active with regards to legislation. To find increase state revenues,” said Aquarium California could reap economic benefits out more about sustainable seafood, please CEO Jerry R. Schubel. while at the same time establishing strict visit the Aquarium on Saturday, March 6 The United States imports over 70 environmental standards for the rest of for Sustainable Seafood Day. See page 11 percent of its seafood. California exceeds the nation to follow. Participants agreed for more information. 2 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Table of Contents in thiS iSSue letter from the Ceo 4 Animal Updates | Spot prawns are multiplying in the Northern Pacific Gallery. The Tropical Pacific Gallery explores the fishes of the marine national Dear memberS, monument in the Hawaiian Reef exhibit. H appy new Year! With the ongoing support of our members and 6 Molina Animal Care Center | Providing donors, the aquarium state-of-the-art examination, treatment, and had a successful 2009. We are recovery facilities for the Aquarium of the Pacific’s pleased to report that we animals, the new veterinary hospital will expand and experienced our 8th consecutive centralize care. year of attendance increases. We look forward to many exciting 19 Long Beach Breakwater  | The world’s projects in the year to come. largest breakwater is under scrutiny. The Aquarium As you will learn in the feature article of this issue, explores the options. our new Molina Animal Care Center will open in May. This facility will expand the Aquarium’s innovative care, teaching, and partnership opportunities in the growing field of aquatic veterinary medicine. With the additional space and upgraded technologies, the 27 Copenhagen and Carbon Aquarium will set a new and higher standard for care Compromise | An international gathering on of our animals. climate change was held last December to achieve This summer we will also be opening another an international climate change deal. exciting new exhibit. Our summer issue of Pacific currents will describe the transformation of our BP Sea Otter Habitat. The completely redesigned exhibit will portray essential features of the Central California coast and the habitat of the southern sea otter. We are 2 Focus on Sustainability 10 Aquarium Programs & Events excited about these enhancements made possible by 3 Letter from the CEO 20 Kids Corner the BP Foundation. As a Southern California destination, the Aquarium 4 Animal Updates 23 Aquarium News is located in a vibrant city and a very active coastal 6 Feature 27 Conservation Corner region. A population of more than 10 million people lives within 10 miles of this segment of the coast. It is also the stop-over place for one of the largest and most diverse gatherings of whales on their journeys Pacific currents is published for members of PHOnE nuMBErs (562 area code) north and south. The intersections of human society the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you have comments General Information........590-3100 and nature are rife with challenges and rich with about this magazine, please send an email to our fAX .......................................951-1629 opportunities. The Aquarium is expanding its discus- editorial staff at PacificCurrents@LBAOP.org. Membership ......................437-fIsH (3474) sion of the urban ocean, adding new programs, and a Our MIssIOn | To instill a sense of wonder, Development ....................951-1605 regularly scheduled urban ocean cruise. Stay tuned for respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Pacific Circle ......................951-1664 more information on this theme in upcoming issues of Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems Lost & found .....................951-1733 your member magazine. Private Event Info ............951-1663 Pacific currents sTAff | Editor/Writer: Education Programs .......951-1630 Alexi Holford | Copy Editor: Cecile fisher | Gift store ............................951-1sEA (1732) Sincerely, Designer: Andrew reitsma | Contributing Job Hotline.........................951-1674 Writer: Tricia Bennett Volunteer Hotline.............951-1659 Advanced Ticket sales ...590-3100, ext. 0 HOurs | Open daily from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. except (note: $2 service charge per ticket, up to $10.) Jerry R. Schubel Dec. 25 and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach Group reservations ........951-1695 MEMBErsHIP OffICE HOurs 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily the aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit 501(c)3 institution. to provide exciting and innovative exhibits and educational programs, we rely heavily on the generous donations of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Aquarium Founding Sponsor spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 3
  • Aquarium Updates In the sandy Bottom and Coastal Corner Exhibits located in the northern Pacific Gallery, be sure to check out our new sub-adult spot prawns (Pandalus platyceros). Thanks to the efforts of our Aquarist Jennifer O’Quin, the Aquarium cultured over 300 babies last year. Spot praWnS s pot prawns are found in the northeastern Pacific ocean from Unalaska island, alaska to San Diego, California and in the northwestern Pacific ocean from the Sea of Japan to the Korea Strait. They are found from the intertidal zone to depths of 1,600 feet (487 meters). These crustaceans are bottom dwellers, scavenging for food on the sea floor. The largest shrimp on the West Coast, female spot prawns can grow as long as nine inches (23 cm). They typically live to be seven years old. Not only are these prawns a Spot prawns are protandric favorite meal for fishes in temperate waters, but they are becoming more and more hermaphrodites, meaning popular with people as well. Spot prawns are protandric hermaphro- that they mature as a dites, meaning that they mature as a male first and then pass through a transition stage male first and then pass to become a female. Males become repro- ductively mature when they are around three through a transition stage inches (7.6 cm) in length. When an adult male reaches a size of roughly four inches to become a female. (10 cm) long, he can turn into a female if there is demand in the area for more females. At the Aquarium, once a female is pregnant, she is moved off exhibit and cared the sandy Bottom for behind the scenes in special holding tanks exhibit is sponsored by that are darkened to mimic the depths where Jim and Liz Breslauer. the prawns live in the ocean. As Aquarist Jennifer O’Quin continues to master her techniques in breeding spot prawns, the Bottom three photos: Jennifer o Quinn Aquarium will be able to share the offspring with other aquariums. 4 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Aquarium Updates SoUthern California/ BaJa Gallery aDDitionSandrew reitsma andrew reitsma haWaiian O n your next trip to the aquarium, take note of a few reef exhibit changes in the Southern California/Baja Gallery. We have added a Pacific seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) exhibit. Found off the coast of Southern California and down to Baja, these seahorses grow up to 12 inches in length. Several new animals can be The Aquarium’s Tropical Pacific Gallery features the new Hawaiian Reef exhibit, repre- seen in the Abalone exhibit. In addition senting the fauna of the Hawaiian Islands. This exhibit will introduce you to some of the to red abalone (Haliotis rufescens), guests can see lots of blue-banded animals that call the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument home. gobies (Lythrypnus dalli), a zebra goby (Lythrypnus zebra), blackeye gobies T he Papahānaumokuākea Marine (coryphopterus nicholsii), and opaleye national Monument, established in (Girella nigricans). 2006, is one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses more than 100,000 square nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean, an area larger than all of the countrys national parks PleaSe note: combined. This protected area is remarkable because of its biodiversity, both in terms of the breadth of animals that live there and the teMPorary eXhiBit uniqueness of these animals because of the In the Aquariums new Hawaiian CloSinG relative isolation of the region. Approximately Reef exhibit, you will see yellow tangs 25 percent of the marine species in the (Zebrasoma flavescens), convict tangs starting January 11, 2010 the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine (acanthurus triostegus), flame wrasses Bp sea otter habitat in the National Monument are endemic to that area. (cirrhilabrus jordani), striped surgeonfish (acanthurus lineatus), rockmover wrasses northern pacific Gallery will be (novaculichthys taeniourus), spotted boxfish closed for renovations. the newly (Ostracion meleagris), lagoon triggerfish designed exhibit will open in (rhinecanthus aculeatus), and yellowtail may 2010. wrasse (coris gaimard). Be sure to check out this new exhibit. the Hawaiian reef exhibit is sponsored by Brittany and alexander rogers and catherine and Dominic Decristofaro spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 5
  • Molina aniMalCare Center The Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Molina Animal Care Center includes a veterinary hospital, a holding area, and a public exhibit.6 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • On May 20 the Aquarium of the Pacific will open itsnew Molina Animal Care Center. The state-of-the-art14,000-square-foot facility will accommodate mammals,birds, and fishes. It will provide enhanced healthcare as wellas opportunities for our guests to view veterinary medicinein action. The Aquarium of the Pacific will be one of thefew aquariums that provides an opportunity for guests toobserve while the doctor is examining a patient.aMPle rooM will be two rooms for animals undergoing the required quarantine. There will also Aquarium staff to blaze new territory in animal care.anD UPDateD be a reptile room and holding cages for Innovative techniques have been used inteChnoloGy shorebirds and raptors. The holding area will be completed in the next phase of a number of operations by our veterinary staff. New surgical procedures wereLocated behind Shark Lagoon, the new construction. successfully conducted on a sea otter tohospital will feature a six-fold increase in The Molina Animal Care Center will repair internal eye damage to one eye andits examination area—from 300 square reach beyond the confines of a place to to remove a cataract in the other eye. Afeet to approximately 1,800 square care for animals. In the spirit of interactive moray eel needed a large growth removedfeet. The building is targeted to meet learning, it will allow visitors to watch from its head. A sawfish had an unfortu-LEED* Platinum standards, fulfilling the surgeries, animal examinations, and even nate encounter with a shark and injuredAquarium’s commitment to environmen- interact with the Aquarium’s veterinary its rostrum (a saw-like bill). Luckily, suchtally sensitive building practices for all new staff on