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2006 Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Report

  1. 1. aquarium of the pacific 2 0 0 6 A N N U A L R E P O R T
  2. 2. Table of Contents3 Introduction5 Message from the President and Chairman6 Tribute to Warren Iliff8 Exhibitions10 Educational Programming12 Festivals and Events14 Marine Conservation Research Institute19 Sustainable Practices20 Volunteers23 Fundraising28 Aquarium Contributors32 Financial Overview34 Board Members and OfficersANNUAL REPORT STAFFAlexi Holford, editor and writerAndrew Reitsma, graphic designerCecile Fisher, editorial advisor and copy editor 2006 annual report CELEBRATING OUR PLANET’S LARGEST and most diverse body of water, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California is the only aquarium in the world to focus solely on the Pacific Ocean. Featuring 12,500 animals that represent 500 species, the Aquarium of the Pacific highlights these ocean ambassadors and their habitats in more than 50 exhibits and hundreds of programs. The goal is to bring awareness of the importance of the ocean to not only the animals that live there, but also to each and every person on our planet. Most importantly, the Aquarium achieves this through uniquely connecting and celebrating California’s diverse ethnic communities.Thanks to a donation from Mike Cabrera of Ace Commercial, Inc., this annual report is printedon 100% post-consumer recycled paper. To further conserve our natural resources, additionalcopies of this report are available online at the Aquarium’s website. 3
  3. 3. message from the president and chairman POINT CONCEPTION SAN MIGUEL SANTA CRUZ ANACAPA LOS ANGELES SANTA ROSA LONG BEACH E ARE PLEASED TO REPORT that 2006 was another productive year for the Aquarium of the SANTA BARBARA SANTA CATALINA W Pacific. We had our fifth consecutive year of attendance increases, ending the year at 1.35 million visitors. Membership held steady at more than 40,000 active households, which is more than 100,000 individual members. Our educational programming reached almost 200,000 schoolchildren while we expanded our presence at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, California State University at both the Long Beach and Dominguez Hills campuses, the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve, in homeschooling, SAN NICOLAS and on a number of other fronts. On the financial front, we successfully met the challenge of our first year of increased rent payment to the City of Long Beach. Another challenge was the rising cost of gasoline, which affects the patronage of zoos, theme parks, and cultural institutions. We increased our efforts in ocean education and conservation. In June 2006 a two-day national Conference on Ocean Literacy (CoOL) was held in Washington, D.C. to carry out the recommendations identified in the SAN CLEMENTE President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan. As the West Coast site of five concurrent regional conferences participating in CoOL via satellite, the Aquarium of the Pacific brought together 119 participants to respond to the national recommendations with regard to our regional concerns. With a population of more than 35 million, California has a great responsibility to contribute to a healthy ocean. To address ocean issues, the California and World Ocean Conference ‘06 took place in Long Beach in September. The emphasis was on making connections among researchers, managers, policy makers, and the general public to positively influence the relationships of humans with the ocean. Aquarium staff organized ENSENADA several sessions and participated as speakers in others. The Aquarium hosted the closing reception of CWO ‘06. It was a sold out event that featured sustainable seafood provided by our Sustainable Seafood Forum. The Aquarium continues to make conservation through stewardship an important and integral part of our mission. The Southern California Bight is the bay formed by the indention of the coastline from Point Conception to just below Ensenada, a distance of 186 miles (300 km). This area is significant because of complex circulation patterns that may affect our weather and its abundance of natural resources. The Southern California Bight also faces particular On a personal note, we were saddened by the loss of Founding President Warren Iliff. His buoyant spirit and threats and challenges due to human activities. dedication were an inspiration to us all. The creativity and hard work of the Aquarium staff and board have contributed to another year of success. We thank you for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific. As you learn more about us on the pages of this annual report, know that we are already building on what we have accomplished this year for a future that is strong and bright. BRINGING OCEAN LITERACY AND AWARENESS of environmental concerns such as Sincerely, global warming and sustainable seafood to its 1.35 million annual visitors and beyond, the Aquarium has broadened its role to also encompass the presentation of Jerry R. Schubel, president and CEO science and conservation issues in ways that are accessible to the general public. Howard Chambers, chairman, Board of Directors4 5
