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  1. 1. Winter 2009 | volume 13 | number 1 m 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 cThe Aquarium Introduces itsSustainable Seafood Program
  2. 2. Focus on Sustainability 350.org Attendees at an earth Day event at Golden Gate Park become part of the 350 action. 350 and COP15 GlObal Climate ChanGe is sCary… and imPOrtant The Aquarium joins the efforts of 350.org on Saturday, October 24—International Climate Action Day—by spreading the message of lowering carbon emissions at its upcoming Scarium Halloween event. While the Aquarium will be telling children that goblins want to be green too, the hope is that adults will have the opportunity to learn more about the global concern about rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. T he number 350 refers to the parts per million (ppm) of reductions, cap-and-trade offers an environmentally effective and carbon dioxide that many scientists and climate experts economically efficient response to climate change. But some argue are saying would be the most our atmosphere could safely that cap-and-trade is far from being fair and effective. A carbon tax is contain. The planet already has almost 390 ppm CO2 in its another option. Various possibilities will be discussed at COP15 with atmosphere, and this number is rising by about two parts per million the hope that any number of solutions could come together globally every year. Accelerating Arctic warming, ocean acidification, and to reduce the emissions in the planet’s atmosphere. other early climate impacts have convinced experts that if we do not Climate change is going to continue to be an issue that we all reduce our CO2 output, we risk reaching tipping points such as the must learn about and get involved in. It is a challenge that requires melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from action sooner rather than later. Changes in precipitation, drought, increased permafrost melt. heat waves, and sea-level rise will continue and have important Since 1992 the United Nations has hosted an annual conference consequences for us all. The Aquarium is invested in being green in to discuss what to do about the global threat of climate change. The its business practices and educating our guests about this issue and 2009 meeting will be in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 7-18. stewardship for the ocean planet. The Copenhagen Climate Conference, also referred to as COP15, has The Aquarium will participate in the 350 event on Saturday, the ambitious objective of creating an international agreement to limit October 24 by incorporating the message that “Climate Change is human-induced emissions of greenhouse gasses. Delegates, non- Scary Too” in the Scarium of the Pacific Halloween celebration. In governmental organizations, and businesses from every nation will addition to the traditional costume contests, there will be prizes for meet to finalize a new global climate change agreement. the best costumes using recycled materials and the best portrayal of The Copenhagen agreement will replace the Kyoto Protocol, which climate change. A table will be staffed by members of the Aquarium’s the United States did not ratify and which expires in 2012. The COP15 Green Team so that people can sign up to pledge to lower their carbon conference will be an attempt to change the engine that drives human footprint. Please join us for a fun event that might provide an opportu- society from fossil fuels to renewable electricity. Our national policy nity to delve a little deeper into a somewhat ghoulish topic. is known as a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system with critical complementary measures to help address climate change and build a clean energy economy. By creating a market and a price for emission 2 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.v
  3. 3. Table of Contents Table of Contents In ThIS ISSue letter from the CeO Dear Members, 4 Animal updates | The Aquarium’s tiger shark I has taught its caregivers about this species rarely t iS my PLeASure tO kept at aquariums or zoos. Also, did you know our present to you the winter sea lions can paint? issue of Pacific Currents. It has been a busy summer and fall with the debut of shark summer and our continuing shark 6 ensuring Seafood for the Future | The and ray program. It was gratifying Aquarium has launched a new program to make to learn that we were selected as sustainable seafood the easy choice for consumers. the best tourist spot in Greater Los The new Seafood for the Future program is a Angeles in Nickelodeon’s Parents’ partnership between the Aquarium, restaurants, and Picks Awards in August. Thanks to markets. all who voted for us. The Aquarium has explored ways of providing consumers 23 Alliance to Save energy  | The Aquarium of with information about the seafood they purchase. To fulfill the Pacific has received a national honor from the this need we created the Seafood for the Future program. It Alliance to Save Energy as one of the recipients of its evolved from the Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Forum, 2009 Stars of Energy Efficiency Award. Find out what which was founded jointly by the Aquarium of the Pacific and made the Aquarium one of the Alliance’s gala King’s Seafood Company. honorees. Seafood for the Future is committed to ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy delicious and healthful seafood by selecting seafood from well-managed, sustainable 27 Landscaping for Drought | A new garden wild stocks and from sustainable aquaculture farms. The on the Aquarium’s front lawn will feature drought- program identifies specific sustainable fish that are featured resistant plants and California natives. Learn about on menus of participating restaurants and on display cases of the need for water conservation in the arid participating seafood markets and supermarkets. In addition Southern California climate. to identifying sustainable choices, the program rewards those who select these items with tickets to the Aquarium. I en- 2 Focus on Sustainability 9 Aquarium Programs & events courage you to learn more about this important new program 3 Letter from the CeO 20 Kids Corner by reading the feature article in this magazine. This year’s Ocean Conservation Awards Gala was a big 4 Animal updates 23 Aquarium news success. I want to thank the co-chairs, Aquarium Board 6 Feature 27 Conservation Corner members Steve Conley and Steve Mayer, for their efforts and the entire board of directors for their leadership and Pacific currents is published