occasion. This aspect of the new serious conditions are uncommon, but thestructures. With the addition of the $5.5 treatment center will offer unique insight Aquarium’s talented staff is prepared tomillion Molina Animal Care Center, the into the world of aquatic veterinary care. deal with them. And with the new MolinaAquarium will be able to provide excellent It will also showcase the Aquarium’s Animal Care Center, they will be bettercare more easily. dedication to stewardship to its wide array equipped to handle the myriad of veteri- The Aquarium’s veterinary hospital will of mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes, and nary needs of our animal collection.become more technologically advanced invertebrates. Diagnosing an exotic animal’s illnesswith new digital equipment. With an Eklin can be particularly difficult because theydigital radiography system, x-ray film willnot need to be processed and images can the aqUariUM instinctively hide problems. An aquarist might call the doctor if an animal has notbe more easily stored for diagnostic andrecord keeping purposes. This new equip- CareS been eating normally, but in such cases, observation is the best tool. When neces-ment also speeds up the entire process We all expect high standards for health sary, it is important that the Aquarium isof taking x-rays, which is better for the care for ourselves and our loved ones. Pet equipped to properly investigate and fixanimals. A high-tech microscope with a owners value the importance of excellent problems. Ultrasounds have been donecamera imaging system can take pictures veterinary care for their animal compan- on the female sea lions when pregnancyof slides. Just as with the x-ray machine, ions. The Aquarium of the Pacific also was suspected.this microscope will allow images to be believes in providing the best medical care X-rays have been taken of sharks.emailed to colleagues. New endoscopy possible for its animals. With the opening Anesthesia has been given to fish whenand laparoscopy equipment will provide of the new Molina Animal Care Center, undergoing surgery. When an animal isopportunities to perform minimally the Aquarium will be at the vanguard of not well, the Aquarium provides the bestinvasive techniques and view the patient aquatic veterinary medicine. care possible.internally with a camera. Most people are not aware of the level The Aquarium’s animal care team is Holding and quarantine areas for fish, of care that the 11,000 animals receive at composed of more than 50 staff members.marine mammals, and birds will be housed the Aquarium. In addition to feeding them Dr. Lance Adams is the veterinarian.in the Molina Animal Care Center as well. restaurant-quality food and ensuring that Colleen McLaughlin is the veterinaryThe biggest tank at the Aquarium, a 40- they have precisely what they need in their technician. Like many veterinary profes-foot diameter tank that holds 56,000 gal- customized exhibits, the animals are given sionals at zoos and aquariums, providinglons of water, will provide critical holding regular exams. And over the years, there medical care to the animals meansspace for the Aquarium’s sharks and larger have been times that an unusual condition understanding and caring for thousandsanimals. For new Aquarium arrivals, there developed in a marine animal that allowed of species. Still, like other animal doctors, spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 7
  • The Molina Animal Care Center will reach beyond the confines of a place to care for animals. In the spirit of interactive learning, it will allow visitors to watch surgeries, animal examinations, and even interact with the Aquarium’s veterinary staff on occasion. Dr. Adams examines a sea otter. aquarium veterinarians diagnose illnesses, mammalogist, the veterinarian, a curator, healthcare to our animals and a place for perform surgery and prescribe medicines. a life support technician, an aviculturalist, visitors to learn more about the health Additionally, many other staff members and a volunteer. These interactive features and biology of our collection,” said Molina. ensure the animals’ health and behind- will also be available on the Aquarium’s “We are also very pleased with the efforts the-scene safety by assisting with medical, website as well as at Miller Children’s being made to minimize the impact of the quarantine, and breeding activities. Hospital. new building on the environment and the Another extremely important aspect to The Aquarium will be partnering with the energy-saving features that have been in- caring for marine life is water quality. Like Miller Children’s Hospital at Long Beach corporated into its design.” For his support the air we breathe, sea water needs to be Memorial Medical Center with a new and in recognition of the $2 million gift from clean and free of contaminants for aquatic program. Children will be able to watch a Molina Healthcare and the Molina family, animals to be healthy and thrive. The live video feed of Aquarium staff working the center has been respectfully named in Aquarium also relies heavily on the staff in in the Molina Animal Care Center. This their honor. Through a staff campaign in charge of life support, which refers to the collaboration will provide an opportunity for 2008, Aquarium employees and volunteers people who make sure the nuts and bolts a young patient in the hospital to ask ques- donated $40,000 for the large holding pool of all the exhibits are working properly. tions and talk directly to the veterinarian or mentioned earlier. Additional donors are Without proper drainage, filtration, and other husbandry professional. listed in the column on the next page. electrical supply, the Aquarium would not Visitors will also learn about our The new Molina Animal Care Center is be able to create habitats that mimic the animals with activities that help show the scheduled to open to the public May 20, real world. connections between a healthy animal 2010. Members are invited to attend one and a healthy environment. For budding of the dates below for special viewing. ViSitinG hoUrS scientists and those interested in zoology, the new center will provide incentives to • May 16: Family Night Aquarium guests will have many opportuni- pursue marine-related careers. As always, • May 17: Adult Night ties to learn at the new Molina Animal Care we hope our members and guests leave • May 19: Pacific Circle Event Center. Each day a volunteer will explain with the desire to help protect the natural a live procedure or offer one of several environments that marine animals live in As an institution that strives to maintain educational shows. As guests pass by the and maybe even learn how to become a the highest quality standards for animal hospital viewing windows, the veterinarian volunteer at the Aquarium. care, the Aquarium is proud of the addition could be working on an animal. Maybe a of the Molina Animal Care Center. This new surgery on a fish will be in progress. Maybe an otter will be getting its teeth cleaned. a new fUtUre facility will enable our husbandry team to optimize their practices, while also provid- Windows and overhead computer monitors Aquarium Board Chairman J. Mario Molina, ing our visitors with a new and interesting will make it possible for everyone to see. M.D. has been an integral part of the opportunity to understand more about our Two interactive kiosks offer a chance to vision of the new animal hospital. With animal ambassadors of the Pacific Ocean. delve deeper. One kiosk will feature stories his background as president and CEO of With the completion of the Molina Animal of medical successes such as Dr. Adams’ Molina Healthcare, he has had a wealth of Care Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific groundbreaking operation to repair the expertise to offer throughout the process. will join a small handful of aquariums bill of the sawfish. The other kiosk will “We are very pleased with the progress be- worldwide with such state-of-the-art present a behind-the-scenes look at the ing made on the Animal Care Center. When facilities. duties of various team members. This video completed, it will give the Aquarium of will feature interviews with an aquarist, a the Pacific a world-class facility to provide8 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • aDDitional DonorS Several members of the $1,000,000+ Molina family at the initial  Molina Healthcare, Inc. unveiling of the Molina Animal Care Center The Molina Family: renderings.  Josephine Battiste  Martha and Tino Bernadettthe molina family and molina healthcare support new center  John and Michelle Molina  Mario and Therese Molina  Laurence and Janet Watt$2 million gift $250,000+tranSformS animal Care  Anonymous $100,000+  Steve and Fran Conley A s chairman of the aquarium’s board of philosophy naturally extends to supporting the Directors, Dr. J. mario molina knows the Molina Animal Care Center to enhance animal health $50,000+ importance of caring for the aquarium’s care at the Aquarium.  Betty White Ludden 11,000 animals. When the Aquarium Thanks to the Molina family and Molinadeveloped an expansion plan that included a Healthcare, millions of guests will be able to watch $40,000+state-of-the-art Animal Care Center, he knew that veterinary science in action. Dr. Lance Adams, the  2008 Employee andhe, his family, and his company would want to be Aquarium’s veterinarian, is looking forward to moving Volunteer Staff Campaigninvolved. into his new animal hospital and remarked, “Our Dr. Molina brought together his four siblings and hope is that by observing these unique exams and $25,000+his company to make a combined gift of $2 million. procedures, young students will be inspired to pursue  Jeanne M. BrodeurThe family contributions are from Dr. Molina and a career in the sciences.”his wife Therese, John and Michelle Molina, Martha $10,000+and Tino Bernadett, Janet and Laurence Watt, and  Jeanne B. SleeperJosephine Battiste. “Together, the family’s commit- In 1980 Dr. C. David Molina opened a clinic Dennis C. Poulsen andment demonstrates their shared passion for the Suzanne M. Poulsenocean, education, and conservation,” said Aquarium in Long Beach where he cared for patientsCEO Jerry Schubel. $5,000+ regardless of their ability to pay. That clinic “The fact that guests will now be able to observe  Anonymousanimal exams and interact with the talented staff has grown into Molina Healthcare, Inc.—one Valerie and Bob Hoffman Frank and Margie Newellthat care for these animals is what really drew us of the fastest growing managed healthcare John and Susanne Rouseto this project,” said John Molina, who also serveson the Aquarium Board of Directors and is CFO of companies in the country. Today the Molina $1,000+Molina Healthcare. Josephine Battiste added, “Notonly will animal care be enhanced, but so will the family continues to honor their father’s  Dr. Lance and Mrs. Amy Adams Andrew and Diana Cohenguest experience. My children are eager to see the tradition of helping others by funding the Deanna DavissonAquarium’s veterinarian at work.” As president and CEO of Molina Healthcare, Dr. Molina Animal Care Center to care for the Theresa Demonte Mary Jo GreenbergJ. Mario Molina is proud to have Molina Healthcare animals that help inspire millions of visitors R.J. Kurtzsponsor the Molina Animal Care Center. Having Coral and Ron Levinalways been committed to serving the less fortunate to protect the ocean environment. Tina and Brian Sartyand underserved communities, Molina Healthcare’s Jerry R. and Margaret H. Schubel Jeffrey SpoffordSponsorship and gift opportunities for the Molina Animal Care Center are still available. For more information, Henny Struijkcontact the development office at (562) 951-1664. Richard and Amy Toyama spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 9