  4. 4. in memory Warren J. Iliff, 1936-2006 THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC REACHED the end of an era with the passing of Warren Iliff on August 5, 2006. Staff and friends of the Aquarium think back with appre- ciation for his kindness, his humor, his friendship, and with respect for all that he achieved as our founding president and CEO. Iliff was born in Madison, Wisconsin on November 5, 1936. Long before the start of his official career in the zoo and aquarium world, Iliff’s love of nature was revealed in the jungles of Central America, where he worked as a pilot. There, his backyard was filled with monkeys, parrots, and other exotic creatures. He had a deep love for animals and the environment. Iliff launched his zoo and aquarium career at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. as a special assistant to the director from 1963-1967, executive director of the Friends of the National Zoo from 1967-1969, and the assistant director for education and exhibits from 1969-1971. Ghislaine and Warren Iliff From Washington, D.C., he moved to the Oregon Zoo in Portland, where he served as director from 1975-1983. He was then director at the Dallas Zoo and Aquarium from 1983-1990. Iliff served as president of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) from 1986-1987 after having served on numerous committees. Following the Dallas Zoo, Iliff moved on to a position as executive director of the Phoenix Zoo from 1990-1996. In 1996 Iliff came to the Aquarium of the Pacific. He arrived two years before the Aquarium opened and was an integral part of getting the Aquarium off the ground and running. His enthusiasm was key to attracting supporters and getting the community on board. He made the Aquarium of the Pacific a special place to work and visit, a symbol of community outreach, and a destination where the wonder and magic of the Pacific Ocean come alive. In June of 2002 Iliff retired from his post as the Aquarium of the Pacific’s founding president and CEO and was officially named president emeritus. “During his tenure, Iliff served as an incredible leader and visionary, whose energy and enthusiasm elevated the Aquarium of the Pacific to become a leading aquarium and community resource,” said Jerry Schubel. Iliff will be remembered at the Aquarium of the Pacific and beyond. The Warren Iliff Splash Zone is a classroom where children will continue “DURING HIS TENURE, Iliff served as an incredible to be excited and educated about marine education. Our recognition listing of education donors in the Great Hall is dedicated to Warren’s leader and visionary, whose energy and enthusiasm memory as well. Thanks to the support of donors at the Aquarium of the Pacific, we have established an endowment—The Iliff Infectious elevated the Aquarium of the Pacific to become a Enthusiasm Fund. This fund will honor his passion for education and conservation and inspire it in others for generations to come. He shall leading aquarium and community resource.” surely be missed by us all. – Jerry Schubel6 7
  5. 5. new exhibitions Dazzling and Dangerous—Venomous Creatures New Animals DAZZLING touch pool allowed guests to touch these The Aquarium is grateful for the many IN 2006 THE AQUARIUM of shallow areas. But bull sharks are also life is devastating, and deadly evidence can AND DANGEROUS— animals while learning about their predomi- partnerships that helped to make this the Pacific put two new ani- impacted by human activities in their be found in the stomachs of many animals, VENOMOUS CREATURES nance in nearby Seal Beach waters and how exhibition possible. Brent Karner, the director mals on display: a bull shark inshore habitats and are at risk from from birds to whales. Marine debris is also debuted in the summer to avoid them with the “sting ray shuffle.” of the Insect Zoo at the Natural History and a bowmouth guitarfish. Both animals are longline fisheries. By featuring animals one of the most preventable environmental of 2006. The new yearlong exhibition high- Kids enjoyed peeking inside a log to find Museum of Los Angeles County, and Russ of particular note because of their intrinsic such as our bull shark in Shark Lagoon, the threats, and suggestions on what the lighted a wide variety of both aquatic and a noisy rattlesnake replica hidden within. Smith, curator of reptiles at the Los Angeles beauty, but also because of their significance Aquarium hopes to dispel some of the myths public can do were included in the exhibit. land animals that were either venomous or New animals were added to each of the Zoo, provided a great deal of assistance, as ambassadors for their species. surrounding these important ocean predators. poisonous. From the blue-ringed octopus, lionfish, scorpionfish, barracuda, and sea Aquarium’s galleries and highlighted with special signs. The Passport visitor’s guide from loaning animals to the Aquarium to training our staff in husbandry care and The bowmouth guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma) went on display in January Planet Ocean kraits of the Pacific Ocean to the Mexican was coordinated with the galleries and safety procedures. Sean Bush from Loma and resides in the Tropical Reef exhibit in the Marine Debris THE AQUARIUM OF THE redknee tarantula, scorpions, Gila monsters, further focused on the venomous and Linda University helped with advice on Tropical Gallery. The Aquarium of the Pacific OCTOBER 2006 was Little PACIFIC debuted a new and rattlesnakes of Southern California and poisonous creatures the guests would emergency protocols and provided some is the only aquarium on the West Coast to Mermaid Month at the film, Planet Ocean, at the Baja, Dazzling and Dangerous taught guests encounter in various exhibits. Special vials of antivenin for display. Tammie display this unique species found in the Aquarium of the Pacific, annual Ocean Conservation Awards Gala to respect and conserve these important guest lectures that built on the theme Brailsford from Long Beach Memorial tropical and subtropical coastal waters which coincided with the release of The in June. The four-and-a-half minute video and often misunderstood animals. of venom were offered throughout the Medical Center provided materials for a and offshore reefs of Australia. It is also Little Mermaid on 2-Disk Platinum Edition played daily in the Great Hall of the Pacific, To create Dazzling and Dangerous, the summer. Venom: The Tour! took guests display of a new medicine derived from found in the Indo-Pacific and off the coast DVD. In conjunction, the Aquarium planned and provided a compelling overview of the Aquarium’s changing gallery transformed behind the scenes to get the inside scoop the