for members of PHOnE nuMBErS (562 area code) dedication. The Aquarium depends on its many supporters to the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you have comments General Information........590-3100 provide an engaging visitor experience and outstanding ocean about this magazine, please send an email to our fAX .......................................951-1629 education programs. The Trustees of the Pacific are one such editorial staff at PacificCurrents@LBAOP.org. Membership ......................437-fISH (3474) group of advocates, and are listed on page 26. Furthermore, Development ....................951-1605 we take our mission into the community through a number Our MISSIOn | To instill a sense of wonder, of programs to reach those who are unable to come to the respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its Pacific Circle ......................951-1664 Lost & found .....................951-1733 Aquarium. On behalf of all of us at the Aquarium, we thank inhabitants, and ecosystems you for your continued support. Private Event Info ............951-1663 Pacific currents STAff | Editor/Writer: Alexi Education Programs .......951-1630 Holford | Copy Editor: Cecile fisher | Designer: Gift Store ............................951-1SEA (1732) Sincerely, Andrew reitsma | Contributing Writer: Tricia Job Hotline.........................951-1674 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 winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 3
  4. 4. Animal UpdatesAquarium Updates TIger ShArk uPdATe Aquarium staff welcomed a tiger shark, providing her with the best accomodations possible. We have learned a lot from her in the months she has been with us. 4 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
  5. 5. Animal Updates give the gift that will keep givingA five-foot young female tiger shark long after the holidays are over.was cared for at the Aquarium of thePacific. Unfortunately, her health has Adopt an Animal for as little as $40 and receive: 0 personalized certificate of adoptiondeclined and we hope to relocate her. 0 beautiful keepsake color photo 0 fact sheet about your sponsored species!She cannot be released, as she is a Call (562) 437-3474 or visittropical species and needs warmer www.aquariumofpacific.org/adopt to join our Adopt an Animal Program today.water than that off our coast. T he tiger shark came from Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are taiwan, where her mother had often feared as the second-most danger- been caught by a fisherman. ous shark in the ocean. These sharks can She was born in captivity and grow up to 14 feet and weigh over 1,400was cared for until she came to us. When pounds. Tiger sharks are often labeledthe Aquarium was contacted, staff as man-eaters. “By having a tiger sharkmembers agreed to provide her a home here, we wanted to inspire visitors to learneven though it would be challenging to the truth about these animals and to getcare for her since little is known about involved in shark conservation while wecaring for this species in aquariums. In late further scientific information about theirFebruary the baby tiger shark travelled behavior,” said Perry Hampton, Aquariumfrom Taiwan to LAX by plane in a portable of the Pacific director of husbandry. PAInTIngholding system. From the airport, a truck A truly serious problem facing tigercarried her to the Aquarium. In late June, sharks is that they have slow repopulationshe was moved into the Aquarium’s SharkLagoon exhibit. rates, yet they are heavily harvested for their fins, meat, and liver. “It is likely that PInnIPedS! Aquarium experts have kept a close the Aquarium’s baby tiger shark could aquarium sea Lionseye on her to keep her as comfortable aspossible. To reduce stress of any kind, staff have been part of the statistic of the 100 million sharks killed each year for human create Works of artmodified the exhibit to enable her to swim consumption instead she served as an the Aquarium’s California sea lions havemore comfortably. After trying different ambassador to inspire people to protect become quite artistic in 2009. Parker,methods, Aquarium biologists developed tiger sharks in the wild,” said Hampton. Milo, and Harpo have started painting,pen netting that helps her to navigate Everyday ways to help save tiger sharks and Miller and Troy are next on the list tobetter. They’ve also tried close to 30 include avoiding the consumption of shark don their berets. Parker, Milo, and Harpodifferent food items to find out what she fins and shark meat, not buying vitamins were quick to pick up the tools of theprefers to eat, which is a variety of fish and containing shark oil and other shark trade and begin brushing the canvas withshrimp. In September it was decided she byproducts, and not purchasing lotions, colors. Each has their own distinct style.needed a larger space, and the Aquarium makeup, and topical analgesics contain- Parker is deliberate, much like Picasso;began looking for a new home for the shark. ing squalene derived from shark oil. “We Milo is a pinniped version of Pollock with In the wild, juvenile tiger sharks eat a need to start viewing sharks like lions and his emotion infused expression; andvariety of fish as well as sea birds. They are bears, animals we need to respect but also Harpo is somewhere in between. Sinceone of the most diverse eaters and will eat protect. By bringing people face-to-face sea lions do not have a great ability to seejust about anything. Unfortunately, it is not with a tiger shark, we wished to instill a color, the trainers help choose the shadeuncommon to find undigested trash in the sense of wonder, respect, and steward- of non-toxic paint.stomach of a tiger shark, including cans ship for these tigers of the sea that are in The first-ever publicly available paint-and plastic bottles. Recycling and properly need of our help,” said Sandy Trautwein, ings by our sea lions will be up for auctiondisposing of trash to help prevent it from Aquarium of the Pacific curator of fishes at our upcoming Sea Fare fundraiser onentering the ocean is one way to help and invertebrates. Saturday, october 17. See the back coverthese sharks. for more information on Sea Fare. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 5