  • Aquarium Programs and Events The Aquarium of the Pacific offers programs and events for all ages and interests. With exclusive events for our members, cultural festivals, a guest speaker series, and educational classes for families and children, there is something for everyone. great aQuarium aCtivitieS! member events Please join us for one of these select events just for our members and their guests. M BEhiND-thE-SCENES Night SUNDAy, MArCh 7 (FAMiLy Night) MONDAy, MArCh 8 (ADULt Night, 21+ ONLy) 6:30–9:30 P.M. Members are invited to learn the secrets of the Aquarium at our Behind-the-Scenes Night. Participate in special tours led by husbandry and education staff, get a sneak peek of the new Molina Animal Care Center that opens in May 2010, and explore areas not open to the public, such as the Tropical Reef Habitat from above the water. Please note: Children must be at least 7 years of age to go on the full behind-the-scenes tour; there enJoY an entertaining evening will be a mini behind-the-scenes tour for all ages in our education classrooms. COsT | Free for members; members’ guests receive member events member events 20% off regular admission RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by M BLUE CAvErN LOUNgE M MEMBEr PrEviEWS Thursday, March 4 FriDAy, APriL 2 | 7:00–10:00 p.m. SUNDAy, MAy 16 (FAMiLy Night) MONDAy, MAy 17 (ADULt Night, 21+ ONLy) M St. PAtriCK’S DAy PArty Steward Level and Pacific Circle members are 6:30–9:30 P.M. ON thE QUEEN MAry invited to enjoy an entertaining and relaxing WEDNESDAy, MArCh 17 | 6:30–10:00 p.m. (21+ only) evening at the exclusive Blue Cavern Lounge. On this special evening, members will be Stroll through the Aquarium and listen to live among the first to view not one, but two Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on board the special exhibits. Discover the Molina Animal historic Queen Mary at our exclusive member music in the Tropical and Northern Pacific Galleries. Desserts and coffee will be served Care Center, where you will see how we event. Join us in the beautiful Queen’s Salon care for our animals in our new state-of- as you experience live Irish style entertain- in front of the Blue Cavern exhibit. If you are not already a Steward Level member or a the-art treatment and recovery facility. This ment, Irish food and drinks, contests, and a veterinary hospital includes a viewing area raffle. Be sure to dress “green” for the event part of the Pacific Circle, please upgrade your membership and join us at our Blue Cavern where you can watch animal examinations, as there will be prizes for the person who surgeries, and interact with veterinary staff. wears the most color green and for the per- Lounge. We thank all of our 2009 Pacific Circle members (listed on page 26). In addition, members are invited to see the son whose outfit is the most environmentally newly remodeled BP Sea Otter Habitat, which friendly. Your ticket includes parking at the COsT | Free for Steward Level and Pacific Circle will not only contribute to a better overall ex- Queen Mary, Irish buffet, a beverage coupon, members perience for the sea otters and our staff, but and live entertainment. RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by also for our members and guests. You won’t Tuesday, March 30 want to miss this exclusive member preview. COsT | $29.95 per person for members and guests RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by COsT | Free for members; members’ guests receive Tuesday, March 2 20% off regular admission. RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by Thursday, May 13 10 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Aquarium Programs and Events SAvE thE DAtE Shark lagoon nights through May 7 Fridays (except April 16) NEW AND NOtEWOrthy aquarium Closed for Grand Prix Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16-18 festivalsTo honor the rich diversity of Southern California,the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts cultural and familyfestivals throughout the year. Check our website formore details and additional family festivals.F SUStAiNABLE SEAFOOD DAySAtUrDAy, MArCh 6 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Learn how to help our ocean one bite ata time on Sustainable Seafood Day. Theevent will feature cooking demonstrationsfrom some of the area’s top chefs and willinform guests on how seafood consumption See ChilDren Shinechoices can help save our seas. Talk toorganizations that promote sustainable at Día Del niñoseafood practices and pick up some recipes.Learn about the Aquarium’s new sustainableseafood program, Seafood for the Future(www.seafoodforthefuture.org). As always, festivals festivalssustainable seafood will be available forpurchase in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba. F EArth DAy FEStivAL F DíA DEL NiñOCOsT | Free for members SAt.–SUN., APriL 24-25 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. SAtUrDAy-SUNDAy, MAy 1-2 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. members’ guests Learn what you can do to help our ocean In celebration of Día del Niño (Childrens receive 20% off planet at the Aquarium’s tenth annual Earth Day), the Aquarium celebrates the amazing regular admission Day festival. Join the Aquarium for a weekend talents of children of all cultures. This festivalINFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) of family fun celebrating Earth Day while will feature international music and dance learning simple, everyday tips to protect performed by youngsters representingF DivErS DAy our environment. Visit booths from various Hispanic, Asian, Southeast Asian, AfricanSUNDAy, MArCh 28 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Earth-friendly organizations and participate American, and Pacific Islander cultures.Learn all about the history and recent in hands-on learning demonstrations for Guests can partake in arts and crafts,advancements in diving at the Aquarium’s people of all ages. On Saturday the Long storytelling, interactive music performances,annual Divers Day. There will be educational Beach Water Department will host a number and face painting. Over the weekend, thepresentations and dive demonstrations in of organizations related to water conservation Aquarium will present its annual Young Herothe exhibits. The Aquarium will also host a on our front lawn. Award in recognition of one young person’snumber of organizations that are related to efforts to make this planet a better place. Thethe sport and science of diving. The diving COsT | Free for members | members’ guests receive event will feature an international Childrenscommunity is invited to find out about 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) Day parade and opportunities to paint andvolunteer diving and other opportunities for be part of the world-wide Art Miles muralinvolvement with dive-related organizations project, which brings people together throughin Southern California. Divers who present art. Celebrate the children in your life throughvalid proof of certification with their photo this special annual event for all ages.I.D. will receive free admission. COsT | Free for members |members’ guests receiveCOsT | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off regular admission 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474)INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 11
  • Aquarium Programs and Events Hear guest speakers from across the country. Learn about our ocean planet and much more. leCtureS on a varietY of topiCS guest speakers guest speakers guest speakers The Aquarium hosts guest lectures on a variety of topics from experts across the country. GS iAN MitrOFF | Dirty Rotten Strategies GS ED hUMES | Eco Barons tUESDAy, MArCh 9 | 7:00 p.m. thUrSDAy, APriL 22 | 7:00 p.m. GS ShEiLA SEMANS & riKK From the crippling mortgage crisis to the In the latest book by Ed Humes, he examines KvitEK | Seafloor Mapping heated debate on health care reform, our a number of environmental leaders and WEDNESDAy, MArCh 3 | 7:00 p.m. efforts to solve the most pressing challenges thinkers who are addressing the climate, The California Seafloor Mapping Project continually fail for one simple reason: we’re extinction, and energy crises in novel ways, is a collaborative, multi-institutional addressing the wrong problems, according to offering realistic assessments of the chal- campaign creating the first comprehensive, Dr. Ian Mitroff. Join us as Mitroff discusses lenges before us. These leaders include such high-resolution base map of Californias his latest book, written together with statisti- examples as the former CEO of Esprit, who state waters from the shoreline out to three cian Abraham Silvers. Mitroff will discuss has preserved and donated more rainforest nautical miles. The creation of a geologic and the errors that underlie most major problem- than anyone on the planet. Humes also looks habitat base map supports the states Marine solving mistakes and detail the best strategies to Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burts Life Protection Act Initiative goal to create for effectively addressing concerns. For nearly Bees, who has preserved the great Maine a statewide network of Marine Protected 25 years, Mitroff has been the trusted expert Woods Thoreau explored and wrote about. Areas. Join us for a lecture by two experts in on crisis management in virtually every major Not to mention Andy Frank, the father of the the field of seafloor mapping. incident—from Enron to the war in Iraq. plug-in hybrid car. Sheila Semans joined the Coastal A journalist and author of ten narrative GS NEiL SiMS | Marine Conservancy in 2000 and has been staff to nonfiction books, Humes has received the Conservation Initiative Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the California Ocean Protection Council since thUrSDAy, MArCh 18 | 7:00 p.m. the military and a PEN Center USA Award its inception in 2004. With over seventeen years of experience working in land and water Responsible open ocean mariculture—the for no Matter How Loud i shout: a Year in the conservation, Semans currently focuses her environmentally sound farming of marine Life of Juvenile court. Humes has written for work on developing the state’s ocean observ- fish in the ocean—is a relatively new term numerous magazines and newspapers and ing program and mapping the seafloor. that seeks to break free from the stigma is presently writer at large for Los angeles Dr. Rikk Kvitek is a professor in the widely associated with “fish farming.” In this Magazine. Division of Science and Environmental presentation, Neil Sims will examine current Policy, California State University, Monterey public perceptions concerning farmed fish, Bay, where he also directs the Seafloor their roots, and influencers. He will discuss Mapping Lab and the COAST Technology how growing awareness of the need for sus- Center for Spatial Information Visualization tainable seafood is presenting an opportunity and Analysis. for a major shift in consumer attitudes about mariculture. Kona Blue’s pioneering open ocean mariculture operation will be described as an example of how the Blue Revolution can positively impact the marketplace. 