Gila monster used in the treatment of West Africa. The Aquarium’s guitarfish is a numerous programs to talk about trash in ocean. Explaining that the Earth’s surface is overnight from an aquatic environment to on venom and poison and offered a of Type II diabetes. Lee Katz loaned the male and measures four feet (1.2 m) in length. our ocean, including a scavenger hunt, 71% water, the film features footage from the dark corners of a garage, where spiders chance to get up close and personal Aquarium the California newts and provided A bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) was an interactive program in the Marine Life NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric and snakes lurked. A 16-foot-long round ray with some of the animals that use them. us with information about the animals. introduced to Shark Lagoon in October. Theater, and a film on marine debris shown Administration) and Boeing. Starting from Mary Jane Adams and Ken Kurtis contributed Weighing 36 pounds (16.3 kg), our bull shark in the Honda Theater. The Little Mermaid outer space and narrowing in on underwater numerous photographs of venomous sea is a female and was estimated to be about film was shown to members in the Honda vents, the film zeroes in on Earth’s topogra- creatures. Countless other individuals two-and-a-half years old when she made Theater. To illustrate the focus of marine phy and shows that we use the ocean in a and organizations also contributed time her debut. Found in all tropical and subtrop- debris, a net of trash was hung from the myriad of ways. The film’s narrator speaks and effort into helping to make Dazzling ical waters along the coastlines, the bull ceiling of the Aquarium’s Great Hall, with of how the ocean supplies seafood, medicine, and Dangerous—Venomous Creatures shark is the only shark that can also live in accompanying signs to explain its signifi- and other natural resources that we rely a success. freshwater lakes and rivers. Bull sharks tend cance. More than 17 million pounds of on and serves as a means of transportation. The Aquarium acknowledges the to hunt for food in shallow, murky waters. trash were collected from Long Beach Planet Ocean provided a glimpse into the financial support of the Annenberg This may contribute to some of the concerns beaches in 2005, and the trash in the net big picture and how human activity can Foundation and American Honda Motor about this species being a threat to humans, represented a mere 0.000017% of this have a definite impact. Co., Inc., official sponsors of the Dazzling as bull sharks are known to swim in very amount. The impact of this trash on marine and Dangerous exhibition.8 9
  6. 6. educational programming Learn by Doing NATIONAL STUDENT SUMMIT THE AQUARIUM CESAR E. CHAVEZ and content are finalized, copies of received an intensive introduction to the DAY CAMPS ON OCEANS AND COASTS OF THE PACIFIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL each kit will be constructed and made Aquarium and Southern Californias diverse Ten weeks of summer day camps were The Coastal America Partnership hosted BELIEVES that The Aquarium’s partnership with Cesar E. available for teachers to check out from marine habitats and ecosystems. Guided offered in 2006. This included six weeks its second annual National Student Summit children learn best Chavez Elementary School in Long Beach the Aquarium Resource Center or the tours, standards-based activities, and a field of Ocean Adventure Camp for students on Oceans and Coasts in Washington D.C. through interactive continued for its second year in 2006. Science/Math Resource Center in Long trip to Catalina Island provided teachers in grades 2-4 and four weeks of Junior in December 2006. The conference brought experiences. The Forty-eight times over the course of the Beach. One kit will remain permanently with an up-close look at California marine Biologist Camp for students in grades 5-7. together formal and informal educators “learn by doing” year, Aquarium educators visited the at Chavez Elementary School. life. At the end of the trip, each teacher was In addition, the Aquarium offered two new and offered high school students unique approach is evident school to teach grade-specific science given a 20-gallon aquarium to take back to camp options for younger students: a access to national ocean leaders. As a in all of the Aquarium’s educational pro- classes, many of which have an emphasis AQUARIUM ON WHEELS their classroom to share with their students. three-day Fish Fry Camp for 3- and 4-year- Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC), gramming. Whether in a classroom or on marine education. In March 2006 an The Aquarium on Wheels outreach vehicle olds with their parent and a three-day the Aquarium is a member of the Coastal theater setting, students make discoveries ocean-themed mural created by more contains a dynamic tidepool exhibit BOEING TEACHER OPEN HOUSE Sea Squirt Camp designed for 5- and 6- America Partnership. Each CELC was invited of marine life through hands-on sensory than 25 fourth- and fifth-grade students designed to provide fun hands-on learning In October the annual Boeing Teacher year-olds. Also new was the introduction to select four students, one teacher, and one oriented activities. In 2006 the Aquarium’s was unveiled. Sponsored by American experiences. Thanks to funding in 2006 Open House was attended by 1,200 of a Catalina Family Camp. This camp pro- CELC representative. Aquarium President onsite education programs reached almost Honda Motor Co., Inc. in partnership with from the Water Replenishment District teachers who enjoyed a night devoted to vided an opportunity for the entire family to Jerry Schubel, Aquarium Educator Catherine 200,000 individuals. Of these, 22,300 the Aquarium of the Pacific, the mural of Southern California, a new program science education. Aquarium classroom travel to Catalina with Aquarium educators Fox, and four students from