  6. 6. Ensuring Seafood for the Futurethe aquarium of the Pacific’s new seafood program,Seafood for the Future, is working to build a communityof people who want to do the right thing.By Tricia Bennett AndrEw rEITSMAThe current demand for seafood outpaces supply, and thegap is widening because of poorly managed fisheries andwastefulness. Two-thirds of all fishing stocks are fished ator above sustainable levels. In greater Los Angeles, seafoodconsumption per capita is twice the national average. It ispredicted that the entire wild seafood industry could collapsein 50 years unless alternative solutions are sought. D emand for seafood will continue to seafood in Southern California. Starting in the increase as the world population ocean and ending on your plate, seafood for the grows. In the United States, future shows consumers how to make the right seafood consumption is rising as choice and make a difference.people learn of the health benefits associated Launched publicly in September, thewith eating fish. While demand increases, the seafood for the future program is funded by aavailability of wild seafood struggles to stay at grant from the Pacific Life Foundation. Tocurrent levels and may even decline further. oversee the program, the Aquarium hired two In response to this growing crisis, the staff members: Andrew Gruel, a chef with aAquarium of the Pacific created the seafood for background in sustainable cooking andthe future program to define the sustainable restaurant marketing, and Dave Anderson, aseafood movement by working with chefs, scientist with a background in aquaculturerestaurants, fisheries scientists, retailers, and and marine biology.food lovers. The goal is to enact real change inthe seafood industry by providing incentivesthat will influence the supply and demand for6 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
  7. 7. “ When it comes to sustainability, there are a lot of questions ... We do the legwork and the research, and all consumers have to do is ” look for the logo. —Dave Anderson AndrEw rEITSMAHow It WorksA sustainable system is defined as one The first of its kind in Southern California,that satisfies our current needs without the program features a complete consumer-compromising the ability to meet the needs friendly website with links to participatingof future generations. This means fishing restaurants, recipes, news updates, and more.and aquaculture practices must not harm the The seafood for the future blog provides theenvironment or its living resources. There are inside scoop on delicious seafood, what itmany opportunities to build on local, national, takes to change market demand, and howand international seafood markets that are people perceive the sustainability movement.from sustainable sources. seafood for the seafood for the future encourages peoplefuture works with restaurants and suppliers to eat more of the right kinds of seafoodto ensure that seafood items are safe for and promotes the businesses that makeconsumers and the ocean. The program uses these choices available. As an incentive fordata from NOAAs National Fisheries Service, consumers, free coupons to the Aquarium of Partner restaurantsstate agencies, and other sources to identify the Pacific are distributed whenever selectsustainable and healthy seafood choices. seafood items are purchased at restaurants Long beach seafood for the future recruits restaurants displaying the programs logo. Patrons who Café Scuba,to place sustainable seafood choices on purchase a sustainable option receive a Aquarium of the Pacifictheir menus that are endorsed by Aquarium coupon that is good for one free entry to thestaff and labeled with the seafood for the Aquarium as well as a discount for up to four gladstones restaurantfuture logo. This enables consumers to make companions. McKennas on the Baysustainable choices easily by selecting those Restaurants and markets that participateitems with our logo. in the program are promoted through the ninos restaurant “When it comes to sustainability, there Aquarium. On the program’s website, con- Parkers Lighthouseare a lot of issues and a lot of questions. sumers will be able to browse culinary eventsYou can’t put the onus on the consumer,” and make reservations at partner restaurants. Primal Alchemysays Anderson. “We do the legwork and the Partner restaurants benefit from more than Queen Maryresearch, and all consumers have to do is look just an affiliation with the Aquarium—theyfor the logo.” form a community that inspires an apprecia- Seal beach The principles of sustainability under the tion for great seafood cuisine, environmentalseafood for the future program are: responsibility, and healthy living. “There are walts wharf incentives for everyone involved,” says Gruel. Los Angeles • the healthfulness, safety, and quality of Restaurants that are already participating each product must be controlled and include Parkers Lighthouse, Nino’s, and Eco Caters documented McKenna’s on the Bay in Long Beach; Nook Lucques restaurant • production is managed under a plan of Bistro in West L.A.; and Sea Rocket Bistro in best current practices and compliant San Diego. The program will soon include nook Bistro with applicable laws restaurants from Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Providence restaurant • plans are in place to mitigate the effects and the San Fernando Valley. of waste, bycatch, and habitat loss San Diego • products support local communities and are sensitive to traditional and local Sea rocket Bistro cultural values winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 7
  8. 8. Seafood for the Future supports fish farming,domestically and abroad, wherever sustainableaquaculture is practiced. Good aquaculture canproduce high quality seafood without adverseenvironmental impacts. dAvE AndErSonA Holistic ApproachSeafood for the Future is different from “The U.S. imports about 80 percent of its roasted Oysters withother seafood advisory programs. First and seafood. Of that, half is farmed overseas,”foremost, the program encourages people to says Anderson. “The U.S. is supporting aqua- Sweet Tomato relisheat more seafood. Eating seafood is one of culture, just not at home. We need to support serves 4the best ways to obtain omega-3 fatty acids, the industry in the U.S. where we can ensurewhich keep your heart and mind healthy. proper oversight and regulation.” Preheat oven to 400° FThe program also looks at the source of the The program also considers the health of 24 shucked oystersseafood instead of just a specific species. consumers in addition to the ocean. It should 1 cup quartered cherrySometimes the sustainability of a fish be easy to make good seafood choices that are tomatoesdepends on when, where, and how it was healthful. There is no question that Americansharvested. The program focuses on finding should be eating more seafood and less red 1 tsp. chopped fresh thymethe best sources for recommended species. meat, but we all need the right information to 1 tsp. minced shallot The program fosters relationships among make the right seafood choices. 