12 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Aquarium Programs and Events Seeking SuStainable SolutionS AQUATIC ACADEMYexplore our Myth BUStErSnational parkS SEEKiNg SOLUtiONS ian shive WEDNESDAyS, APriL 21, 28 AND MAy 5, 12 sustainability and greening have become buzz words for strategies that will ensure that planet earth guest speakers guest speakers will continue to support human life. unfortunately, some issues haveGS iAN ShivE | Storytelling with Nature JiM SANChiriCO | Ocean Zoning GS become stumbling blocks on the roadPhotography: From the Top of the thUrSDAy, MAy 13 to sustainability. for instance, doesWorld to the Depths of the Ocean We need an adaptive ocean governance that nuclear energy have an importanttUESDAy, APriL 27 | 7:00 p.m. fosters a sustainable and wise use of the place in the portfolio of non-fossil fuelsTake a photographic journey from the ocean and coastal resources. We also need to or a threat to human health? are citiesunderwater ecosystems of the Biscayne reward innovation and establish ways other a burden on the environment or a greenNational Park to the highest mountain in than regulation to address use conflicts in way to live? are genetically engineeredNorth America with Ian Shive, author and the marine environments. This lecture will crops the work of the devil or a way tophotographer of the book the national Parks: focus on the two steps that are necessary increase productivity, save land areaOur american Landscape. Shives discussion in the development of adaptation policy for for nature, and reduce the use of pes-will explore the challenges of finding new U.S. marine and coastal ecosystems. The first ticides and herbicides? and is oceanways to capture the classic and iconic step establishes better-defined rights and re- aquaculture (mariculture) needed toAmerican National Parks—parks that have sponsibilities for commercial and recreational meet demand and protect wild fishbeen photographed hundreds of times over fisheries, and the second step establishes a stocks or a threat to the ocean?the years. Shive will reflect on the role of broader ocean governance framework that we invite you to join us in thelandscape photography in storytelling: how includes comprehensive planning, dominant exploration of issues like these in oura single photo can reveal a place through use zones, and ecological standards. four-week course.composition, layers, color, and light and how Dr. Jim Sanchirico is a professor of COsT | $50/members | $60 public | $10 extraall of these elements not only tell a story, Environmental Science and Policy at the fee for ceu creditbut can also capture the emotion of nature. University of California, Davis. His expertise WHERE | watershed classroomIn addition, Shive will specifically discuss encompasses the economic analysis of policy aquarium of the pacificthe challenges of shooting underwater, design and implementation for marine and 100 aquarium wayhow he overcomes these challenges, and terrestrial species conservation, the develop- long Beach, ca 90802the importance of shooting in underwater ment of economic-ecological models for fore- RsVP | 562-590-3100, ext. 0ecosystems to show the complete picture of casting the effects of resource managementour wilderness and national parks. policies on the economics and ecology, and the control and prevention of invasive species. He recently served on the National Research Council’s committee to review the U.S. Ocean Research Priorities Plan. Guest speaker sponsor: COsT | Free for Pacific Circle members | $4/members $8/non-members RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 13
  • Aquarium Programs and Events Bring your whole family and spend an evening exploring the Aquarium after dark during our Aquarium sleepovers. Discover the unique relationships and habitats of our ocean critters through hands-on activities and gallery observations. andrew reitsma fun aQuarium SleepoverS! aquarium tours aquarium sleepovers aquarium sleepovers These programs are opportunities to see the Pack your sleeping bag and toothbrush for a night Aquarium and its animals in a different light. of adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific. These SL FAMiLy SLEEPOvEr programs include a pizza dinner, snack, craft, cereal based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. AT BEhiND-thE-SCENES tOUrS breakfast, and T-shirt. Bring your whole family and spend an evening DAiLy | times vary exploring the Aquarium after dark. Discover Guests will go above our largest exhibit to SL BirthDAy PArty SLEEPOvEr the unique relationships and habitats of our feed the fishes, get a glimpse of areas behind based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. ocean critters through hands-on activities and Shark Lagoon, and see the development of Join us for an all-night celebration with a gallery observations. our new Molina Animal Care Center. special birthday party sleepover featuring COsT/PERsON | $50/member | $60/non-member animal touch time, a feeding opportunity, AgEs | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone COsT | $11/member | $15/non-member presentations, a behind-the-scenes tour, and gROuP sIzE | 20–60 participants does not include Aquarium admission crafts. Please bring your own birthday cake. RsVP | (562) 951-1630 AgEs | 7+ years LENgTH | one hour COsT | $60/member | $70/non-member gROuP sIzE | maximum 10 participants AgEs | 5+ years | one adult required per 10 children SL yOUth grOUP SLEEPOvEr MONDAy Or WEDNESDAy EvENiNgS RsVP | (562) 951-1630, online, or sign up on day of visit THEMEs | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. gROuP sIzE | 20–50 participants AT ANiMAL ENCOUNtErS RsVP | (562) 951-1630 Anchors aweigh as we become sailors in search SAtUrDAyS and SUNDAyS | see times below of the missing treasures of the sea. Investigate SL ADULt SLEEPOvEr the fascinating aquatic food web and follow a Join us for a very special experience to learn FriDAy, MArCh 5 | 6:00 p.m.–9:00 a.m. treasure map in search of ocean knowledge! about feeding and caring for some of our marine animals. Roll up your sleeves, prepare Enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the COsT/PERsON | $50/member | $60/non-member some food, and get ready to be up close and Aquarium at night. Unwind with yoga and AgEs | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone personal for a feeding with a seal, sea lion, meditation before meeting an animal, gROuP sIzE | 20–60 participants sea otter, or even a shark. There are lots of hearing an informal lecture by a marine RsVP | (562) 951-1630 surprises along the way, so be prepared to get educator, taking guided tours, seeing special your hands wet! presentations, and sleeping next to one of our large exhibits. Included are a gourmet THEMEs | Seals & Sea Lions 9:30–11:30 a.m. | Sharks pizza dinner with wine, beer, or soda and a 12:30–2:30 p.m. | Sea Otters 12:30–2:30 p.m. continental breakfast. COsT | $80/member | $90/non-member includes Aquarium admission COsT | $60/member | $70/non-member AgEs | 10+ years | Seals & Sea Lions | Sea Otters AgEs | 18+ years 13+ years | Sharks gROuP sIzE | 20-60 participants Some height restrictions apply. Participants under RsVP | (562) 951-1630 16 years must be accompanied by an adult RsVP | (562) 951-1630 14 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Aquarium Programs and Events special programs outdoor adventures Go beyond the Aquarium to participate in one of SP BirthDAy PArtiESAvAiLABLE By rESErvAtiON ONLy these offsite classes in the great outdoors.Let us make your childs next birthday OA NAtUrE By KAyAKcelebration special. The Aquarium will supply SUN., MArCh 14 | SUN., APriL 18 | SAt., MAy 15all the ingredients for an unforgettable party, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noonincluding a themed one-hour classroom Join us for a morning of gentle paddling in theprogram featuring animal touch time, Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve for anbiofact discovery, and a take home souvenir up-close view of nature. After an introductorycraft project. The party concludes with an lesson, you will be led on a naturalist-guidedadditional half hour in the classroom for nature kayak expedition. Both double and singlethe birthday celebration. Please bring your kayaks are available in this off-site class.own birthday cake. Aquarium admission is bY kaYak andrew reitsmaincluded. All you need to do is call us a least COsT | $53/member | $58/non-membertwo weeks prior to reserve a date (subject to AgEs | 11+ years, plus adult chaperone if under age 16availability), and then invite your guests. We WHERE | meets offsite | map included in confirmationalso offer birthday sleepovers. materials RsVP | (562) 951-1630COsT | $33/member | $39/non-member | 15 person minimum, includes Aquarium admission Youth Programs OA grAy WhALE WAtChAgEs | all ages, one adult required per 10 children SEASONALTHEMEs | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles YP JUNiOr BiOLOgiSt PrOgrAM Take a voyage with Harbor Breeze Cruises in SAtUrDAyS | 9:30–11:30 a.m. | topics vary, see belowgROuP sIzE | 15–45 participants search of whales as they migrate along our Participants will independently investigateINFO | (562) 951-1630 coastline. Learn about these gentle giants marine life during this exploratory program. from an Aquarium onboard educator. This class offers hands-on animal touch time, COsT | Members: $25/adult | $20/senior (ages 62+) Aquarium animal observation, and activities $15/child (ages 3-11) relating to each topic. Select the topic that Non-members (includes Aquarium admission): is most interesting, or take all the classes to $42.95/adult | $39.95/senior | $28.95/child learn about the variety of animals found at LENgTH | 2-2.5 hours the Aquarium. AgE | Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult TOPIC | Northern Pacific MarCH 13 (ages 7-10) RsVP | (562) 951-1630 MarCH 20 (ages 10-12) SP AQUAriUM ON WhEELS Tropical Pacific aPrIL 3 (ages 7-10)AvAiLABLE By rESErvAtiON ONLy OA DOLPhiN AND SEA LiFE CrUiSE aPrIL 10 (ages 10-12)The Aquarium on Wheels is dedicated to SEASONAL Sharks May 8 (ages 7-10)developing children’s appreciation for the May 15 (ages 10-12) The Pacific Ocean is home to many wondrouswonders of the ocean