Long Beach visited and participated in educational project was both a learning tool and an called It All Flows to Me on the Road was and theater programs were demonstrated, for a special week of marine science. Polytechnic High School (Elizabeth Paniagua, programs free-of-charge, reflecting a aesthetic enhancement for the school. introduced in which students “pollute” and the Aquarium on Wheels was on display. Chanel Washington, Edward Benford, and 15% increase in scholarships over the a large-scale model of a watershed and HOMESCHOOL DAY Anthony Chavez) represented Long Beach prior year. OUT OF THE BOX SCIENCE! witness the consequences after they AQUATIC ACADEMY In 2006 the Aquarium offered its first-ever at the four-day event. The students presented The Aquarium’s education department Thanks to a generous grant from the LeBurta "make it rain." By seeing the movement The Aquarium offers lectures, panel Homeschool Day on November 10. The their project on non-point source pollution offers more than 100 onsite educational Atherton Foundation, the Aquarium’s of water through the mock-up watershed, discussions, and adult classes through its day was devoted to creating learning (litter and runoff) in Long Beach in their programs for the public and school education department produced three participants make the link between water- Aquatic Academy. In 2006 California and environments for homeschool families with speeches to other CELC delegations from groups. In addition, they host a variety Out of the Box Science! education kits for sheds, ground water, and pollution. In 2006 Water, which was sponsored by the Long special programs and hands-on exploration across the country. Upon their return, of outreach programs such as Aquarium testing at Chavez Elementary School in the the Aquarium on Wheels traveled 11,500 Beach Water Department, was offered in areas. This event brought in an audience the students made presentations to the on Wheels; distance learning at California fall of 2006. The kits contain props, videos, miles and served more than 43,350 people. March. California and the Ocean was of more than 2,500 parents and children. Aquarium’s Board of Directors and the State University, Dominguez Hills; and lesson plans, and other materials neces- offered for the first time in October. Both Long Beach City Council. These students a customized science education partner- sary to teach a specific science concept in BOEING TEACHER INSTITUTE courses offered opportunities to hear from are actively continuing their work through ship with Cesar E. Chavez Elementary. an interesting and relevant manner. Each Twenty-seven teachers joined Aquarium a selection of experts on environmental a group called the Green Student Union at All of the Aquarium’s education programs kit has a theme of either sharks, marine educators for a week of hands-on learning issues as they related to California. For a Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Students are aligned with the California state science mammals, or watershed education. Once during the Boeing Teacher Institute in list of 2006 lectures, see page 13. from the Green Student Union participated in standards. the prototypes are tested and the design August. Throughout the week, participants the Aquarium’s annual street cleanup.10 11
  7. 7. festivals guest speaker series CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY FESTIVALS are held throughout the year at the Aquarium of the Pacific to reach out to and THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC is an educational resource for all ages. In addition to offering a full array of classes and honor the rich diversity of Southern California. programs for children, the Aquarium provides a venue for quality educational opportunities for adults. A facilitator of important discussions relating to our ocean and planet, the Aquarium’s lecture series draws scientists, researchers, photographers, filmmakers, and authors from across the country to speak to audiences about topics important for today and tomorrow. Festival of Human Abilities Cinco de Mayo Southeast Asia Day Cindi Alvitre, Julie Bixby, Steven Erie Gerald Lieberman JANUARY 28 AND 29 MAY 6 OCTOBER 7 BEYOND CHINATOWN: THE METROPOLITAN ENVIRONMENT-BASED EDUCATION Celebrating the creative spirit of people A Mexican fiesta Honoring Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Craig Frampton, Bob Hoffman, WATER DISTRICT, GROWTH AND THE with disabilities Thai cultures and Tom Johnson ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Christopher Lowe BOLSA CHICA ECOLOGICAL PRESERVE Pacific Islander Festival ROUND RAYS OF SEAL BEACH Divers Weekend JUNE 10 AND 11 Scarium of the Pacific Bob Foster, Timothy Knight, David FEBRUARY 11 AND 12 Experiencing Hawaiian, Chamorro, Tahitian, OCTOBER 28 AND 29 Francisco Ayala McKinnie, Asif Shaikh, Billie Skellie, Doug Macdougal SCIENCE AND CREATIONISM Exploring the technology behind the and Maori cultures Our educational Halloween event for families Gavin Smith, Kerry M. St. Pe, and FROZEN EARTH: THE ONCE AND FUTURE people who reach below the surface STORY OF ICE AGES David Behrens Joseph Suhayda Baja Splash Autumn Festival POISONOUS NUDIBRANCHS LONG BEACH CARES: A FUNDRAISER FOR African Heritage Festival SEPTEMBER 9 AND 10 NOVEMBER 4 AND 5 LONG BEACH, MISSISSIPPI Cara Mullio and Jennifer M. Volland FEBRUARY 25 AND 26 Focusing on Japan, China, Korea, and the LONG BEACH ARCHITECTURE: THE Celebrating Mexican, Guatemalan, and El Highlighting the African American Deborah Brosnan UNEXPECTED METROPOLIS Salvadoran cultures Philippines CORAL REEF RESTORATION Suzanne Frick, Doug Otto, Wayne community Sponsored by Union Bank of California Ratkovich, and Mark Winogrond William Patzert Holiday Treats for the Animals Sean Bush THE PIKE MAPPING THE PACIFIC AND WEATHER PATTERNS Sustainable Moompetam DECEMBER 2 AND 3 VENOM ER Seafood Day SEPTEMBER 23 AND 24 A time to show our appreciation of our Mickey Glantz Ellen