1 tbsp. olive oilrestaurants, fish suppliers, and consumers “The sustainability movement overlaps with 3 tbsp. grated parmesanin Southern California. Having a logo next health and nutrition,” says Gruel. “We want pinch of sea saltto a menu item or displayed in a restaurant people to think about where food comes fromcreates a network of trust that extends from and what they put in their mouths.” fresh lemon wedgesthe source all the way to your plate. seafood for the future gives consumers seafood for the future also features a who care about the ocean and love seafood Place oysters on a baking pan, tryingculinary component. Anderson and Gruel an easy way to make the right choices. to retain all of their juices in the shell.cook at events and festivals throughout The next time you are at a restaurant, Except lemon wedges, toss all ofSouthern California. The website features look for the seafood for the future logo. Visit the remaining ingredients together.a cuisine segment for home cooks and www.seafoodforthefuture.org to learn about Spoon the mixture evenly on top ofconsumers. Anderson and Gruel will recommendations, recipes, and events. the oysters. Bake the tomato-filledalso do cooking demonstrations at oysters in the oven for 8 minutes.Whole Foods Market locations throughout Squeeze fresh lemons over theSouthern California. oysters and serve immediately. seafood for the future supports fishfarming, domestically and abroad, whereversustainable aquaculture is practiced. Goodaquaculture can produce high quality seafoodwithout adverse environmental impacts.8 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
  9. 9. Aquarium Programs and EventsGreat aquarium activities! 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. the Aquariums annual Sea Fare fundraising event provides an opportunity to bid on auction items, enjoy a wide range of restaurant samples, and partake in an open bar. member events member events SPECIAL EVENTSPlease join us for one of these select events just for M SeniOr member teA SE SeA FAreour members and their guests. thurSDAy, FebruAry 11 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. or SAturDAy, OCtOber 17 | 6:30–10:30 p.m. 3:30–4:30 p.m. Dine with the fish, and bid on exciting auction M member COmmunity OPen hOuSe Senior members are invited to bring theirSunDAy, nOvember 15 (FAmiLy niGht) items. The Aquarium of the Pacific will hosttueSDAy, nOvember 17 (ADuLt niGht, 21+ OnLy) favorite teacup and join us for a relaxing its sixth annual Sea Fare, an evening of dining,WeDneSDAy, nOvember 18 (ChArter afternoon in the Watershed Classroom while live music, silent and live auctions, and more.member niGht) | 6:30–9:00 p.m. enjoying hot tea and cookies. The Aquarium’s Guests will kick off the night with an openJoin us as the Aquarium hosts local businesses Seafood for the Future Manager, Andrew bar and live music and will dine with the fishand non-profit organizations on a night espe- Gruel, will share tips on sustainable cooking while sampling diverse cuisines from localcially for our members. Because downtown and how you can determine which seafood is restaurants and food and beverage compa-Long Beach has so much to offer, this special most sustainable to purchase and eat. nies. Attendees will have the opportunitynight will be a chance for you to learn about COST | Free to senior members | members’ guests to bid on a range of unique live and silentother things you can do after your visit to the receive 20% off regular admission auction items. Proceeds will lend a helpingAquarium. Also, you will have a chance to RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) fin to the non-profit Aquarium’s oceanmeet some of our program animals and speak required by Monday, February 8 conservation education efforts. See the backwith our education staff to hear about oppor- cover for more information.tunities at the Aquarium. And of course, the M KiDS ACtivity niGht COST | $100 per person, which includes an open barentire Aquarium will be open for your viewing FriDAy, FebruAry 26 | 6:30–9:00 p.m. and diverse samplings of food provided bypleasure, except for Lorikeet Forest. To ensure On this special Kids Activity Night, member area restaurantsthe animals get a good night’s sleep, exhibit kids will have the opportunity to meet Sid RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) or visit us onlinelighting will begin to dim at 8:30 p.m. from the “Sid the Science Kid,” an educationalCOST | Free for members | members’ guests receive PBS program co-produced by the Jim Henson SE LAte niGht 20% off regular admission Company and KCET/Los Angeles for PBS FriDAy, nOvember 27 | 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) Kids. Sid is energetic and inquisitive and Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours required by Thursday, November 12 celebrates children’s natural curiosity about on this special Late Night. Admission for non- science in every day life. In honor of Sid, members will be just $11.95 per person after M member teen WhALe WAtCh our education staff will be doing a special 5:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunitySAturDAy, JAnuAry 9 | 12:00–2:30 p.m. program and science experiment in the to watch the Aquariums short films in theTeens are invited to join us for an exciting Honda Theater, which will help answer Honda Theater throughout the evening.boat excursion. Join Aquarium naturalists for the question, “Why do some fish glow?” Please note that Lorikeet Forest closesan action-packed voyage in search of whales, Member kids will also enjoy themed crafts, at 4:30 p.m.dolphins, seals, and birds. Member teens will face painting, and a visit from some of our COST | Free for members | $11.95 for non-membersnot want to miss this experience. program animals. The entire Aquarium will INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) be open, except Lorikeet Forest. To ensureCOST | $15 for member teens | $20 for member the animals get a good night’s sleep, exhibit teens’ guest (includes Aquarium admission) lighting will begin to dim at 8:30 p.m.AGES | 13-18 years oldRSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) COST | Free | members’ guests receive 20% off required by Wednesday, January 6 regular admission. RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by Tuesday, February 23Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 9