environment. Along COsT | $19/member | $24/non-member animals year ‘round. Join us as we search forwith an educational presentation, hands-on due to the popularity of this program, all dolphins, seals, sea lions, and marine birds participants must RSVP and pre-pay; does notactivities, and environmental message, our on our Dolphin and Sea Life Cruise. This is an include Aquarium admissionoutreach educational program provides experience you and your family will not soon RsVP | (562) 951-1630children the chance to touch sharks, sea forget.stars, anemones, urchins, and other marineinhabitants. This mobile tidepool exhibit COsT | Members: $25/adult, $20/senior (ages 62+) YP JOB ShADOW SAtUrDAyS | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.is not just for schools—it is also great for $15/child (ages 3-11) topics vary, see belowdisplay at festivals, fairs, and even birthday Non-members (includes Aquarium admission):parties. Aquarium on Wheels will deliver a $42.95/adult, $39.95/senior (ages 62+) This program is for students who arememorable experience for all! $28.95/child (ages 3-11) interested in animal husbandry or marine AgEs | Children under 16 must be accompanied by biology careers. Students will learn whatINFO | (562) 951-1630 an adult it takes to run a world-class aquarium and LENgTH | 2-2.5 hours get a hands-on opportunity to participate RsVP | (562) 951-1630 in everyday activities that help maintain the Aquarium. Students will go behind the scenes, shadowing education and husbandry staff. TOPIC | Aquarist MarCH 6 | Mammalogist aPrIL 3 Aviculturist May 1 COsT | $24/member | $29/non-member does not include Aquarium admission AgEs | grades 7–12 RsVP | (562) 951-1630Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 15
  • Aquarium Programs and Events in the Aquariums education classes, children investigate the ocean world in programs that include interactive and hands-on activities. these classes foster discovery as well as interaction in relationships. andrew reitsma DiSCover the oCean WorlD! Saturday family fun programs aqua tots aqua tots Children, along with a parent or adult chaperone, Toddlers team up with their parent or chaperone AQ SLiPPEry tO PriCKLy will investigate the ocean world in a structured for a first look into ocean life. Each of the Aqua Tots tUESDAy, MAy 4 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. classroom program that includes interactive programs focuses and expands on a particular concept and hands-on activities. These programs foster while encouraging adult and child interaction. Whether it’s a slippery sea cucumber, soft the students’ discovery as well as interaction in and velvety bat ray, prickly sea urchin, or relationships. AQ SOUNDS OF thE SEA simply the smooth shell of a hermit crab, thUrSDAy, MArCh 4 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. discover the many lovable and touchable FP ShArK SLEUthS creatures that live in the ocean. Learn what Shake, rattle, and roll as we listen to the SAtUrDAy, MArCh 27 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. can be explored safely as we use our sense of sounds of the ocean. Experience the wonder- Discover how sharks’ amazing adaptations touch on a journey through the Pacific Ocean. ful world of sea sounds, from the songs of a make them excellent predators. Get an up- big blue whale to the barking of a sea lion. close view of these creatures and others as AQ SUPEr SENSES OF thE SEA thUrSDAy, MAy 20 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. we learn all about sharks! AQ COLOrS OF thE OCEAN tUESDAy, MArCh 16 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. Smell the salty air and feel the cool breeze as FP MAgNiFiCENt MAriNE MAMMALS we use our senses to explore how ocean ani- Below the surface of the blue ocean are SAtUrDAy, APriL 24 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. mals use their sight, taste, touch, and hearing animals with amazing colors. Some are bright What is warm-blooded, hairy, breathes air, in their watery home. Immerse yourself in and flashy while others blend into the ocean and lives in the ocean? Marine mammals! Join the wonder and discovery of this interactive bottom. Discover some of these colorful ani- us as we learn the special ways sea otters, program. mals, and search for those that may be hiding. seals, sea lions, whales, and other marine mammals survive in the sea. AQ ShOrELiNE ShAPES COsT | aduLT-CHILd PaIr: $24/member tUESDAy, APriL 13 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. $30/non-member | addITIoNaL PerSoN: SEA JELLiES AND OthEr FP Did you know a sea jelly is shaped a lot $10/person, includes Aquarium admission iNCrEDiBLE iNvErtEBrAtES like a bell or that some fishes are as flat as AgEs | 2–3 years, plus adult chaperone SAtUrDAy, MAy 29 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. RsVP | (562) 951-1630 pancakes? In the Aquarium, there are eels so They may be spineless, but they are the skinny they look like shoestrings! Explore the backbone of nature. Join us as we learn all exciting shapes of ocean life through a craft, about jellies and their invertebrate relatives songs, and hands-on activities. that inhabit the ocean. AQ MOviN’ & grOOviN’ COsT | aduLT-CHILd PaIr: $24/member $36/non-member BENEAth thE SEA thUrSDAy, APriL 29 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. exTra PerSoN: $10/person (includes Aquarium admission) Roll like an otter and slide like a snail as we AgEs | 4–6 years, plus adult chaperone discover animals through movement. Explore RsVP | (562) 951-1630 the world of sea creatures by taking a closer look at the way they move. Join us as we move and groove like the animals beneath the sea! 16 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.
  • Aquarium Programs and Events Most educational a ChanCe to explore programs include animal touch time. oCean lifeandrew reitsma preschool programs preschool programs other classes Designed for young children to independently OC UNDEr thE SEA ShAPES explore marine life, each Preschool Program class AvAiLABLE By rESErvAtiON ONLy offers hands-on animal touch time, a craft project, story time, time to explore the Aquarium, a snack, The ocean is full of incredible animals and and activities relating to the project. vibrant colors. In this interactive educator- and video-led program, children will match ocean PP COLOrFUL COrALS animals, such as sharks and sea anemones, to thUrSDAy, MArCh 18 | 2:30–4:30 p.m. their shapes. This exciting program is designed Join us as we discover the undersea city of the especially for preschool and daycare groups. coral reef. Learn about the busy residents that COsT | $9/member or non-member (March–June) make their home in the cracks and crevices of $7.50/member or non-member (July– the reef. And see how colorful both a reef and February) its inhabitants can be. AgEs | 4–5 years | plus one free adult chaperone per 10 children PP SPiNELESS WONDErS LENgTH | 45 minutes thUrSDAy, APriL 8 | 2:30–4:30 p.m. PP "O" iS FOr OttErS gROuP sIzE | 20 student minimum SAtUrDAy, MAy 22 | 9:30–11:30 a.m. What do a sea anemone, an octopus, and RsVP | (562) 951-1630 Find out how a sea otter spends its day, both a snail all have in common? None of these above and below the water’s surface. Discover OC SEA LiFE StrOLL animals have backbones! Come along as we what tools they use to eat, what keeps them tUESDAy, APriL 27 | 8:30-9:30 a.m.. explore these amazing spineless creatures warm, and why their teeth are sometimes View the Aquarium before it opens! Bring and learn the fascinating ways they survive in purple. your child in a stroller for a close-up the ocean. COsT | $19/member | $24/non-member look at our exhibits. This class features a does not include Aquarium admission personalized Aquarium tour designed with AgEs | 4–5 years your toddler in mind. RsVP | (562) 951-1630 COsT | aduLT-CHILd PaIr: $14/member $20/non-member exTra PerSoN: $10/person, includes Aquarium admission AgEs | toddler, plus adult chaperone RsVP | (562) 951-1630 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 17
  • Aquarium Programs and Events volunTEEN evan Wright Growing up at the Aquarium E van wright’s path to volunteering started when his parents Phillip and lena signed up as charter members of the aquarium of the Pacific more than 10 years ago. The Wrights were frequent visitors to the Aquarium, and Evan, now 15, started L et the Aquarium of the Pacific turn your next special event into a night to remember. Available for attending summer day camps at age eight. He went back year after year. “I loved it. Every year unique evening events, ranging there was new information,” said Evan. “It never got old, and I always enjoyed it.” from a casual reception to a formal Once her son was too old to attend day sit-down dinner. Shark Lagoon and camps, Lena started thinking about other ways Evan could stay involved with the Aquarium. Cafe Scuba are also available for She suggested that he could volunteer, which is exactly what he did when he was old enough. early evening events. As a Volunteen, Evan worked five hours twice a week during the summer of 2009. He provided For more information information for Aquarium guests, assembled call 562.951.1663 or visit mystery boxes, and helped guests interact with aquariumofpacific.org. animals. “Volunteering last summer made it my best summer ever,” he said. “I was basically living the dream.” Although Evan is just starting to think about the future, he is sure that he has found a lifelong interest. “I’ll always be happy to tell people about the animals.” For more information on the Volunteen program, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org/ volunteer. “Volunteering last summer made it my best summer ever,” Evan said. “I was basically aquariumofpacific.org • 562 . 590 . 3100 living the dream.” 