Prager MARCH 11 A coastal Native American animals David Carle, Gary Griggs, Nevin GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADVENTURE ON DOLPHIN ISLAND Offering cooking demonstrations and celebration Smith, and Ronald Quinn information on sustainable seafood COFFEEHOUSE AUTHOR SERIES Donald Grayson Carl Safina THE EXTINCTION OF NORTH AMERICA’S VOYAGE OF THE TURTLE Marine Technology Scott Cassell ICE AGE MAMMALS and Research Day HUMBOLDT SQUID Sylvia Stevens MARCH 25 MUSIC, DANCING, FOOD, arts and crafts, Thomas Grimm, Betsy McLane, and ALBATROSSES AND LONGLINES Featuring the possibilities in marine Jimi Castillo, Larry Ginn, Caroly Ezra Soiferman educational displays, and inspiring stories of ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES Doug Thompson innovations Shumway, David Wheeler, and Erin GRAY WHALES heritage build connections across communities Kahunawaikaala Wright David Helvarg Earth Day SPIRITUALITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT APRIL 22 AND 23 50 WAYS TO SAVE THE OCEAN Charlie Yarish Drawing the connection between our at the Aquariums annual festivals. SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE Michael Chrisman, Joshua Reichert, Donna Hilbert actions and the environment and Jerry Schubel GRIEF BECOMES ME Rick Vetter OCEAN CONSERVATION PANEL VENOMOUS SPIDERS Dia del Niño Terry Hunt APRIL 30 Paying homage to the importance Bill Curtsinger EASTER ISLAND EXTREME NATURE of children Richard Klein John Delaney MODERN HUMAN ORIGINS OCEAN EXPLORATION12 13
  8. 8. THE AQUARIUM’S SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD FORUM (SSF) convenes leading restaurateurs, seafood suppliers, and scientists to work together to identify sustainable solutions for the industry. aquarium conferences and forums aquarium conferences and forums Marine Conservation and Research Institute (MCRI) Other Forums Conferences and Forums THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC hosts forums and conferences on marine CONFERENCE ON OCEAN LITERACY to identify and describe strategies, programs, topics that bring together people from a variety of disciplines to explore As part of their commitment to carry out and techniques that could take place in infor- the recommendations identified in the mal learning centers such as the Aquarium. ocean conservation and other environmental or social issues. President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan, federal ocean agencies sponsored a two-day SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA national Conference on Ocean Literacy MARINE MONITORING (CoOL) in Washington, D.C. in June. The Aquarium of the Pacific and SCCOOS Concurrent to the D.C. conference were (Southern California Coastal Ocean These forums are either for national efforts or to develop a specific five regional conferences that served to Observing System) hosted a conference convene an additional 300 participants on marine monitoring efforts in the Aquarium exhibit or program. In both cases, the intent is to broaden the within their regions to respond to the Southern California Bight. This conference national recommendations and make the set the stage for ongoing collaboration public’s awareness of the ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. The recommendations applicable to regional among researchers involved in these concerns. The Aquarium of the Pacific efforts. Participants discussed how to SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD FORUM Aquarium also funds and participates in research projects that explore was selected as the West Coast site and integrate data to answer questions related Established in 2004 the Aquarium’s brought together 119 participants. to the marine environment from various Sustainable Seafood Forum (SSF) brings marine zoology and ecology and related environmental issues. At right are stakeholder groups. The conference also together leading restaurateurs, seafood OCEAN DESALINATION explored how to make the data available to suppliers, and scientists to work together research studies and conservation initiatives that took place in 2006. In October the Aquarium’s Marine a broader range of users through SCCOOS. to identify sustainable solutions for the Conservation Research Institute (MCRI) and industry. King’s Seafood Company, the Desal Response Group cosponsored a WETLANDS AND WATERSHED OUTREACH Santa Monica Seafood, the Plitt one-day conference on ocean desalination. The Aquarium and the Southern Wetlands Company, SMG Catering, and Shaw’s Approximately 70 experts and activists Recovery Project (SWRP) hosted a half- Crab House in Chicago are members. on issues related to ocean desalination day forum on wetlands and watershed The forum is guided by a scientific attended the conference. The event looked education outreach on October 12, 2006. advisory group consisting of some of at desalination as one solution to solving Sponsored by SWRP, the forum allowed the world’s leading experts on fisheries Californias future fresh water needs. participants from zoos, aquaria, museums, and aquaculture. SSF members have and other educational organizations in made the commitment to empower PUBLIC OCEAN LITERACY Southern California to inform others about their customers by providing them with In March the Aquarium convened a forum their latest wetland/watershed-related clearly identified alternative seafood to explore how to increase public ocean projects, recount lessons of experience, choices from documented sustainable literacy through exhibits, mass media, and discuss what future initiatives should sources to help their customers make informal science education, outdoor be taken to inform the millions of visitors informed decisions. SSF convened in experiences, and online resources. The who pass through these organizations March, August, and December in 2006. participants came together from many every year about their environment. Major support for this project has come disciplines, organizations, and agencies from King’s Seafood and SMG Catering.14 15