  10. 10. Aquarium Programs and Events Join us for The Future is Wild festival on October 10-11 to see computer-generated creatures the future. SPECIAL EVENTS festivals festivals To honor the rich diversity of Southern California, SE ShArK LAGOOn niGhtS the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts cultural and family F SCArium OF the PACiFiC FriDAyS, SePt. 11–DeC. 18 | 6:00–9:00 p.m. festivals throughout the year. Check our website for SAturDAy & SunDAy, OCtOber 24–25 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Shark Lagoon is open for everyone for free more details and additional family festivals. after 6:00 p.m. Guests can touch and learn Discover the creatures lurking in the depths about sharks; shop at Shark Shack; and enjoy F SOutheASt ASiA DAy of the Pacific at the Scarium of the Pacific—a live music during select evenings. SAturDAy, OCtOber 3 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween COST | Free for everyone Our fifth annual Southeast Asia Day programs, including the annual children’s INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) will highlight the beauty and diversity of costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, magic shows, spooky storytelling, kooky SE thAnKSGivinG LunCh Indonesian, and Laotian cultures. Guests will crafts, and eerie animals in the Great Hall. thurSDAy, nOvember 26 | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. enjoy live performances, including music, In addition, take part in a movement to low- Celebrate Thanksgiving with a special feast at dance, and cultural craft demonstrations. er carbon emissions by joining the Aquarium Café Scuba at the Aquarium. Ethnic dishes will be available for purchase, and 350.org in celebrating the International and children will have the opportunity to Thanksgiving Lunch Menu Day of Climate Action. Learn about the partake in arts and crafts. Garden salad Mashed Potatoes significance of the number 350 as it relates and Gravy COST | Free for members | to carbon emissions throughout the weekend Orange Ginger members’ guests festival (also read the Focus on Sustainability Glazed Ham candied Yams receive 20% off regular article on page 2 to learn about 350). A new rosemary rose turkey Green Beans admission special prize category for costumes made cornbread stuffing Pumpkin Pie squares INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) with recycled materials has been added this COST | $24/adult or senior member, $17/child year to show that even goblins can be green. F ThE FUTUrE iS Wild FeStivAL member; $34/adult non-member, SAturDAy AnD SunDAy, OCtOber 10–11 | COST | Free for members | $27/child non-member 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. members’ guests (includes admission to the Aquarium) receive 20% off regular admission You may have seen the TV series the future RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) is Wild that aired on Animal Planet or the ani- mated series on Discovery Kids. Its next stop is the Aquarium. Meet sea creatures of the future during our the future is Wild festival. Computer-generated creatures of five million, 100 million, or 200 million years in the future will be available for photo opportunities. Join us for special exhibits, a scavenger hunt, children’s crafts, a special film, and onsite games with prizes. COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) 10 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.
  11. 11. Aquarium Programs and Events festivals F hOLiDAy treAtS FOr the AnimALS SAturDAy & SunDAy, DeCember 5–6 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. In celebration of the holiday season, Scuba Santa will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the sea otters, seals, sea lions, birds, fish, and other animals at the Aquarium. Watch the Aquarium’s animals receive their special treats and enrichment gifts during the weekend. Families can enjoy holiday music, crafts, special presentations, unique photo opportunities, and shopping. The Seal and Sea Lion Habitat will be decked out for the season with frozen “fishmas” treats. The sea otters will receive candy cane-shaped ice treats, gourmet lobster tails, and their very own snowman. Throughout the day Aquarium staff will give special gift delicacies to other marine animals as well. COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) F FeStivAL OF humAn AbiLitieS SAturDAy & SunDAy, JAnuAry 23–24 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The seventh annual Festival of Human Abilities continues our recognition of the talk with terri the robot at our nOAA and Our Planet Day on november 14. creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities. Wheelchair dance, live music, sign language choirs, art demonstrations, festivals festivals storytelling, service dog demonstrations, and other creative performances will be featured. F Autumn FeStivAL F nOAA AnD Our PLAnet DAy Sign language interpreters will be present atSAturDAy & SunDAy, nOvember 7–8 | SAturDAy, nOvember 14 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. all major shows and an audio tour is available9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Find out what the National Oceanic and for those who are blind. Also added this yearJoin us as we celebrate the traditions and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) does are interactive workshops.cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the for you, our nation, and our world at thisPhilippines during this weekend of learning COST | Free for members | annual event. Visit the Aquarium to learn members’ guestsopportunities and family entertainment. how NOAA, a government agency, works to receive 20% offMove to the sounds of Taiko drumming, understand and predict changes in Earth’s regular admissionwatch dancers, acrobats, and martial arts environment to conserve and manage coastal INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474)demonstrations. Try your hand at origami, and marine resources. Explore and interactand purchase hand-made crafts. The Autumn with the science zone, talk with TERRI the F AFriCAn heritAGe FeStivALFestival is a joint project of the Aquarium of Robot while learning about NOAA, watch a SAturDAy & SunDAy, FebruAry 20–21 |the Pacific and WOW productions. Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in action, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.COST | Free for members | view award winning NOAA films, enjoy a The African Heritage Festival celebrates the members’ guests puppet show on ocean conservation, learn richness and diversity of African and African receive 20% off how NOAA protects ocean life, and get the American cultures. The weekend will feature regular admission facts on climate change. There will be a interactive drum circles, West African dance,INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) special guest appearance by Wyland, the live jazz, and storytelling. world-famous marine life artist. COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive COST | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off regular admission 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474)Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 11
