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2010 Spring Pacific Currents Aquarium of the Pacific

  1. 1. spring 2010 | volume 13 | number 2m e m b e r m a g a z i n e o f t h e a q u a r i u m o f t h e p a c i f i c Molina aniMal Care Center Expanding Animal Care at the Aquarium of the Pacific
  2. 2. Focus on Sustainability Californians could benefit from producing a safe and reliable source of sustainable seafood off our coast. kona Blue California aquaCulture a Challenge for our State It is important for California constituents to be aware of the looming seafood crisis especially if it becomes active with regards to legislation. M ore than two-thirds of the the national average with over 80 per- that with proper planning, including citing, world’s wild fish stocks are cent of its seafood coming from abroad, control of environmental impacts, and currently fished at or beyond mostly from Asia. Producing locally monitoring and enforcement, fish could sustainable levels. It is farmed seafood could reduce California’s be farmed in a sustainable manner off the predicted that the entire wild seafood carbon footprint on these imports, which coast of Southern California. industry could collapse in 50 years unless ranks third to our dependence on foreign The state of California is currently solutions are sought today. To examine oil. Consumers could rely on a safe and developing guidelines pertaining to marine solutions for dealing with the looming secure supply of fresh sustainable seafood. aquaculture. Unfortunately, this opportu- seafood crisis, the Aquarium of the Pacific California residents also stand to benefit nity for growth has taken a back seat to brought together government agencies, financially. It is estimated that an offshore the ongoing economic crisis. But offshore entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and finfish aquaculture industry in less than one aquaculture of yellowtail, striped bass, decision makers from state and federal percent of state waters could bring in up to mussels, and other species and stock aquaculture programs in September 2009. $1 billion. replenishment of white sea bass, abalone, “Creating California-farmed, environ- During the Aquarium’s September and Pacific rockfish species are possibilities mentally friendly seafood products has the 2009 meeting, participants questioned to be considered for the future. potential to reduce our carbon footprint, why California should be the one to solve As California constituents, it is important decrease pressures on wild fish species, the problem. However, by the end of the to be aware of this issue if it becomes reduce our importation of seafood, and two-day session, there was agreement that active with regards to legislation. To find increase state revenues,” said Aquarium California could reap economic benefits out more about sustainable seafood, please CEO Jerry R. Schubel. while at the same time establishing strict visit the Aquarium on Saturday, March 6 The United States imports over 70 environmental standards for the rest of for Sustainable Seafood Day. See page 11 percent of its seafood. California exceeds the nation to follow. Participants agreed for more information. 2 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  3. 3. Table of Contents in thiS iSSue letter from the Ceo 4 Animal Updates | Spot prawns are multiplying in the Northern Pacific Gallery. The Tropical Pacific Gallery explores the fishes of the marine national Dear memberS, monument in the Hawaiian Reef exhibit. H appy new Year! With the ongoing support of our members and 6 Molina Animal Care Center | Providing donors, the aquarium state-of-the-art examination, treatment, and had a successful 2009. We are recovery facilities for the Aquarium of the Pacific’s pleased to report that we animals, the new veterinary hospital will expand and experienced our 8th consecutive centralize care. year of attendance increases. We look forward to many exciting 19 Long Beach Breakwater  | The world’s projects in the year to come. largest breakwater is under scrutiny. The Aquarium As you will learn in the feature article of this issue, explores the options. our new Molina Animal Care Center will open in May. This facility will expand the Aquarium’s innovative care, teaching, and partnership opportunities in the growing field of aquatic veterinary medicine. With the additional space and upgraded technologies, the 27 Copenhagen and Carbon Aquarium will set a new and higher standard for care Compromise | An international gathering on of our animals. climate change was held last December to achieve This summer we will also be opening another an international climate change deal. exciting new exhibit. Our summer issue of Pacific currents will describe the transformation of our BP Sea Otter Habitat. The completely redesigned exhibit will portray essential features of the Central California coast and the habitat of the southern sea otter. We are 2 Focus on Sustainability 10 Aquarium Programs & Events excited about these enhancements made possible by 3 Letter from the CEO 20 Kids Corner the BP Foundation. As a Southern California destination, the Aquarium 4 Animal Updates 23 Aquarium News is located in a vibrant city and a very active coastal 6 Feature 27 Conservation Corner region. A population of more than 10 million people lives within 10 miles of this segment of the coast. It is also the stop-over place for one of the largest and most diverse gatherings of whales on their journeys Pacific currents is published for members of PHOnE nuMBErs (562 area code) north and south. The intersections of human society the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you have comments General Information........590-3100 and nature are rife with challenges and rich with about this magazine, please send an email to our fAX .......................................951-1629 opportunities. The Aquarium is expanding its discus- editorial staff at Membership ......................437-fIsH (3474) sion of the urban ocean, adding new programs, and a Our MIssIOn | To instill a sense of wonder, Development ....................951-1605 regularly scheduled urban ocean cruise. Stay tuned for respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Pacific Circle ......................951-1664 more information on this theme in upcoming issues of Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems Lost & found .....................951-1733 your member magazine. Private Event Info ............951-1663 Pacific currents sTAff | Editor/Writer: Education Programs .......951-1630 Alexi Holford | Copy Editor: Cecile fisher | Gift store ............................951-1sEA (1732) Sincerely, Designer: Andrew reitsma | Contributing Job Hotline.........................951-1674 Writer: Tricia Bennett Volunteer Hotline.............951-1659 Advanced Ticket sales ...590-3100, ext. 0 HOurs | Open daily from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. except (note: $2 service charge per ticket, up to $10.) Jerry R. Schubel Dec. 25 and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach Group reservations ........951-1695 MEMBErsHIP OffICE HOurs 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily the aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit 501(c)3 institution. to provide exciting and innovative exhibits and educational programs, we rely heavily on the generous donations of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Aquarium Founding Sponsor spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 3
  4. 4. Aquarium Updates In the sandy Bottom and Coastal Corner Exhibits located in the northern Pacific Gallery, be sure to check out our new sub-adult spot prawns (Pandalus platyceros). Thanks to the efforts of our Aquarist Jennifer O’Quin, the Aquarium cultured over 300 babies last year. Spot praWnS s pot prawns are found in the northeastern Pacific ocean from Unalaska island, alaska to San Diego, California and in the northwestern Pacific ocean from the Sea of Japan to the Korea Strait. They are found from the intertidal zone to depths of 1,600 feet (487 meters). These crustaceans are bottom dwellers, scavenging for food on the sea floor. The largest shrimp on the West Coast, female spot prawns can grow as long as nine inches (23 cm). They typically live to be seven years old. Not only are these prawns a Spot prawns are protandric favorite meal for fishes in temperate waters, but they are becoming more and more hermaphrodites, meaning popular with people as well. Spot prawns are protandric hermaphro- that they mature as a dites, meaning that they mature as a male first and then pass through a transition stage male first and then pass to become a female. Males become repro- ductively mature when they are around three through a transition stage inches (7.6 cm) in length. When an adult male reaches a size of roughly four inches to become a female. (10 cm) long, he can turn into a female if there is demand in the area for more females. At the Aquarium, once a female is pregnant, she is moved off exhibit and cared the sandy Bottom for behind the scenes in special holding tanks exhibit is sponsored by that are darkened to mimic the depths where Jim and Liz Breslauer. the prawns live in the ocean. As Aquarist Jennifer O’Quin continues to master her techniques in breeding spot prawns, the Bottom three photos: Jennifer o Quinn Aquarium will be able to share the offspring with other aquariums. 4 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  5. 5. Aquarium Updates SoUthern California/ BaJa Gallery aDDitionSandrew reitsma andrew reitsma haWaiian O n your next trip to the aquarium, take note of a few reef exhibit changes in the Southern California/Baja Gallery. We have added a Pacific seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) exhibit. Found off the coast of Southern California and down to Baja, these seahorses grow up to 12 inches in length. Several new animals can be The Aquarium’s Tropical Pacific Gallery features the new Hawaiian Reef exhibit, repre- seen in the Abalone exhibit. In addition senting the fauna of the Hawaiian Islands. This exhibit will introduce you to some of the to red abalone (Haliotis rufescens), guests can see lots of blue-banded animals that call the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument home. gobies (Lythrypnus dalli), a zebra goby (Lythrypnus zebra), blackeye gobies T he Papahānaumokuākea Marine (coryphopterus nicholsii), and opaleye national Monument, established in (Girella nigricans). 2006, is one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. It encompasses more than 100,000 square nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean, an area larger than all of the countrys national parks PleaSe note: combined. This protected area is remarkable because of its biodiversity, both in terms of the breadth of animals that live there and the teMPorary eXhiBit uniqueness of these animals because of the In the Aquariums new Hawaiian CloSinG relative isolation of the region. Approximately Reef exhibit, you will see yellow tangs 25 percent of the marine species in the (Zebrasoma flavescens), convict tangs starting January 11, 2010 the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine (acanthurus triostegus), flame wrasses Bp sea otter habitat in the National Monument are endemic to that area. (cirrhilabrus jordani), striped surgeonfish (acanthurus lineatus), rockmover wrasses northern pacific Gallery will be (novaculichthys taeniourus), spotted boxfish closed for renovations. the newly (Ostracion meleagris), lagoon triggerfish designed exhibit will open in (rhinecanthus aculeatus), and yellowtail may 2010. wrasse (coris gaimard). Be sure to check out this new exhibit. the Hawaiian reef exhibit is sponsored by Brittany and alexander rogers and catherine and Dominic Decristofaro spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 5