100 AquArium WAy Long BeAch, cA 90802 18 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Aquarium News Highlight andrew reitsmaperry hampton long beaCh breakWater should the Long Beach Breakwater be Altered to restore Vitality to the Beaches? A sea of Debate surrounds this Issue. L ocated about two miles offshore, The City of Long Beach has long been In October 2009 President Obama signed the long Beach Breakwater considering ways to improve water quality an appropriations bill that gives the U.S. Army makes up two-and-a-half miles and restore vitality to its beaches. In 2007 Corps of Engineers $90,000 to review the of the world’s largest manmade the City approved spending up to $100,000 City’s study on reconfiguring the Long Beach breakwater. The other two portions of the on a study. The results of a Moffat & Nichol Breakwater. The next step, which is entirely 8.4-mile long federal breakwater are the San study, presented in July 2009, made it clear up to the Corps of Engineers, would be a Pedro Breakwater and the Middle Breakwater that complete removal of the breakwater was four-year, $7 million feasibility study. The (named for being between the Long Beach not a viable option because of the potential feasibility study must be completed before and San Pedro segments). effects on shorelines, the Port of Long Beach, any alternative could be pursued, and the The Long Beach barricade was built during and coastal homes. There are four alternatives City of Long Beach would have to pay half World War II to protect the U.S. Navy’s Pacific for reconfiguring the breakwater, each with its of the cost. fleet from the threat of submarines and own pros and cons. The alternatives range in Meanwhile, the Long Beach Breakwater torpedoes. Construction began in 1941 and cost from $10 million to $310 million. is a protected habitat that is used by several was completed in 1949. In 1996 the Naval The four alternatives vary in the amount of bird species for roosting and nesting and Shipyard closed, leaving residents wondering change to the breakwater, ranging from lower- for several invertebrate species. Below the whether the breakwater was still necessary. ing it, breaking it up into staggered sections, ocean’s surface, a variety of invertebrates Once in place, the breakwater eliminated or leaving it alone. In one option that does and fish live on and around the breakwater. surf and increased the average time the not modify the breakwater, runoff from the Pink coralline algae, sea stars, sea urchins, water remained inside of it, compromising Los Angeles River is redirected away from the lobsters, and many fishes call the breakwater water quality. Removing the breakwater Long Beach Harbor with the construction of home. Above the surface, the breakwater is a would restore waves and improve water a 6,000-foot long rock structure in an effort popular resting spot for California sea lions, quality, but might pose problems of shore to keep pollutants out of the harbor. Each of pelicans, cormorants, and other sea birds. The erosion and rough waters for boats, the the four options has a positive impact on the quiet waters inside the breakwater create a Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and water quality. It is a matter of degree and juvenile nursery where young fishes thrive. the THUMS Oil Islands. other contentious tradeoffs. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Southern Supporters say altering the breakwater Overall, the Moffat & Nichol study states California/Baja Gallery features an exhibit will cut water pollution and debris, increase that Long Beach could see economic benefits on the marine environment found on the tourism in Long Beach, and increase property from changes to the breakwater. It estimates breakwater. Guests can see California golden values. Opponents argue that shippers and that the beach might draw an additional three gorgonian, California scorpionfish, horn and property owners need the breakwater for million visitors annually and that the City may swell sharks, rock wrasse, and the yel- protection from storm damage. The U.S. take in additional revenue in taxes and parking lowfin croaker. To learn more about the four Army Corps of Engineers maintains jurisdic- fees. The study also stresses that much more alternatives for the breakwater, please visit tion over the breakwater, meaning that its detailed analyses and a significant financial the Aquarium’s website at aquariumofpacific. fate is ultimately in the hands of the federal commitment will be required before any org. Look under the multimedia section for government. decision is made. podcasts on each of the options. spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 19
  • KiDS CornerBehave a MaJor Part of aniMal Care is stimulating brain activity through various kinds of exercise. Animal training does exactly that. For example, our sea lions are trained to doto Amaze! a variety of activities such as moving to designated areas in an exhibit, moving specific flippers, speaking (or “barking,” rather), jumping, and balancing. Some animals are given toys and some also have to figure out a puzzle to get their food. Such activities help the animals stay healthy and intelligent.An animal’s mind is very active Animal trainers communicate within the wild: staying alert for animals with hand signals. it takespredators and prey, looking fora mate, looking for safe areasto rest, and more.contributed by sabreena kasbati trAiNErS hAND SigNAL
  • time and patience to train an animal to do different things. if an Green nape Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus haematodusanimal does the correct behavior in response to a trainer’s cue,it gets rewarded with food. if the animal does not do the correctbehavior, it does not get rewarded. this is called positive rein-forcement. they reinforce the good behavior with something theanimal wants and needs. Over time the animal will learn differ-ent hand signals and behaviors for mental and physical health.DireCtionS: Lorikeet Forest1. look at the trainer’s hand 3. by figuring out the maze, signal near the maze. can you figure out which sea lion has responded correctly2. then look at the images to the trainer’s hand signal? of the sea lions reacting the correct sea lion is the one to the hand signal. that connects to the food. prehensiLe-taiLed porcupine Coendou prehensilisFishing forKnowledge! ? ? ? ? expLorer’s Cove 1. Reinforcing an animal’s behavior with food or other rewards is called __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ reinforcement. 2. Animals are asked to do different activities or behaviors for mental and physical __ __ __ __ __ __. Giant pacific octopus Enteroctopus dofleini3. It is important and healthy for an animal to __ __ __ __ __ just as you do at school. Last Issue’s Questions and Answers: 1. Baby fish in the larval stage are known as larvae. 2. One obstacle that can stop fish from surviving is overfishing, which is caused by people taking too many fish from the ocean. 3. Fish have a stage in their life where they are zooplankton, a microscopic animal that drifts in the water. North paCiFiC GaLLery spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 21
  • Member Specials Green nape Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus haematodus members! rEgiStEr tODAy AND CUStOMizE yOUr physicaL characteristics MEMBErShiP With thESE grEAt BENEFitS. This subspecies of Rainbow Lorikeets reaches 10 inches (26 cm) in length and about 5 ounces (133 g) in weight. This colorful bird is distinguished by its blue-violet Join our new ✔ Purchase extra print-at-home tickets with your member discount! and exclusive head, a green stripe across the nape or back of its neck, its red breast feathers edged ✔ Buy advance tickets to 3D films, Behind-fun fact the-Scenes tours, and other onsite in blue, and green wings tipped in black. ItsWhen lorikeetchicks are born, underside is red-orange and yellow. habitat Aquarium online opportunities ✔ renew or purchase membershipsthey are aboutthe size of aquarter. When Found in Northern and Eastern Australia, they live in a variety of habitats: rainforests, community. quickly and easily ✔ go green by requesting paperlessthe chicks are woodlands, mangroves, forest, parks, orchards, and coconut plantations. communicationthis small andfragile, the diet ✔ Update your personal informationparents must The majority of their food is nectar and ✔ Be the first to know about special offerstake care of pollen, but they will occasionally eat fruits, and discountsthem. unripe grains, seeds, and insect larvae. Sign up for free today at www.aquariumofpacific.org/register prehensiLe-taiLed porcupine Save the Date Coendou prehensilis physicaL characteristics Prehensile-tailed porcupines are arboreal mammals, meaning that they live in the trees. They wrap their tails around tree limbs to help with balancing and climbing. Their bodies are covered in short, barbed quills, which help with defense. They livefun fact up to 10-12 years old and grow to 2-3 feet (61-91 cm) in length.The Aquarium’sstaff spread habitata variety of They live in the forests of Central Americascents aroundour porcupine’s and Mexico to northern South America.home to dietencourage hisnatural behavior They feed on a variety of forest fruits,of using his nose leaves, flowers, roots, and stems.to find food. Heenjoys a varietyof vegetablesand fruits. SaturDaY, June 12, 2010 Giant pacific octopus Enteroctopus dofleini Join the Aquarium of the Pacific in honoring writer physicaL characteristics and director Jerry Zucker and producer Janet Zucker On average, giant Pacific octopuses for their outstanding achievements in connecting grow to be 16 feet (5 m) long and up to 110 pounds (50 kg) in weight. They live science to the entertainment industry. for three to five years. These intelligent animals are typically red-brown in color,fun fact but can change color, shape, and texture to camouflage. Each of their eight armsTo provide has around 2,000 suction cups forintellectual grasping food.care and keep habitat MEMBour octopuses ERhappy, aquarists They live in temperate to cold waters of SPECISA NLY -O Lchallenge themwith puzzles the Pacific Ocean from California to Alaska to Japan. sAVE 20% this spring on all merchandise!and mazes to diet Present your membership card along with this coupon to receive an additional 10% discount in conjunctionfind their food, They hunt at night on a variety of fish, with your member discount, for a total of 20% off merchandise in Pacific Collections and the Shark Shack.live crabs, and shrimp, crab, lobster, and sometimescomplex toys. sharks and birds. 22 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010 This coupon is valid through 05/31/10 inside Pacific Collections and the shark shack. Valid as a one-time offer. Cannot be combined with any other offer. no cash value. restrictions may apply. n-0510-A
  • Aquarium News Highlight Jeanne M. Brodeur, the Aquarium’s vice president of development, passed away on October 19, 2009 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Jeanne joined the staff of the Aquarium on October 7, 2003.Jeanne m. broDeur In Loving Memory D uring Jeanne Brodeurs time at the Aquarium, she The Jeanne M. Brodeur Woman to Woman Campaign launched the capital campaign, started the annual provides women who are undergoing cancer treatment Sea Fare fundraising event, and secured critical and who are in financial need access to tests, procedures, funds for numerous conservation and education investigational drugs, and other medical expenses that canprograms. Her more than 35 years of philanthropic experi- save or extend their lives and increase their quality of life.ence in strategic planning and major gift and capital fund The Aquarium will always be grateful to Jeanne for herraising, along with her strong track record in raising millions steadfast leadership and dedication. She was a mentorof dollars for other non-profits as a consultant, helped to take and a friend. Her passion for life and her giving nature willthe Aquarium’s fundraising programs to the next level. be remembered and will always serve as an inspiration. When Jeanne was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, she The entire staff and board are extremely grateful forwas quick to notice that there were others in greater financial her contributions.need than her. At the time she said, “I sit in the chemo infusion A scholarship fund has been created in Jeanne’sroom for hours. Looking around the room, one of the things memory to carry on her passion for education. Donationsthat struck me is that some of the people don’t have access to made to the Jeanne M. Brodeur Scholarship Fund will bringgood medical insurance and don’t have the means to pay for underserved students to the Aquarium. The Engvall family,the extra expenses over and above what is covered. How do the DeCristofaros, Ira Goldstone, the John W. Carsonthese people get treatment?” Being the consummate philan- Foundation, and many other donors have already contributedthropy professional, Jeanne began a campaign to answer her to this special endowment fund that now totals more thanown question. $43,000. For more information about the Jeanne M. Brodeur Through the Pacific Shores Hematology-Oncology Scholarship Fund, please call (562) 951-1605.Foundation, Jeanne began the Woman to WomanCampaign, which has now been renamed in her honor. spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 23