  12. 12. Aquarium Programs and Events guest speakers guest speakers guest speakers The Aquarium hosts guest lectures on a variety of GSWiLL ALexAnDer | eriC ZAhn | restoring los Cerritos GS topics from experts across the country. The Sri lankan loxodrome Wetlands: Waiting for the Tides to return WeDneSDAy, OCtOber 21 | 7:00 p.m. mOnDAy, nOvember 30 | 7:00 p.m. JAmeS WOOD | Cephalopods: GS Join us for a poetry reading by Will Alexander Our coastal Southern California salt marsh Chameleons of the Sea from his newly released poetry collection, ecosystems have a remarkable history of tueSDAy, OCtOber 6 | 7:00 p.m. the sri Lankan Loxodrome (New Directions, survival since rapid urbanization began in the Octopuses, squid, cuttlefishes, and nautiluses 2009). Alexander is a Los Angeles poet, early 1900s. Nearby Los Cerritos Wetlands are the amazing creatures known as cephalo- novelist, essayist, playwright, and visual art- is one of about 30 biologically diverse pods. They are found in the global ocean from ist. His many honors include a PEN Oakland tidal wetland complexes located between the tropics to the poles and from intertidal Award, a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry, and San Quintin Bay, Baja Mexico and Point coastal areas to the abyss. They are capable a California Arts Council Fellowship. He Conception, California. Dr. Eric Zahn will of changing their appearance in terms of has taught at various institutions, including talk about the natural history of Los Cerritos color, texture, and pattern. If these tricks Theatre of Hearts/Youth First, which serves Wetlands, its existing ecology and politics, do not work, these underwater chameleons at-risk youth. His works include asia & Haiti and the status of the conservation effort in can disappear in a cloud of ink that acts as (Sun & Moon Press, 1995) and towards the the works to protect and restore this precious a smokescreen. Cuttlefishes have inspired Primeval Lightning field (O Books, 1998). and valuable Long Beach resource. legends and stories throughout history and Alexander’s latest book will be available at Zahn is a salt marsh ecologist and avid are thought to be the most intelligent of the the gift shop. Presented in a coffeehouse set- botanist who has been one of the local lead- invertebrates. Dr. James Wood will introduce ting, the evening will have coffee, drinks, and ers focused on conserving coastal wetlands us to these unique animals in a presentation pastries available for purchase. in Long Beach. He is a co-principal for Tidal rich with images and videos. He will also Influence, a company he founded to aid share some of his recent research. Wood is community groups and municipalities with the director of education at the Aquarium of their wetlands restoration efforts. Zahn is a the Pacific. He is a board member and direc- lecturer in the Environmental Science and tor of cephalopods at MarineBio. He holds a Policy Program at California State University, Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University. Long Beach. GS JeFFrey GALLAnt AnD GS mOnty GrAhAm | The Stinging ChriS hArvey-CLArK | dreamless Truth Behind Blooms of Sea Jellies Sleeper: The lure of the Greenland Shark thurSDAy, DeCember 10 | 7:00 p.m. thurSDAy, OCtOber 15 | 7:00 p.m. the vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is critically endangered. Despite numerous recent examples of mas- John Steinbeck wrote that, “An ocean sive and unprecedented blooms of sea jellies without its unnamed monsters would be like GS bArbArA tAyLOr | Critically in coastal waters around the world, these a completely dreamless sleep.” One such Endangered: Can the Vaquita much-maligned animals remain enigmatic mythical unnamed “monster” has come Be Saved From Extinction? to marine science. Are these blooms simply to be known as the Greenland shark. Until tueSDAy, nOvember 10 | 7:00 p.m. natural variations? Or are they a sign of recently, few humans had ever seen this deep The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a small something sinister in our seas? We will take sea Arctic shark alive, and the Greenland porpoise that inhabits the far northern Gulf a close look at sea jellies, their populations shark is still virtually unknown to science. of California. The vaquita became the most and the possible influence that human activity Mr. Jeffrey Gallant and Dr. Chris Harvey- critically endangered marine mammal in the might have on sea jellies in coastal marine Clark, researchers at the Greenland Shark world when the Chinese river dolphin was ecosystems. and Elasmobranch Education and Research deemed likely to be extinct in 2006. With Dr. Monty Graham is a senior marine Group (GEERG), will speak about the rare only an estimated 150 vaquita remaining, they scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab near and elusive shark—the only shark known are threatened with extinction, primarily as a Mobile, Alabama. He received his doctorate to live in Arctic waters year-round. Gallant result of being caught as bycatch in nets used in biology from the University of California at and Harvey-Clark will use a multimedia to catch fish and shrimp. Santa Cruz in 1994. Dr. Graham has broad ex- presentation to share how they searched Dr. Barbara Taylor is a supervisory research pertise in the field of biological oceanography for and ultimately found a population of fish biologist with NOAA’s National Marine and zooplankton ecology, but his research Greenland sharks. Underwater video footage Fisheries Service. She was the U.S. lead focuses on the ecology of gelatinous plankton (that has never been shown publicly before) scientist on a three-nation 2008 expedition blooms around the world. will reveal some of the mysteries surrounding designed to develop new acoustic monitoring this apex predator. methods and population estimates intended to assist Mexico in conservation efforts to save the vaquita. She will discuss the expedi- tion results and show us the best video and photographs ever seen of this rare animal. 12 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.