  9. 9. IN SEPTEMBER the Aquarium rehabilitated and released a green sea turtle that was found in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. research and conservation MCRI Research Efforts Community Conservation GREEN SEA TURTLE RELEASE REEF CHECK CALIFORNIA TRAINING experienced when they are brought to the STREET CLEANUP In September the Aquarium of the Pacific The Aquarium’s Dive Safety Officer (DSO) surface. The barotrauma seen in these fishes In February the Aquarium hosted its third rehabilitated and released a green sea helped conduct the first Reef Check is an injury due to the unequal pressure annual neighborhood street cleanup to turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was found California volunteer scientific diver training between the fishes’ swim bladder and the aid the public in realizing the connection in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. The turtle in Monterey in May 2006. The Reef Check surrounding ambient pressure as they between trash in our city streets and appeared to be in distress at the opening California training course provided are lifted out of the deep water. For this ocean pollution. Meeting at Burbank of a water intake pipe. Thinking that the participants with the skills and experience reason, undersized fishes are not generally Elementary School in Long Beach, 180 animal was fatigued and in trouble, several to accurately complete the Reef Check released back into the ocean, which people picked up trash in the surrounding people called for help. The National Marine California survey protocol. In addition contributes to the overfishing of the neighborhood, collecting over 1,300 Fisheries Services contacted the Aquarium to direct survey methods, the training population. Divers examined fishes for pounds of litter. for assistance. The Aquarium provided program addressed safe diving practices, signs of recovery after being returned veterinary care and housing for several techniques of research diving, sampling to the proper ocean depth. Preliminary HABITAT RESTORATION weeks for the 28-pound turtle. The turtle design and theory, general marine ecology, research has indicated that effects of In March Aquarium staff coordinated its was named Mickey by Jean and Charles and the importance of monitoring to barotrauma vary among species and by annual Least Tern Habitat Restoration project Lane, who are longtime supporters of the meet marine management needs through depth of capture and that post-release at the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, Aquarium. a combination of classroom and field ses- survival may be significantly greater than where volunteers cleaned and prepared sions. The DSO brought the training to the previously thought. the nesting site for this endangered bird. HUNTINGTON BEACH SEDIMENT Aquarium of the Pacific, and the fall 2006 2006 was the most successful year yet, CIRCULATION STUDY Aquarium scientific dive class became the SURVEYS OF PLATFORMS with 191 chicks fledging. Aquarium of the Pacific scientific divers first aquarium volunteer dive team to be Previous surveys of platforms in the Santa assisted Doug Hammond, PhD from the trained on these protocols. Now qualified Barbara Channel have shown that petroleum CALIFORNIA COASTAL CLEANUP IN FEBRUARY the Aquarium hosted University of Southern California, and to conduct surveys in Southern California, platforms act as rearing habitat for many In September the Aquarium participated Steven Colbert, PhD from the University these divers established Crystal Cove overfished rockfish species. However, no in the 22nd California Coastal Cleanup by its third annual neighborhood street of Washington, with a study of seawater State Park in Orange County as a site systematic surveys have been conducted hosting a site at Alamitos Beach. This was circulation through nearshore sediments. to be monitored with California Coast of the platforms located off of Long Beach part of a state-wide effort to clean beach- cleanup to aid the public in realizing the Aquarium divers obtained core sediment Keeper Alliance on a biannual basis. and Huntington Beach. Aquarium of the es from San Diego to the Oregon border. and water samples from the substrate Pacific scientific divers began to work on connection between trash in our city from three sites of various depths off CATCH AND RELEASE SUCCESS STUDY a study by Chris Martin, a graduate student the coast of Huntington Beach. Current Aquarium of the Pacific scientific divers at CSULB, to survey petroleum platforms streets and ocean pollution. measurements and photo plots of the began assisting Erica Jarvis, a graduate off Long Beach and Huntington Beach on sand ripples and sediment composition student at California State University, a bi-monthly basis over a one-year period. were taken. This study is attempting to Long Beach (CSULB), with her study on This will serve as a pilot study for longer discern the importance of the composition the catch-and-release survival rates of term monitoring. Results from the study of the seabed on the San Pedro shelf. Southern California shelf rockfishes. It has are expected to be useful in the proposed been assumed that released rockfishes platform decommissioning strategies in have a poor survival rate due to barotrauma Southern California.16 17