  6. 6. Molina aniMalCare Center The Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Molina Animal Care Center includes a veterinary hospital, a holding area, and a public exhibit.6 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  7. 7. On May 20 the Aquarium of the Pacific will open itsnew Molina Animal Care Center. The state-of-the-art14,000-square-foot facility will accommodate mammals,birds, and fishes. It will provide enhanced healthcare as wellas opportunities for our guests to view veterinary medicinein action. The Aquarium of the Pacific will be one of thefew aquariums that provides an opportunity for guests toobserve while the doctor is examining a patient.aMPle rooM will be two rooms for animals undergoing the required quarantine. There will also Aquarium staff to blaze new territory in animal care.anD UPDateD be a reptile room and holding cages for Innovative techniques have been used inteChnoloGy shorebirds and raptors. The holding area will be completed in the next phase of a number of operations by our veterinary staff. New surgical procedures wereLocated behind Shark Lagoon, the new construction. successfully conducted on a sea otter tohospital will feature a six-fold increase in The Molina Animal Care Center will repair internal eye damage to one eye andits examination area—from 300 square reach beyond the confines of a place to to remove a cataract in the other eye. Afeet to approximately 1,800 square care for animals. In the spirit of interactive moray eel needed a large growth removedfeet. The building is targeted to meet learning, it will allow visitors to watch from its head. A sawfish had an unfortu-LEED* Platinum standards, fulfilling the surgeries, animal examinations, and even nate encounter with a shark and injuredAquarium’s commitment to environmen- interact with the Aquarium’s veterinary its rostrum (a saw-like bill). Luckily, suchtally sensitive building practices for all new staff on occasion. This aspect of the new serious conditions are uncommon, but thestructures. With the addition of the $5.5 treatment center will offer unique insight Aquarium’s talented staff is prepared tomillion Molina Animal Care Center, the into the world of aquatic veterinary care. deal with them. And with the new MolinaAquarium will be able to provide excellent It will also showcase the Aquarium’s Animal Care Center, they will be bettercare more easily. dedication to stewardship to its wide array equipped to handle the myriad of veteri- The Aquarium’s veterinary hospital will of mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes, and nary needs of our animal collection.become more technologically advanced invertebrates. Diagnosing an exotic animal’s illnesswith new digital equipment. With an Eklin can be particularly difficult because theydigital radiography system, x-ray film willnot need to be processed and images can the aqUariUM instinctively hide problems. An aquarist might call the doctor if an animal has notbe more easily stored for diagnostic andrecord keeping purposes. This new equip- CareS been eating normally, but in such cases, observation is the best tool. When neces-ment also speeds up the entire process We all expect high standards for health sary, it is important that the Aquarium isof taking x-rays, which is better for the care for ourselves and our loved ones. Pet equipped to properly investigate and fixanimals. A high-tech microscope with a owners value the importance of excellent problems. Ultrasounds have been donecamera imaging system can take pictures veterinary care for their animal compan- on the female sea lions when pregnancyof slides. Just as with the x-ray machine, ions. The Aquarium of the Pacific also was suspected.this microscope will allow images to be believes in providing the best medical care X-rays have been taken of sharks.emailed to colleagues. New endoscopy possible for its animals. With the opening Anesthesia has been given to fish whenand laparoscopy equipment will provide of the new Molina Animal Care Center, undergoing surgery. When an animal isopportunities to perform minimally the Aquarium will be at the vanguard of not well, the Aquarium provides the bestinvasive techniques and view the patient aquatic veterinary medicine. care possible.internally with a camera. Most people are not aware of the level The Aquarium’s animal care team is Holding and quarantine areas for fish, of care that the 11,000 animals receive at composed of more than 50 staff members.marine mammals, and birds will be housed the Aquarium. In addition to feeding them Dr. Lance Adams is the the Molina Animal Care Center as well. restaurant-quality food and ensuring that Colleen McLaughlin is the veterinaryThe biggest tank at the Aquarium, a 40- they have precisely what they need in their technician. Like many veterinary profes-foot diameter tank that holds 56,000 gal- customized exhibits, the animals are given sionals at zoos and aquariums, providinglons of water, will provide critical holding regular exams. And over the years, there medical care to the animals meansspace for the Aquarium’s sharks and larger have been times that an unusual condition understanding and caring for thousandsanimals. For new Aquarium arrivals, there developed in a marine animal that allowed of species. Still, like other animal doctors, spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 7
  8. 8. The Molina Animal Care Center will reach beyond the confines of a place to care for animals. In the spirit of interactive learning, it will allow visitors to watch surgeries, animal examinations, and even interact with the Aquarium’s veterinary staff on occasion. Dr. Adams examines a sea otter. aquarium veterinarians diagnose illnesses, mammalogist, the veterinarian, a curator, healthcare to our animals and a place for perform surgery and prescribe medicines. a life support technician, an aviculturalist, visitors to learn more about the health Additionally, many other staff members and a volunteer. These interactive features and biology of our collection,” said Molina. ensure the animals’ health and behind- will also be available on the Aquarium’s “We are also very pleased with the efforts the-scene safety by assisting with medical, website as well as at Miller Children’s being made to minimize the impact of the quarantine, and breeding activities. Hospital. new building on the environment and the Another extremely important