  13. 13. Aquarium Programs and Events special opportunity the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is thought to play an important ecological role. hOme FrEE SCrEENiNG WeDneSDAy, DeCember 16 | 7:00 p.m. guest speakers guest speakers We are living in exceptional times. And the stakes are high for us, ourGS nAte JArOS | Sea Jellies in Corson is the author of the story of sushi: children, and future generations.Aquariums: The Next Frontier an unlikely saga of raw fish and rice, which Scientists tell us that we have 10WeDneSDAy, JAnuAry 13 | 7:00 p.m. tells the true story of a group of apprentice years to change the way we liveJoin us for a lecture by Aquarium of the sushi chefs in Los Angeles as they struggle in order to avert the depletion ofPacific Senior Aquarist Nate Jaros, who to master the centuries-old art of Japanese natural resources and the catastrophicspecializes in sea jellies. Historically, keeping cuisine. Corson is a frequent commentator on evolution of the Earths climate. Theand observing sea jellies has proven to be NPR and a judge on the Food Networks TV 90-minute documentary HOMEextremely difficult. With better understanding show iron chef america. Known for his humor- embraces the major ecological issuesof their natural ranges and diets, captive- ous and informative presentations on the that confront us and shows howreared specimens are growing larger, living creatures that compose our seafood, he goes everything on our planet is intercon-longer, and are better representatives of their by some rather unusual nicknames, including nected. By bringing us unique footagewild counterparts. Jaros received his B.S. "The Lobster Sex Guy" and "Americas Only of the Earth and sharing with usin biology and environmental science from Sushi Concierge." his wonder and his concern, YannCreighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation GS GeOrGe benZ | Shark research2005 Jaros began culturing seahorses and for the world that, together, we mustworking with sea dragons at the Aquarium. at the Top of the World WeDneSDAy, FebruAry 17 | 7:00 p.m. rebuild. The film HOME intends toSince 2007 Jaros has cultured the nine spe- shift peoples perceptions, to make uscies of jellies featured at the Aquarium. Dr. George Benz will discuss ongoing aware of the tectonic movements at Greenland shark research from the perspec- work, and to incite us to act.GS trevOr COrSOn | Sexy lobster, tive of the Arctic as a beautiful, intellectually Through the landscapes of 54Succulent Sushi: My Favorite Facts stimulating, globally significant, and highly countries captured from above,about Underwater Bugs, raw Fish, complex ecosystem. Ongoing collaborative Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a uniqueand the Future of Our Oceans studies of Greenland sharks suggest that thisWeDneSDAy, JAnuAry 27 | 7:00 p.m. journey all around the planet, to shark plays an important ecological role in contemplate it and to understandThe seafood on your plate isnt just food—its both Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. Greenland it. Every image shows the Earthsan astonishingly weird and interesting cast of sharks are known to live under land-fast sea treasures that we are destroying andunderwater characters, from randy lobsters to ice and are believed to be the only shark spe- all the wonders we can still preserve.squirmy seaweed to gargantuan tuna fish. And cies routinely inhabiting true Arctic waters. to be guaranteed a free seat at theit is caught and collected by equally interesting However, as with so many Arctic phenomena, movie, reservations are recommendedhuman beings, in ways that are sometimes the ecological role of the Greenland shark and will have first priority.good and sometimes bad. A former com- may soon be altered due to Arctic warmingmercial lobster fisherman turned pop-science that is predicted to result in an “ice-free” RSVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) or onlinewriter and culinary expert, Trevor Corson will Arctic seascape for much of the year.entertain you with tales about the briny world Benz is a professor of biology at Middlebeyond your plate, telling stories that are often Tennessee State University. Prior to this, heamusing, sometimes sobering, and always held positions at Tennessee Aquarium as thefascinating. He will begin with the rugged lives curator of fishes and then as chief researchof Maine fishermen and the hilarious sex lives scientist. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universityof the lobsters they catch, moving on to the of British Columbia.surprising secrets of the mysterious worldof sushi, and tying it all together with usefullessons about how we can all make smarterchoices about what we eat. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 13
  14. 14. Aquarium Programs and Events Aquarium member, volunteer, and aquarium sleepovers donor Coral Levin feeds a ray during Pack your sleeping bag and toothbrush for a night the daily 2:00 p.m. of adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific. These feeding at Shark programs include a pizza dinner, snack, craft, cereal Lagoon. if you breakfast, and T-shirt. would like to feed one of our rays, SL birthDAy PArty SLeePOverS sign up to go above based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. our tropical Pacific Join us for an all-night celebration with a exhibit or the ray special birthday party sleepover featuring touchpools. animal touch time, a feeding opportunity, presentations, a behind-the-scenes tour, and AndrEw rEITSMA crafts. Bring your own birthday cake or order a personalized one through us (additional charge applies). COST | $60/member | $70/non-member AGES | 5+ years | one adult required per 10 children THEmES | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles aquarium tours aquarium tours GROUP SIzE | 20–50 participants These programs are opportunities to see the RSVP | (562) 951-1630 Aquarium and its animals in a different light. AT AnimAL enCOunterS SAturDAyS and SunDAyS | see below SL FAmiLy SLeePOver based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. AT FeeD A ShArK Or rAy Join us for a very special experience to learn WeeKDAyS | 10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. about feeding and caring for some of our Bring your whole family and spend an evening WeeKenDS | 10:15 a.m. & 2:45 p.m. marine animals. Roll up your sleeves, prepare exploring the Aquarium after dark. Discover Venture out on a platform above our largest some food, and get ready to be up close and the unique relationships and habitats of