  10. 10. Green Leadership IN 2006 THE IN LINE WITH FULFILLING will not compromise the functioning of the AQUARIUM RECYCLED: its mission, the Aquarium facility or safety of the animals. of the Pacific demon- Maintaining the temperature of each of strates leadership as a the Aquarium’s 52 exhibits is the facility’s "green" organization. There are many ways that Aquarium staff manages the facility to address impacts largest energy demand. The Aquariums power needs vary at different times of day and different times of year. Adding control 30 on our natural resources. Building on the devices such as a new VSD (Variable-Speed TONS OF CARDBOARD initiatives and successes of prior years, Drive) and a DPS (Differential Pressure the Aquarium’s sustainable practices and Switch) to the energy management system corporate responsibility reflect our core help assist the facility’s central plant to values and goals as an institution. operate more efficiently. In the past the The Aquarium has expanded its pres- ence as a green organization in its Pacific Aquarium’s central plant operated like most buildings in that its chiller pumps 940 Collections retail store and Café Scuba restaurant. SMG Catering began using were programmed to put out the maximum amount of chilled water flow irrespective of POUNDS OF ALUMINUM biodegradable plates and utensils, made the actual cooling needs. Chilled water that from potato and corn resins respectively. was not used was recirculated back into the Café Scuba continues to serve sustainable chillers in the system. But adding VSDs and seafood, and the food purchased for the Aquarium’s animals is also from sustainable sources. The gift store’s selection of DPSs to the flow help reduce excess pump- ing, thus allowing the motor revolutions to be adjusted according to the building’s needs 1,620 merchandise has expanded to include without sacrificing the minimum pressure POUNDS OF PLASTICS items that promote environmentally friendly required to keep the system operating. behavior. Ranging from fashionable bags Three of the Aquarium’s general use to Christmas ornaments made of recycled vehicles for staff are powered by natural aquarium sustainable business practices products, these items send a message to our guests that the Aquarium encourages consumer responsibility. gas. The Aquarium also has 19 waterless urinals throughout the facility, saving about 360,000 gallons of water per year. The 3,620 The Aquarium of the Pacific constantly Aquarium purchases materials from com- POUNDS OF GLASS looks for ways to reduce its consumption panies that offer cradle-to-cradle products, of energy. As part of this ongoing process, such as the window shades in the Great the Aquarium conducted an energy audit Hall. The picnic tables on the front lawn in 2006 to see where we could make are made from recycled milk cartons. IN 2006 SMG CATERING began using biodegradable plates and utensils, made from potato and corn resins, in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba and other food areas. changes to save energy. Some immediate actions taken by the Aquarium included The Aquarium also continues to use low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints 1,500 adding an air curtain over a door at the loading dock, installing additional automated throughout the Aquarium to improve overall air quality. POUNDS OF This “renewable plastic” manufactured by Cereplast uses renewable and lights with occupancy sensors, and incorpo- As we continue to expand the Aquarium WHITE LEDGER PAPER rating a new loadshed program. Air curtains and make improvements to our facility, we environmentally degradable resources, unlike petroleum-based products. keep heat or cold out and prevent the will search for the most environmentally Aquarium from losing air conditioning in responsible supplies. For all future building 9,000 areas where the door is often open. Lights additions to the Aquarium, we plan to with motion sensors were added to sever- meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and al areas behind the scenes. The loadshed Environmental Design) standards. It is with program ensures that when the Aquarium the principles of sustainability in mind that is reaching its maximum energy output, it we move into the future. POUNDS OF OTHER PAPER can temporarily shut down or lower power expenditures in designated places that18 19
  11. 11. aquarium volunteers Our Dedicated Volunteers Featured Volunteer: Robin Riggs AS A NON-PROFIT, the live right around the corner. They bring a To develop skills for interacting with the ROBIN RIGGS IS A MARINE decided to join the Aquarium’s team of than most staff and guests are allowed Aquarium of the Pacific diversity of interests, backgrounds, ages, public, Aquarium VolunTEENs are assigned MAMMAL VOLUNTEER husbandry volunteers to learn about this have resulted in numerous images that depends heavily on its cultures, and experiences. different stations throughout the Aquarium who has always preferred next step. Through her work at both places, have been used by the Aquarium for staff of volunteers. Contributing more than In 2006 the Aquarium launched a new to enrich the guest experience. In 2006 to be behind the scenes or behind a camera Riggs developed a special opportunity to publications and press releases as well 106,000 hours in 2006, the Aquarium’s volunteer program specifically designed there were 43 VolunTEENs. lens, but her outstanding contributions to watch several sea lion pups grow up from as exhibit signs. Riggs has also assisted volunteers are critical to its operation. for high school students between the Volunteers are an important part of the Aquarium have not gone unnoticed by day one, starting at the Care Center and with creating a volunteer handbook for The 2006 team of volunteers was ages of 14 and 16. A collaborative effort the Aquarium family. In sadness, we fellow staff. At the end of 2006, Riggs had then making their homes at the Aquarium. working with the seals and sea lions. comprised of 859 individuals plus several of the education, husbandry, and volunteer note the passing in 2006 of Harlan Miller, volunteered more than 4,000 hours with the Riggs developed a special bond with Riggs is an employee of The Boeing groups, providing the equivalent of 52 services departments, this highly structured Geoffrey Woodward, Herman Appelman, Aquarium of the Pacific. Shelby, one of the Aquarium’s two harbor Company and serves on the board of full-time employees. This unpaid staff 80-hour program is offered three times a and Kathy Keipp. They touched us and our A Southern California native, Riggs has seals. Shelby was the first marine mammal directors of the Employees Community extended the Aquarium’s operating year. The VolunTEENs receive formal training guests with their steadfast commitment been fascinated by animals for most of that Riggs taught a behavior—that a circle Fund of Boeing California (ECF), an budget by $1,892,148.