aspect to The Aquarium will be partnering with the energy-saving features that have been in- caring for marine life is water quality. Like Miller Children’s Hospital at Long Beach corporated into its design.” For his support the air we breathe, sea water needs to be Memorial Medical Center with a new and in recognition of the $2 million gift from clean and free of contaminants for aquatic program. Children will be able to watch a Molina Healthcare and the Molina family, animals to be healthy and thrive. The live video feed of Aquarium staff working the center has been respectfully named in Aquarium also relies heavily on the staff in in the Molina Animal Care Center. This their honor. Through a staff campaign in charge of life support, which refers to the collaboration will provide an opportunity for 2008, Aquarium employees and volunteers people who make sure the nuts and bolts a young patient in the hospital to ask ques- donated $40,000 for the large holding pool of all the exhibits are working properly. tions and talk directly to the veterinarian or mentioned earlier. Additional donors are Without proper drainage, filtration, and other husbandry professional. listed in the column on the next page. electrical supply, the Aquarium would not Visitors will also learn about our The new Molina Animal Care Center is be able to create habitats that mimic the animals with activities that help show the scheduled to open to the public May 20, real world. connections between a healthy animal 2010. Members are invited to attend one and a healthy environment. For budding of the dates below for special viewing. ViSitinG hoUrS scientists and those interested in zoology, the new center will provide incentives to • May 16: Family Night Aquarium guests will have many opportuni- pursue marine-related careers. As always, • May 17: Adult Night ties to learn at the new Molina Animal Care we hope our members and guests leave • May 19: Pacific Circle Event Center. Each day a volunteer will explain with the desire to help protect the natural a live procedure or offer one of several environments that marine animals live in As an institution that strives to maintain educational shows. As guests pass by the and maybe even learn how to become a the highest quality standards for animal hospital viewing windows, the veterinarian volunteer at the Aquarium. care, the Aquarium is proud of the addition could be working on an animal. Maybe a of the Molina Animal Care Center. This new surgery on a fish will be in progress. Maybe an otter will be getting its teeth cleaned. a new fUtUre facility will enable our husbandry team to optimize their practices, while also provid- Windows and overhead computer monitors Aquarium Board Chairman J. Mario Molina, ing our visitors with a new and interesting will make it possible for everyone to see. M.D. has been an integral part of the opportunity to understand more about our Two interactive kiosks offer a chance to vision of the new animal hospital. With animal ambassadors of the Pacific Ocean. delve deeper. One kiosk will feature stories his background as president and CEO of With the completion of the Molina Animal of medical successes such as Dr. Adams’ Molina Healthcare, he has had a wealth of Care Center, the Aquarium of the Pacific groundbreaking operation to repair the expertise to offer throughout the process. will join a small handful of aquariums bill of the sawfish. The other kiosk will “We are very pleased with the progress be- worldwide with such state-of-the-art present a behind-the-scenes look at the ing made on the Animal Care Center. When facilities. duties of various team members. This video completed, it will give the Aquarium of will feature interviews with an aquarist, a the Pacific a world-class facility to provide8 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  9. 9. aDDitional DonorS Several members of the $1,000,000+ Molina family at the initial Molina Healthcare, Inc. unveiling of the Molina Animal Care Center The Molina Family: renderings. Josephine Battiste Martha and Tino Bernadettthe molina family and molina healthcare support new center John and Michelle Molina Mario and Therese Molina Laurence and Janet Watt$2 million gift $250,000+tranSformS animal Care Anonymous $100,000+ Steve and Fran Conley A s chairman of the aquarium’s board of philosophy naturally extends to supporting the Directors, Dr. J. mario molina knows the Molina Animal Care Center to enhance animal health $50,000+ importance of caring for the aquarium’s care at the Aquarium. Betty White Ludden 11,000 animals. When the Aquarium Thanks to the Molina family and Molinadeveloped an expansion plan that included a Healthcare, millions of guests will be able to watch $40,000+state-of-the-art Animal Care Center, he knew that veterinary science in action. Dr. Lance Adams, the 2008 Employee andhe, his family, and his company would want to be Aquarium’s veterinarian, is looking forward to moving Volunteer Staff Campaigninvolved. into his new animal hospital and remarked, “Our Dr. Molina brought together his four siblings and hope is that by observing these unique exams and $25,000+his company to make a combined gift of $2 million. procedures, young students will be inspired to pursue Jeanne M. BrodeurThe family contributions are from Dr. Molina and a career in the sciences.”his wife Therese, John and Michelle Molina, Martha $10,000+and Tino Bernadett, Janet and Laurence Watt, and Jeanne B. SleeperJosephine Battiste. “Together, the family’s commit- In 1980 Dr. C. David Molina opened a clinic Dennis C. Poulsen andment demonstrates their shared passion for the Suzanne M. Poulsenocean, education, and conservation,” said Aquarium in Long Beach where he cared for patientsCEO Jerry Schubel. $5,000+ regardless of their ability to pay. That clinic “The fact that guests will now be able to observe Anonymousanimal exams and interact with the talented staff has grown into Molina Healthcare, Inc.