our exhibit, Tropical Reef, and feed a shark or ray. personal for a feeding with a seal, sea lion, ocean critters through hands-on activities and sea otter, or even a shark. There are lots of gallery observations. COST | $25/member | $30/non-member surprises along the way, so be prepared to get COST/PERSON | $50/member | $60/non-member GROUP SIzE | 4 people your hands wet! AGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone LENGTH | 30 minutes AGE | 12+ years THEmES | Seals & Sea Lions 9:30–11:30 a.m. | Sharks GROUP SIzE | 20–60 participants RSVP | (562) 951-1630 12:30–2:30 p.m. | Sea Otters 12:30–2:30 p.m. RSVP | (562) 951-1630 COST | $80/member | $90/non-member AT FeeD A rAy includes Aquarium admission SL ADuLt SLeePOver WeeKenDS | 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. AGES | 10+ years | Seals & Sea Lions | Sea Otters At the Ray Touchpool, you can feed a cup of 13+ years | Sharks Enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the food to the rays. This is available poolside Some height restrictions apply. Participants under Aquarium at night. Unwind with yoga and while supplies last. Please bring cash. 16 years must be accompanied by an adult meditation before meeting an animal, RSVP | (562) 951-1630 hearing an informal lecture by a marine COST | $5 educator, taking guided tours, seeing special AT hArbOr tOur presentations, and sleeping next to one of AT ShArKS behinD-the-SCeneS tOurS Tour the Long Beach/Los Angeles Harbors our large exhibits. Included are a gourmet DAiLy | times vary with Harbor Breeze Cruises for a 45-minute pizza dinner with wine, beer, or soda and a This special Behind-the-Scenes Tour will narrated cruise around one of the most continental breakfast. give guests a glimpse of areas behind Shark active ports in the world. See the downtown Lagoon. The group will see the development COST | $60/member | $70/non-member shoreline, ocean vistas, ships from around the of our new Animal Care Center. The tour will AGES | 18+ years world, and even sea lions. Tours are offered GROUP SIzE | 20-60 participants focus on shark adaptations, shark husbandry, throughout the day on a daily basis. Tickets RSVP | (562) 951-1630 shark conservation, and the importance of may be purchased in advance or at the ticket sharks in the ocean ecosystems. And guests window upon arrival. Meet 15 minutes prior will go above our largest exhibit to feed the to departure at Dock #2. This program is led fish! and staffed by Harbor Breeze Cruises. COST | $11/member | $15/non-member COST | Members: $12/adult, $10/senior, $6/child does not include Aquarium admission (3-11) | non-members: $33.95/adult, $28.95/ AGES | 7+ years senior (62+) , $15.95/child (3-11) (includes LENGTH | one hour Aquarium admission) GROUP SIzE | maximum 10 participants RSVP | (562) 951-1630 RSVP | (562) 951-1630, online, or sign up on day of visit 14 | Pacific Currents | winter 2009
  15. 15. Aquarium Programs and Events special programs SP birthDAy PArtieS AvAiLAbLe by reServAtiOn OnLy Let us make your childs next birthday celebration special. The Aquarium will supply all the ingredients for an unforgettable party, including a themed one-hour classroom program featuring animal touch time, biofact discovery, and a take home souvenir craft project. The party concludes with an additional half hour in the classroom for the birthday celebration. Please bring your own birthday cake. Aquarium admission is included. All you need to do is call us a least two weeks prior to reserve a date (subject to availability), and then invite your guests. We also offer birthday sleepovers. COST | $33/member | $39/non-member | 15 person minimum, includes Aquarium admission AGES | all ages, one adult required per 10 children THEmES | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles GROUP SIzE | 15–45 participants INFO | (562) 951-1630 A sample of pumpkins decorated by Aquarium staff. topaz is the Aquariums behind-the-scenes mascot. aquarium sleepovers aquarium sleepovers SP AquArium On WheeLS AvAiLAbLe by reServAtiOn OnLy SL yOuth GrOuP SLeePOverS SL hOmeSChOOL FAmiLy SLeePOvermOnDAy Or WeDneSDAy eveninGS mOnDAy, nOvember 16 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. The Aquarium on Wheels is dedicated tobased on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. developing children’s appreciation for the Homeschool families are invited to join us asAnchors aweigh as we become sailors in search wonders of the ocean environment. Along we explore the Aquarium with fun and edu-of the missing treasures of the sea. Investigate with an educational presentation, hands-on cational hands-on activities. Included in yourthe fascinating aquatic food web and follow a activities, and environmental message, our sleepover will be a pizza dinner, light snack,treasure map in search of ocean knowledge! outreach educational program provides T-shirt painting, theater programs, animal children the chance to touch sharks, seaCOST/PERSON | $50/member | $60/non-member interactions, cereal breakfast, and more. stars, anemones, urchins, and other marineAGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone COST | $50/person inhabitants. This mobile tidepool exhibitGROUP SIzE | 20–60 participants AGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone is not just for schools—it is also great forRSVP | (562) 951-1630 RSVP | (562) 951-1630 display at festivals, fairs, and even birthdaySL neW hALLOWeen FAmiLy parties. Aquarium on Wheels will deliver a neW yeArS eve FAmiLy SLeePOver memorable experience for all!SLeePOver thurSDAy, DeCember 31 | 5:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.FriDAy, OCtOber 23 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. INFO | (562) 951-1630 Ring in 2010 and party with the fishes! YouHave a “spooktacular” evening at the Aquarium will start a new tradition when you bring yourwith creepy crawly critters, pumpkin painting, family to the Aquarium for a very memorableand a freaky flashlight tour. The sleepover New Year’s experience. Included in thisincludes a pizza dinner, a light snack, animal program are a pizza dinner, snack, cerealinteractions, cereal breakfast, and more. Family breakfast, and T-shirt. We will also have afriendly costumes are welcome. Space is sparkling cider toast to celebrate the Newlimited, so sign up today! Year.COST | $50/member | $60/non-member COST | $60/member | $70/non-memberAGES | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone AGES | 5+ yearsRSVP | (562) 951-1630 RSVP | (562) 951-1630Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. winter 2009 | Pacific Currents | 15