* Volunteers play from an education specialist and ongoing to our mission. her life. Exploring the possibility of working was her shape to respond to, much like a employee owned and operated non-profit a significant role in the work of almost enrichment from the VolunTEEN coordinator. with animals for a living, she began volun- name. Shelby’s personality had such an corporation and public charity. In this role, every department, bringing with them a teering with the Marine Mammal Care impact on Riggs that to this day she would she brings attention to the needs of the passion and dedication that both inspires Center when it opened in 1992. While it never turn down an opportunity to work Aquarium when we submit grants to ECF. and ignites the energies of our paid staff. turned out not to be her career, rehabilitating with her. Riggs started with training the seals Because of Riggs’ advocacy, the Aquarium CONTRIBUTING MORE THAN 106,000 hours in 2006, the Aquarium’s While some volunteer staff members marine mammals became her passion. and later graduated to working with the sea received a special $10,000 grant to be work in the Aquarium’s administrative When the Aquarium opened in 1998, lions. Over the course of a shift, she may spent for husbandry and dive programs, volunteers come from all walks of life, every career field, and near offices or behind the scenes, most are Riggs saw another opportunity to give work with all the animals in the exhibit. along with ongoing support for the in the public area sharing information and back to the community and the animals In addition to her direct role with the Education Fund at the Aquarium. insights about marine animals and habitats and far—some drive 60 miles or more each way and others live she loves so much. She realized that once seals and sea lions, Riggs has offered her The Aquarium of the Pacific is grateful with our guests. The Aquarium’s volunteers unreleasable seals and sea lions were skills as a photographer to document the to Riggs for her work with our animals as come from all walks of life, every career right around the corner. rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Care beauty of these ambassadors. The combi- well as her advocacy for marine animals field, and near and far—some drive 60 Center, they needed to be trained when nation of her photography skills and her and the Aquarium itself. miles or more each way and others they moved on to their next home. She ability to get much closer to these animals *According to figures provided by The Independent Sector in Washington D.C.20 21
  12. 12. fundraising efforts THE AQUARIUM DEPENDS ON private donations and grants to realize our mission and provide our 1.35 million guests with a world-class educational experience. Income Sources MEMBERSHIP of leadership donors who contribute a aquariums and tidepools, supports the Through memberships, more than minimum of $1,000. Pacific Circle members Aquarium on Wheels, and provides more 40,000 families and individuals support receive opportunities for personal involve- than 1,000 teachers each year with a the Aquarium of the Pacific. Membership ment in special Aquarium programs, are variety of training opportunities and income in 2006 provided $3,452,000 in invited to exclusive events, and enjoy educational resources at the Aquarium. operating revenue. The Aquarium has additional benefits. Donors of $10,000 to The major gifts program also manages the fourth largest membership program $100,000 annually receive recognition by the Nautilus Society, a group of individuals among the nation’s aquariums. Our having an exhibit at the Aquarium named who have chosen to support the Aquarium members, more than half of which are for them for one year. The 278 Pacific Circle by leaving a lasting legacy with a bequest, families, support the Aquarium because donors in 2006 are listed on pages 28-31. charitable gift annuity, or other planned gift. THE AQUARIUM HAS the fourth largest membership program of its education and conservation pro- Donors who wish to make significant Members of the Nautilus Society ensure gramming and value for repeated visits. contributions without the benefits of that the Aquarium will be educating visitors among the nation’s aquariums. Membership income in 2006 The Aquarium provides an extensive membership are able to support either about the ocean for generations to come. and varied program of benefits, privileges, the Aquarium’s operating budget or the provided $3,452,000 in operating revenue. and events for our members. Aquarium Education Fund. The Aquarium SPONSORSHIPS Education Fund supports all aspects of The Aquarium of the Pacific provides MAJOR GIFTS the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education an opportunity for sponsors to reach the Individuals, corporations, and foundations programs. Ensuring a valuable learning Aquarium’s diverse audience. Individuals wishing to support the Aquarium’s mission- experience for more than 250,000 or organizations sponsor specific exhibits, based programs with significant gifts schoolchildren and teachers annually, cultural festivals, or other events to receive contributed more than $750,000 in 2006. the Education Fund also enables the name recognition in the Aquarium and Several opportunities exist for such donors purchase of new teaching materials such elsewhere. More than $430,000 was raised in the Aquarium’s major gifts program. as books and outreach supplies, covers in sponsorships in 2006. Pacific Circle is the Aquarium’s group the maintenance of the classroom22 23