—one Valerie and Bob Hoffman Frank and Margie Newellthat care for these animals is what really drew us of the fastest growing managed healthcare John and Susanne Rouseto this project,” said John Molina, who also serveson the Aquarium Board of Directors and is CFO of companies in the country. Today the Molina $1,000+Molina Healthcare. Josephine Battiste added, “Notonly will animal care be enhanced, but so will the family continues to honor their father’s Dr. Lance and Mrs. Amy Adams Andrew and Diana Cohenguest experience. My children are eager to see the tradition of helping others by funding the Deanna DavissonAquarium’s veterinarian at work.” As president and CEO of Molina Healthcare, Dr. Molina Animal Care Center to care for the Theresa Demonte Mary Jo GreenbergJ. Mario Molina is proud to have Molina Healthcare animals that help inspire millions of visitors R.J. Kurtzsponsor the Molina Animal Care Center. Having Coral and Ron Levinalways been committed to serving the less fortunate to protect the ocean environment. Tina and Brian Sartyand underserved communities, Molina Healthcare’s Jerry R. and Margaret H. Schubel Jeffrey SpoffordSponsorship and gift opportunities for the Molina Animal Care Center are still available. For more information, Henny Struijkcontact the development office at (562) 951-1664. Richard and Amy Toyama spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 9
  10. 10. Aquarium Programs and Events The Aquarium of the Pacific offers programs and events for all ages and interests. With exclusive events for our members, cultural festivals, a guest speaker series, and educational classes for families and children, there is something for everyone. great aQuarium aCtivitieS! member events Please join us for one of these select events just for our members and their guests. M BEhiND-thE-SCENES Night SUNDAy, MArCh 7 (FAMiLy Night) MONDAy, MArCh 8 (ADULt Night, 21+ ONLy) 6:30–9:30 P.M. Members are invited to learn the secrets of the Aquarium at our Behind-the-Scenes Night. Participate in special tours led by husbandry and education staff, get a sneak peek of the new Molina Animal Care Center that opens in May 2010, and explore areas not open to the public, such as the Tropical Reef Habitat from above the water. Please note: Children must be at least 7 years of age to go on the full behind-the-scenes tour; there enJoY an entertaining evening will be a mini behind-the-scenes tour for all ages in our education classrooms. COsT | Free for members; members’ guests receive member events member events 20% off regular admission RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by M BLUE CAvErN LOUNgE M MEMBEr PrEviEWS Thursday, March 4 FriDAy, APriL 2 | 7:00–10:00 p.m. SUNDAy, MAy 16 (FAMiLy Night) MONDAy, MAy 17 (ADULt Night, 21+ ONLy) M St. PAtriCK’S DAy PArty Steward Level and Pacific Circle members are 6:30–9:30 P.M. ON thE QUEEN MAry invited to enjoy an entertaining and relaxing WEDNESDAy, MArCh 17 | 6:30–10:00 p.m. (21+ only) evening at the exclusive Blue Cavern Lounge. On this special evening, members will be Stroll through the Aquarium and listen to live among the first to view not one, but two Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on board the special exhibits. Discover the Molina Animal historic Queen Mary at our exclusive member music in the Tropical and Northern Pacific Galleries. Desserts and coffee will be served Care Center, where you will see how we event. Join us in the beautiful Queen’s Salon care for our animals in our new state-of- as you experience live Irish style entertain- in front of the Blue Cavern exhibit. If you are not already a Steward Level member or a the-art treatment and recovery facility. This ment, Irish food and drinks, contests, and a veterinary hospital includes a viewing area raffle. Be sure to dress “green” for the event part of the Pacific Circle, please upgrade your membership and join us at our Blue Cavern where you can watch animal examinations, as there will be prizes for the person who surgeries, and interact with veterinary staff. wears the most color green and for the per- Lounge. We thank all of our 2009 Pacific Circle members (listed on page 26). In addition, members are invited to see the son whose outfit is the most environmentally newly remodeled BP Sea Otter Habitat, which friendly. Your ticket includes parking at the COsT | Free for Steward Level and Pacific Circle will not only contribute to a better overall ex- Queen Mary, Irish buffet, a beverage coupon, members perience for the sea otters and our staff, but and live entertainment. RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by also for our members and guests. You won’t Tuesday, March 30 want to miss this exclusive member preview. COsT | $29.95 per person for members and guests RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by COsT | Free for members; members’ guests receive Tuesday, March 2 20% off regular admission. RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) required by Thursday, May 13 10 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  11. 11. Aquarium Programs and Events SAvE thE DAtE Shark lagoon nights through May 7 Fridays (except April 16) NEW AND NOtEWOrthy aquarium Closed for Grand Prix Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 16-18 festivalsTo honor the rich diversity of Southern California,the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts cultural and familyfestivals throughout the year. Check our website formore details and additional family festivals.F SUStAiNABLE SEAFOOD DAySAtUrDAy, MArCh 6 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Learn how to help our ocean one bite ata time on Sustainable Seafood Day. Theevent will feature cooking demonstrationsfrom some of the area’s top chefs and willinform guests on how seafood consumption See ChilDren Shinechoices can help save our seas. Talk toorganizations that promote sustainable at Día Del niñoseafood practices and pick up some recipes.Learn about the Aquarium’s new sustainableseafood program, Seafood for the Future( As always, festivals festivalssustainable seafood will be available forpurchase in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba. F EArth DAy FEStivAL F DíA DEL NiñOCOsT | Free for members SAt.