  • Aquarium News funDraiSing highlightS The Aquarium of the Pacific relies on support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government partners to support its mission with contributions to the operating budget or to a diverse range of projects. ■ eisner foundation Contributes ■ bureau of reclamation the aquarium with a $30,000 grant in to new education program Doubles funding october to the aquarium education Fund. The eisner Foundation awarded a grant Last april the Bureau of reclamation This funding supports the entire range of of $100,000 in october, providing crucial donated $40,000 for the addition educational opportunities and outreach support for the aquarium’s new rISeabove of a drought-resistant garden on programs offered by the aquarium and (raising the Impact of Science education) the aquarium’s front lawn. This fall serves more than 240,000 students, program. rISeabove will strategically the Bureau increased the funding to teachers and community members broaden and deepen the success of the $80,000. aquarium visitors will see a each year through innovative classroom existing aquarium partnership with César working model of sustainable gardening programs, internships for high school and e. Chavez elementary School and will and low-flow irrigation. Free native college students, distance learning and allow the aquarium to extend similar landscaping classes are held in the teacher resources, as well as numerous efforts to Washington Middle School. The aquarium’s Watershed Classroom. seminars, lectures, and events for program will measurably enhance and aquarium members and the public. strengthen science education at these ■ miller foundation provides two underserved schools that serve a grant to Scholarship fund ■ b.C. mcCabe foundation segment of Long Beach unified School Long-time supporters of the aquarium, provides Youth Scholarships district’s K-8 student population. the Miller Foundation granted $35,000 The aquarium Scholarship Fund brings towards the aquarium Scholarship Fund. science and environmental education ■ noaa Supports underserved children from Head Start to life for disadvantaged youth, and the ocean Science education programs and Title I schools in Long B.C. McCabe Foundation has provided In october 2009 the aquarium Beach will be given the opportunity to $25,000 in order to do just that. With received a Noaa (National oceanic visit the aquarium, participate in the schools facing ever-increasing budget and atmospheric administration) grant aquarium’s engaging classroom and cuts, support for informal education to fund a new exhibit that will focus theater educational programs, and programs is now more critical than on ocean science and climate change explore 32 focus exhibits showcasing ever. The aquarium is uniquely education programs. The $985,000 19 major habitats and 11,000 positioned to provide interactive, grant will help the aquarium tell global inhabitants of the Pacific ocean. hands-on, standards-based learning stories on the rapid changes confronting experiences to children with limited our planet as a result of climate change. ■ noaa fisheries Service access to quality science education. funds red abalone Cultivation ■ boeing Company Charitable The aquarium received a grant from the ■ engvall family Supports trust Supports ocean education Southwest regional office of Noaa brodeur Scholarship fund a $50,000 grant from Boeing Company Fisheries Service for a two-year red In october the engvall family donated Charitable Trust provided sole funding abalone captive rearing, cultivation, $25,000 to the Jeanne M. Brodeur for the 2009 Boeing Teacher Institute and outreach project. Noaa Fisheries Scholarship Fund to honor the lifetime (BTI) as well as support for the aquarium pledged $32,695 in 2008. By successfully achievements of a non-profit executive Scholarship Fund. This year’s BTI provided cultivating red abalone while becoming who served as the vice president of 28 enthusiastic local educators with an certified as a disease-free facility, this development at the aquarium until her intensive weeklong workshop through project will pave the way for the aquarium passing in october 2009. The fund was hands-on exploration at Catalina Island to serve as an additional West Coast created to commemorate her passion and a valuable introduction to the abalone culturing resource for other for education. In addition to the engvall’s aquarium’s resources. at the end of abalone species, including the endangered donation, many others have contributed the week, teachers were invigorated by white abalone. The aquarium has also to this fund, which now totals more their renewed enthusiasm for teaching. created an interactive educational display than $43,000. The Jeanne M. Brodeur each was ready to return to their to inform our visitors of the ecological, Scholarship Fund is an endowment classrooms with an increased comfort economic, and cultural significance to be held in perpetuity. each year a with teaching ocean science. Funding of this valuable coastal species. portion of the interest will be used to for the Scholarship Fund allows more bring underserved schoolchildren to students from underserved communities ■ norris foundation the aquarium and to carry on Brodeur’s in the Greater Los angeles area to visit gives to education fund legacy of philanthropy. Please see the aquarium and participate in one The Kenneth T. and eileen L. Norris the tribute to Brodeur on page 23. of our conservation-themed classes. Foundation continued their support of 24 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Aquarium NewsaQuarium aCColaDeSThe Aquarium celebrates two successful fundraisers: Sea Fare and the Honda Raffle. We alsocongratulate three outstanding individuals that received honors at our cultural festivals. antonio resendiz, Baja Splash | heritage award executive officers aquarium board of directors In recognition of his ocean conservation efforts in the Gulf of California and his dedication to the local Dr. Jerry R. Schubel Hispanic communities, antonio resendiz received the president and ceo Baja Splash Heritage award. The aquarium honored Mr. David Kane resendiz for his lifelong achievements in sea turtle cfo conservation and his work in creating a sustainable Ms. Barbara Long coastal community in Bahía de Los angeles. resendiz corporate secretary has been a champion of conservation through sustainable eco-tourism that benefits both wildlife board of directors and the local economy. In his work, he has trans-Successful Sea fare fundraiser formed poachers to eco-tourism guides and has been Mr. James M. BreslauerThe aquarium’s sixth annual Sea Fare fundraising instrumental in endangered sea turtle conservation. Mr. Howard Chambersevent was held on Saturday, october 17, 2009. More If you ever visit Bahía de Los angeles to swim with Mr. Stephen Conleythan $135,000 was raised by over 600 supporters whale sharks or sea lions, your boat guide will mostfor aquarium education and conservation initiatives. likely be someone whose life was changed because Mr. Craig CooningGuests bid on auction items while sampling cuisine of resendiz. Today he is involved on developing a Mr. Edwin Feofrom over 20 local restaurants and other food provid- management master plan of the Bahia de Los angeles Mr. John Fielderers. a first-ever $500 cash raffle was a huge success reserve.along with the popular “Go Fish” opportunity game. Ms. Jennifer Hagle board secretaryMany thanks to our guests, sponsors, participating angi ma Wong, Mr. James C. Hanklarestaurants, and auction donors for their support. Autumn Festival | heritage award Mr. Roy Hearrean at the autumn Festival, California assemblymemberhonda raffle Winner Mr. Russell T. Hill Ted W. Lieu (d-Torrance) presented the aquarium’s Vice chairmanCongratulations to robert Coy, winner of the 2009 Heritage award to angi Ma Wong, who is alsoHonda Go Green raffle! This years raffle raised nearly Mr. Samuel King known as the Feng Shui Lady. She retired from the$45,000 towards the aquariums vital education and Los angeles unified School district after 33 years Mr. Bert Levyconservation efforts. Thank you to all who purchased as a teacher, job developer, coordinator, and public Mr. Steven Mayertickets and to american Honda Motor Co., Inc. for relations advisor. Wong founded her feng shui Ms. Janice Mazycktheir donation of the raffle prize of a 2010 Honda consulting and corporate training services in 1989,Insight Hybrid. and she opened Pacific Heritage Books in 1993. Wong Mr. John Molina is an award-winning businesswoman and the author Dr. J. Mario Molina chairmanaung m. naing, of several children’s books and feng shui publications. Through consulting, seminars, training, public speak-Southeast Asia Day | heritage award Mr. Stephen Olson ing, and writing, Wong facilitates communication and Mr. Douglas OttoThe aquarium presented its Heritage award to com- profitability between asians and non-asians globally.munity leader aung M. Naing on Southeast asia day. Passionate about community service, literacy, and Ms. Lynne M. PresloNaing is the president and cofounder of the Network empowerment for women and girls, Wong is one of Mr. Christopher Rommelof Myanmar american association, called NetMaa. the rare asian-american women on the international Dr. Jerry R. SchubelThe non-profit organization serves the Myanmar speaking circuit. Wong has done much to empowercommunity and promotes the art and culture of her clients, readers, and her community. Mr. Michael SondermannMyanmar, also known as Burma. Because of Naing’s Mr. Marvin J. Suomiefforts, younger generations of Myanmar americans Mr. Peter Tongwho have become removed from Burmese culture canbecome reconnected with their heritage. under his Mr. Eisuke Tsuyuzakileadership, NetMaa has been able to provide com- Mr. Thomas Turneymunity outreach programs, including Myanmar arts Ms. Denise Wynnand culture events, a Myanmar film festival, a photoexhibition, and benefit concerts. Mr. Stephen Young www.aquariumofpacific.org spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 25
  • Aquarium News 2009 paCifiC CirCle memberS  Dr. Carl, Elise, and  John T. Shadden, Smith Barney paCifiC CirCle LEvELS OF giviNg Otto and Shirley Henke Shelby Hartman  Cynthia K. Shelton  Jenny and Dave Shlemmer the Aquarium of the Pacific is proud to recognize  $100,000+ .........Platinum Ann M. Herring  Marilyn and Ron Sion the society of donors known as the Pacific Circle.  $50,000+ .................. gold Joseph Herron and Patricia Baird  Jeanne B. Sleeper These committed individuals and corporations  $25,000+ ..................Silver Russell and Avalon Hill  Jean Bixby Smith provide critical support for the Aquarium’s annual op-  $15,000+................Copper Valerie and Bob Hoffman  Dr. Preston and Nancy Smith erations and mission-driven programs. The Aquarium Mark and Mary Hoover  $10,000+ ................Bronze  Richard and Luan Smith sends its sincerest thanks to each member and Janet Horenstein  $5,000+ .............Chairman  Michael and Mildred Sondermann appreciates their inspiring dedication and generosity. Albert C. Hu and  $2,500+ ............... Director  Jeffrey Spofford Michele E. Brantner this listing does not include donations to our education  $1,500+ ..............President Dr. Masashi and Teruko Itano  Charles and Ellen Steinmetz fund, scholarship fund, Ocean conservation awards  $1,000+ .............Executive Joel Kessler  Paul and Marcia Stelling Gala, capital campaign, and other special projects. Mary F. Kiddie  Eiko and Floyd Stewart Michael and Catherine King Peter and Marian Stocking  Jeanne and Ron Kipp  Alexandra and Terrence Sullivan Patrick M. Kohler  Takehiko Suzuki and Deborah May Bronze Sponsor ($10,000+)  Richard and Kathy Gomez Robert and Debbie Autrey  R.J. Kurtz  David Thompson  Brek Manufacturing Company Bob and Jennifer Hagle Kam Babaoff Richard and Linda Landes LBS Financial Credit Union  Janie Thompson James and Elizabeth Breslauer John and Elizabeth Hancock Doug and Connie Baker Bucky Hazan Mark and Joyce Barnett Coral and Ron Levin John and Cindy Timberlake  Dr. Dominic and Roy and Elda Hearrean Rob Bellevue and Michael and Vanessa Lewis  William and Karen Timberlake Margaret DeCristofaro Edwin and Maryann Feo Ron Heiman and Agnes Mulhearn Gary and Gretchen Marlotte Scott and Tracey Tozier  Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Janice Riley Heiman Barbara Bixby Blackwell  Margie and Jon Masterson  Tuna Club Foundation March Vision Care Madeline and Donald Heimark Phil and Charlene Bosl  Cindy L. Matsumoto and  Tom Turney and Jill Boivin Secure Transportation Radm John and Nancy Higginson  Carter and Barbara Boswell Gary Y. Matsumoto, Ed.D.  Union Bank Wells Fargo Matt and Lisa Humphreys  Bonnie Brae Jan Mazyck  John and Judi Uphold Michael and Diane Jensen  George and Judy Breshears Alison McClure  John G. Uriostegui Mary Ellen Kilsby  Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Nancy and Chas Merrill  Chris and Peter Valli Chairman Level ($5,000+) Trish and Don Lange  Howard and Debbie Chambers Henry J. Meyer  William Waterhouse and  Anonymous Bert Levy  Andrew and Diana Cohen Barbara Long David and Cynthia Mirsky Loraine Ackerman Peri Marek and Peg Urvoas David Comer and Elsie Tucker  John and Michelle Molina  Jane Wright Stephen and Patricia Chazen Margaret A. Maw  Cindy and John Costello Corinne and Bruce Monroe  Leah C. Young Kenneth and Jeanne Conklin Kelly Sutherlin McLeod and  Marjorie Countryman David and Charlotte Morrison  Steve and Marlene Young John and Joan Knight Steven B. McLeod  John Crochet Carlotta Neri  Windes & McClaughry Jack and Mary McFerran Mario and Therese Molina  John and Doreen Dameron Kathie Nirschl Neil McLean and Hilary Garland Jeffrey Morgan and Kim Knepper  Councilmember Gary and Alex and Margie Norman Executive Level ($1,000+) Phyllis Miller Mona and Dr. Jeffrey W. Morris Dawna DeLong Douglas Otto and Dr. Alan Robb and William and Kathleen Mudd Steve Dodge  Freda Hinsche Otto  Anonymous Dr. Guadalupe Padilla-Robb Laura and Andria Dougherty Vince and Devon Cichoski Marsha Naify  Caroline Owre and Melissa Butler  Richard and Elizabeth Steele Fund Adrianne DuMond Meera Deo and Manoj Kulkarni Michael K. Nakashoji  Richard and Donice Pancost  UBS Dr. Charles and Margaret Durnin Erik Giventer and Chris Rendino Patrick V. Gough Co., Inc.  Rosellen and Harry Papp  John C. and Patricia L. Wang Don and Gay Durward Robert and April Juarez Pennycollector.com  Joan B. Pauloo  Dennis C. Poulsen and Steven L. and Karen M. Eakle  John F. Penny  Sarah Kaleel Director Level (2,500+) Suzanne M. Poulsen  Jean Egan Q. Scott and Hiroe Kaye  Nancy and Byron Pinckert  Anonymous Lynne Preslo-Sawka and  Viktoria Engel Tyer and  Sam Lantinga and Dr. Wayne Sawka Lyn and John Pohlmann Emily Engel Lauren MacDonell Dr. Mary Jane Adams Barbara A. Pollack and Securitas Security Charles Z. and Meri L. Fedak  John and Corinne Bertrand John A. Burkholder  Edmund and Teresa Lohr Services USA, Inc.  Cecile Fisher and Richard Boucher and Andrew Quintero and  Carol McCallum and Sony Pictures Entertainment Isaias Castellanos Andrea Amram Cristine Wolf Susan Sadowski Barbara H. Stevens Walt and Linda Florie  Jeanne M. Brodeur Charles and Deborah Reames  Lindsey Philpott and Todd and Karen Stevens  Suzanne Forman Kim E. Moore The Kleiner Cohen Foundation Janet and Fred Riedman Richard and Barbara Stratton  Russ and Karen Frerer Dow Parkes and Sharon Taylor Donald and Sally Clark Jonathan and Barbara Roth  Scott Sweetow and  Debbie and Bob Fults Steve and Fran Conley John and Susanne Rouse  Scott and Nicole Pearson Lisa Green-Sweetow  Geof Garth Craig R. Cooning Nicholas L. Saakvitne and  Anthony Pichardo and Peter and Virginia Ueberroth  Rocky and Deborah Gentner Gordon and Susan DesCombes Sharon L. Heritage Morgan Barrows  Sandra B. George Jonathan and Jamie Saltman  Ned and Irene Sasaki Dr. James and Sue Femino/ Femino Foundation President Level ($1,500+)  Gippys Internet Solutions, LLC Tina and Brian Sarty  John and Susan Shultz John Fielder and Donita Van Horik  Anonymous (2)  Jim and Gail Gray Jerry R. and Margaret H. Schubel  Richard and Amy Toyama William A. Garlin, Jr. Tamara Achauer  Gary Grimm and Kurt Schulzman and Richard Neri Mike and Lorri Whitney  Linda Dakin-Grimm Frederick and Leslie Gaylord David and Merryl Alpert Russell S. Schwartz and  Douglas Yakich and James C. and Jorene Hankla  Jacky Glass Len and Karen Atkins Susan D. Goland Jacqueline Jordan to learn more about how to become a pacific circle member, please contact the aquarium of the pacific development office at (562) 951-1664. this list is current as of december 2009.  26 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  • Conservation Corner Copenhagen anD Carbon CompromiSeSsarah swain an unClear ConSenSuS on Climate aCtionS This past December the largest international gathering on climate change took place in Copenhagen. Expectations were high, and people from all over the world hoped that the almost 200 world leaders attending would agree to a binding international treaty. I f you attended the aquarium’s Scarium of the pacific A rise in sea level of even one or two feet could have significant last halloween weekend, you may have noticed our negative consequences for low-lying coastal areas along the con- focus on international Climate action Day. In addition tinental U.S. as well as on islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific. to providing education on the importance of reducing the Many of these coastal areas are heavily populated cities, where carbon in the atmosphere, our staff encouraged guests to sign erosion, flooding, and rising groundwater levels could flood build- postcards to President Obama. The cards urged the President to ings, roads, subway systems, agriculture, various other essential speak strongly in favor of lower emissions at the United Nations services, and (not the least of all) people’s lives. In addition, while Climate Change Conference. not part of climate change directly, ocean acidification is a result of The 15th meeting, held this past December in Copenhagen, was carbon dioxide emissions being absorbed in the ocean, decreasing the largest international gathering on climate change actions since pH (raising acidity), and causing negative impacts on many marine the international meeting in Kyoto, Japan in 1997. A binding treaty animal’s habitats and biodiversity collectively. from Copenhagen was not agreed upon. Instead, world leaders Much is at stake, and it is imperative that each country takes pledged to reduce carbon emissions and increase aid to develop- responsibility to solve its problems of climate change. The world’s ing nations. The resulting Copenhagen Accord that was finalized two largest emitters, the U.S. and China, have agreed to reduce by the U.S., India, China, Brazil, and South Africa stipulates that emissions. While the Copenhagen conference was taking place, the global warming must not exceed two degrees centigrade, but did U.S. courts gave the Environmental Protection Agency the power to not set out precisely how this will be accomplished or regulated. regulate carbon dioxide emissions through the Clean Air Act. But The European Union and the rest of the countries have not signed the U.S. is offering to cut its emissions by only 4% from its 1990 the accord. As of now, it is only a draft and has to be adopted by levels by 2020. In order to get at or below the 350 parts per million consensus by the 193 members of the United Nations Framework of carbon dioxide that scientists say is the uppermost limit to be Convention on Climate Change to come into effect. Therefore, a safe, the U.S. and the rest of the developed world would need to binding agreement has been promised for the 16th climate change reduce carbon emissions by at least 40 percent. conference in Mexico City in 2010. In the meantime, the U.S. has Ultimately, each and all of us need to be active to sustain a work to do in passing its comprehensive climate and energy legisla- healthy ocean and planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has a tion and starting enforcement. responsibility to share information with our guests in ways that Climate change affects the ocean, which in turn affects each of inspire and engage people’s interest. Since research shows that us. Greenland, the Arctic, Antarctica, and the Himalayas are areas ocean systems are being disrupted quickly by human activities, we that have ice sheets melting beyond the average predictions of the each need to intensify our actions as ocean stewards. Our guest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate mod- speaker series and Aquatic Academy classes offer several sources els. Sea level has risen in accordance with the melting of glaciers for education. and sea ice at a rate of about 80% more than IPCC projections. Such sea level rise can create extreme weather, potentially intensify the bleaching of coral reefs, and would demand the relocation of coastal populations. spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 27
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