–SUN., APriL 24-25 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. SAtUrDAy-SUNDAy, MAy 1-2 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. members’ guests Learn what you can do to help our ocean In celebration of Día del Niño (Childrens receive 20% off planet at the Aquarium’s tenth annual Earth Day), the Aquarium celebrates the amazing regular admission Day festival. Join the Aquarium for a weekend talents of children of all cultures. This festivalINFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) of family fun celebrating Earth Day while will feature international music and dance learning simple, everyday tips to protect performed by youngsters representingF DivErS DAy our environment. Visit booths from various Hispanic, Asian, Southeast Asian, AfricanSUNDAy, MArCh 28 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Earth-friendly organizations and participate American, and Pacific Islander cultures.Learn all about the history and recent in hands-on learning demonstrations for Guests can partake in arts and crafts,advancements in diving at the Aquarium’s people of all ages. On Saturday the Long storytelling, interactive music performances,annual Divers Day. There will be educational Beach Water Department will host a number and face painting. Over the weekend, thepresentations and dive demonstrations in of organizations related to water conservation Aquarium will present its annual Young Herothe exhibits. The Aquarium will also host a on our front lawn. Award in recognition of one young person’snumber of organizations that are related to efforts to make this planet a better place. Thethe sport and science of diving. The diving COsT | Free for members | members’ guests receive event will feature an international Childrenscommunity is invited to find out about 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) Day parade and opportunities to paint andvolunteer diving and other opportunities for be part of the world-wide Art Miles muralinvolvement with dive-related organizations project, which brings people together throughin Southern California. Divers who present art. Celebrate the children in your life throughvalid proof of certification with their photo this special annual event for all ages.I.D. will receive free admission. COsT | Free for members |members’ guests receiveCOsT | Free for members | members’ guests receive 20% off regular admission 20% off regular admission INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474)INFO | (562) 437-FISH (3474) spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 11
  12. 12. Aquarium Programs and Events Hear guest speakers from across the country. Learn about our ocean planet and much more. leCtureS on a varietY of topiCS guest speakers guest speakers guest speakers The Aquarium hosts guest lectures on a variety of topics from experts across the country. GS iAN MitrOFF | Dirty Rotten Strategies GS ED hUMES | Eco Barons tUESDAy, MArCh 9 | 7:00 p.m. thUrSDAy, APriL 22 | 7:00 p.m. GS ShEiLA SEMANS riKK From the crippling mortgage crisis to the In the latest book by Ed Humes, he examines KvitEK | Seafloor Mapping heated debate on health care reform, our a number of environmental leaders and WEDNESDAy, MArCh 3 | 7:00 p.m. efforts to solve the most pressing challenges thinkers who are addressing the climate, The California Seafloor Mapping Project continually fail for one simple reason: we’re extinction, and energy crises in novel ways, is a collaborative, multi-institutional addressing the wrong problems, according to offering realistic assessments of the chal- campaign creating the first comprehensive, Dr. Ian Mitroff. Join us as Mitroff discusses lenges before us. These leaders include such high-resolution base map of Californias his latest book, written together with statisti- examples as the former CEO of Esprit, who state waters from the shoreline out to three cian Abraham Silvers. Mitroff will discuss has preserved and donated more rainforest nautical miles. The creation of a geologic and the errors that underlie most major problem- than anyone on the planet. Humes also looks habitat base map supports the states Marine solving mistakes and detail the best strategies to Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burts Life Protection Act Initiative goal to create for effectively addressing concerns. For nearly Bees, who has preserved the great Maine a statewide network of Marine Protected 25 years, Mitroff has been the trusted expert Woods Thoreau explored and wrote about. Areas. Join us for a lecture by two experts in on crisis management in virtually every major Not to mention Andy Frank, the father of the the field of seafloor mapping. incident—from Enron to the war in Iraq. plug-in hybrid car. Sheila Semans joined the Coastal A journalist and author of ten narrative GS NEiL SiMS | Marine Conservancy in 2000 and has been staff to nonfiction books, Humes has received the Conservation Initiative Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the California Ocean Protection Council since thUrSDAy, MArCh 18 | 7:00 p.m. the military and a PEN Center USA Award its inception in 2004. With over seventeen years of experience working in land and water Responsible open ocean mariculture—the for no Matter How Loud i shout: a Year in the conservation, Semans currently focuses her environmentally sound farming of marine Life of Juvenile court. Humes has written for work on developing the state’s ocean observ- fish in the ocean—is a relatively new term numerous magazines and newspapers and ing program and mapping the seafloor. that seeks to break free from the stigma is presently writer at large for Los angeles Dr. Rikk Kvitek is a professor in the widely associated with “fish farming.” In this Magazine. Division of Science and Environmental presentation, Neil Sims will examine current Policy, California State University, Monterey public perceptions concerning farmed fish, Bay, where he also directs the Seafloor their roots, and influencers. He will discuss Mapping Lab and the COAST Technology how growing awareness of the need for sus- Center for Spatial Information Visualization tainable seafood is presenting an opportunity and Analysis. for a major shift in consumer attitudes about mariculture. Kona Blue’s pioneering open ocean mariculture operation will be described as an example of how the Blue Revolution can positively impact the marketplace. 12 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  13. 13. Aquarium Programs and Events Seeking SuStainable SolutionS AQUATIC ACADEMYexplore our Myth BUStErSnational parkS SEEKiNg SOLUtiONS ian shive WEDNESDAyS, APriL 21, 28 AND MAy 5, 12 sustainability and greening have become buzz words for strategies that will ensure that planet earth guest speakers guest speakers will continue to support human life. unfortunately, some issues haveGS iAN ShivE | Storytelling with Nature JiM SANChiriCO | Ocean Zoning GS become stumbling blocks on the roadPhotography: From the Top of the thUrSDAy, MAy 13 to sustainability. for instance, doesWorld to the Depths of the Ocean We need an adaptive ocean governance that nuclear energy have an importanttUESDAy, APriL 27 | 7:00 p.m. fosters a sustainable and wise use of the place in the portfolio of non-fossil fuelsTake a photographic journey from the ocean and coastal resources. We also need to or a threat to human health? are citiesunderwater ecosystems of the Biscayne reward innovation and establish ways other a burden on the environment or a greenNational Park to the highest mountain in than regulation to address use conflicts in way to live? are genetically engineeredNorth America with Ian Shive, author and the marine environments. This lecture will crops the work of the devil or a way tophotographer of the book the national Parks: focus on the two steps that are necessary increase productivity, save land areaOur american Landscape. Shives discussion in the development of adaptation policy for for nature, and reduce the use of pes-will explore the challenges of finding new U.S. marine and coastal ecosystems. The first ticides and herbicides? and is oceanways to capture the classic and iconic step establishes better-defined rights and re- aquaculture (mariculture) needed toAmerican National Parks—parks that have sponsibilities for commercial and recreational meet demand and protect wild fishbeen photographed hundreds of times over fisheries, and the second step establishes a stocks or a threat to the ocean?the years. Shive will reflect on the role of broader ocean governance framework that we invite you to join us in thelandscape photography in storytelling: how includes comprehensive planning, dominant exploration of issues like these in oura single photo can reveal a place through use zones, and ecological standards. four-week course.composition, layers, color, and light and how Dr. Jim Sanchirico is a professor of COsT | $50/members | $60 public | $10 extraall of these elements not only tell a story, Environmental Science and Policy at the fee for ceu creditbut can also capture the emotion of nature. University of California, Davis. His expertise WHERE | watershed classroomIn addition, Shive will specifically discuss encompasses the economic analysis of policy aquarium of the pacificthe challenges of shooting underwater, design and implementation for marine and 100 aquarium wayhow he overcomes these challenges, and terrestrial species conservation, the develop- long Beach, ca 90802the importance of shooting in underwater ment of economic-ecological models for fore- RsVP | 562-590-3100, ext. 0ecosystems to show the complete picture of casting the effects of resource managementour wilderness and national parks. policies on the economics and ecology, and the control and prevention of invasive species. He recently served on the National Research Council’s committee to review the U.S. Ocean Research Priorities Plan. Guest speaker sponsor: COsT | Free for Pacific Circle members | $4/members $8/non-members RsVP | (562) 437-FISH (3474) spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 13
  14. 14. Aquarium Programs and Events Bring your whole family and spend an evening exploring the Aquarium after dark during our Aquarium sleepovers. Discover the unique relationships and habitats of our ocean critters through hands-on activities and gallery observations. andrew reitsma fun aQuarium SleepoverS! aquarium tours aquarium sleepovers aquarium sleepovers These programs are opportunities to see the Pack your sleeping bag and toothbrush for a night Aquarium and its animals in a different light. of adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific. These SL FAMiLy SLEEPOvEr programs include a pizza dinner, snack, craft, cereal based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. AT BEhiND-thE-SCENES tOUrS breakfast, and T-shirt. Bring your whole family and spend an evening DAiLy | times vary exploring the Aquarium after dark. Discover Guests will go above our largest exhibit to SL BirthDAy PArty SLEEPOvEr the unique relationships and habitats of our feed the fishes, get a glimpse of areas behind based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. ocean critters through hands-on activities and Shark Lagoon, and see the development of Join us for an all-night celebration with a gallery observations. our new Molina Animal Care Center. special birthday party sleepover featuring COsT/PERsON | $50/member | $60/non-member animal touch time, a feeding opportunity, AgEs | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone COsT | $11/member | $15/non-member presentations, a behind-the-scenes tour, and gROuP sIzE | 20–60 participants does not include Aquarium admission crafts. Please bring your own birthday cake. RsVP | (562) 951-1630 AgEs | 7+ years LENgTH | one hour COsT | $60/member | $70/non-member gROuP sIzE | maximum 10 participants AgEs | 5+ years | one adult required per 10 children SL yOUth grOUP SLEEPOvEr MONDAy Or WEDNESDAy EvENiNgS RsVP | (562) 951-1630, online, or sign up on day of visit THEMEs | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles based on availability | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. gROuP sIzE | 20–50 participants AT ANiMAL ENCOUNtErS RsVP | (562) 951-1630 Anchors aweigh as we become sailors in search SAtUrDAyS and SUNDAyS | see times below of the missing treasures of the sea. Investigate SL ADULt SLEEPOvEr the fascinating aquatic food web and follow a Join us for a very special experience to learn FriDAy, MArCh 5 | 6:00 p.m.–9:00 a.m. treasure map in search of ocean knowledge! about feeding and caring for some of our marine animals. Roll up your sleeves, prepare Enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the COsT/PERsON | $50/member | $60/non-member some food, and get ready to be up close and Aquarium at night. Unwind with yoga and AgEs | 5+ years, plus adult chaperone personal for a feeding with a seal, sea lion, meditation before meeting an animal, gROuP sIzE | 20–60 participants sea otter, or even a shark. There are lots of hearing an informal lecture by a marine RsVP | (562) 951-1630 surprises along the way, so be prepared to get educator, taking guided tours, seeing special your hands wet! presentations, and sleeping next to one of our large exhibits. Included are a gourmet THEMEs | Seals Sea Lions 9:30–11:30 a.m. | Sharks pizza dinner with wine, beer, or soda and a 12:30–2:30 p.m. | Sea Otters 12:30–2:30 p.m. continental breakfast. COsT | $80/member | $90/non-member includes Aquarium admission COsT | $60/member | $70/non-member AgEs | 10+ years | Seals Sea Lions | Sea Otters AgEs | 18+ years 13+ years | Sharks gROuP sIzE | 20-60 participants Some height restrictions apply. Participants under RsVP | (562) 951-1630 16 years must be accompanied by an adult RsVP | (562) 951-1630 14 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010
  15. 15. Aquarium Programs and Events special programs outdoor adventures Go beyond the Aquarium to participate in one of SP BirthDAy PArtiESAvAiLABLE By rESErvAtiON ONLy these offsite classes in the great outdoors.Let us make your childs next birthday OA NAtUrE By KAyAKcelebration special. The Aquarium will supply SUN., MArCh 14 | SUN., APriL 18 | SAt., MAy 15all the ingredients for an unforgettable party, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noonincluding a themed one-hour classroom Join us for a morning of gentle paddling in theprogram featuring animal touch time, Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve for anbiofact discovery, and a take home souvenir up-close view of nature. After an introductorycraft project. The party concludes with an lesson, you will be led on a naturalist-guidedadditional half hour in the classroom for nature kayak expedition. Both double and singlethe birthday celebration. Please bring your kayaks are available in this off-site class.own birthday cake. Aquarium admission is bY kaYak andrew reitsmaincluded. All you need to do is call us a least COsT | $53/member | $58/non-membertwo weeks prior to reserve a date (subject to AgEs | 11+ years, plus adult chaperone if under age 16availability), and then invite your guests. We WHERE | meets offsite | map included in confirmationalso offer birthday sleepovers. materials RsVP | (562) 951-1630COsT | $33/member | $39/non-member | 15 person minimum, includes Aquarium admission Youth Programs OA grAy WhALE WAtChAgEs | all ages, one adult required per 10 children SEASONALTHEMEs | Sharks, Marine Mammals, or Turtles YP JUNiOr BiOLOgiSt PrOgrAM Take a voyage with Harbor Breeze Cruises in SAtUrDAyS | 9:30–11:30 a.m. | topics vary, see belowgROuP sIzE | 15–45 participants search of whales as they migrate along our Participants will independently investigateINFO | (562) 951-1630 coastline. Learn about these gentle giants marine life during this exploratory program. from an Aquarium onboard educator. This class offers hands-on animal touch time, COsT | Members: $25/adult | $20/senior (ages 62+) Aquarium animal observation, and activities $15/child (ages 3-11) relating to each topic. Select the topic that Non-members (includes Aquarium admission): is most interesting, or take all the classes to $42.95/adult | $39.95/senior | $28.95/child learn about the variety of animals found at LENgTH | 2-2.5 hours the Aquarium. AgE | Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult TOPIC | Northern Pacific MarCH 13 (ages 7-10) RsVP | (562) 951-1630 MarCH 20 (ages 10-12) SP AQUAriUM ON WhEELS Tropical Pacific aPrIL 3 (ages 7-10)AvAiLABLE By rESErvAtiON ONLy OA DOLPhiN AND SEA LiFE CrUiSE aPrIL 10 (ages 10-12)The Aquarium on Wheels is dedicated to SEASONAL Sharks May 8 (ages 7-10)developing children’s appreciation for the May 15 (ages 10-12) The Pacific Ocean is home to many wondrouswonders of the ocean environment. Along COsT | $19/member | $24/non-member animals year ‘round. Join us as we search forwith an educational presentation, hands-on due to the popularity of this program, all dolphins, seals, sea lions, and marine birds participants must RSVP and pre-pay; does notactivities, and environmental message, our on our Dolphin and Sea Life Cruise. This is an include Aquarium admissionoutreach educational program provides experience you and your family will not soon RsVP | (562) 951-1630children the chance to touch sharks, sea forget.stars, anemones, urchins, and other marineinhabitants. This mobile tidepool exhibit COsT | Members: $25/adult, $20/senior (ages 62+) YP JOB ShADOW SAtUrDAyS | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 not just for schools—it is also great for $15/child (ages 3-11) topics vary, see belowdisplay at festivals, fairs, and even birthday Non-members (includes Aquarium admission):parties. Aquarium on Wheels will deliver a $42.95/adult, $39.95/senior (ages 62+) This program is for students who arememorable experience for all! $28.95/child (ages 3-11) interested in animal husbandry or marine AgEs | Children under 16 must be accompanied by biology careers. Students will learn whatINFO | (562) 951-1630 an adult it takes to run a world-class aquarium and LENgTH | 2-2.5 hours get a hands-on opportunity to participate RsVP | (562) 951-1630 in everyday activities that help maintain the Aquarium. Students will go behind the scenes, shadowing education and husbandry staff. TOPIC | Aquarist MarCH 6 | Mammalogist aPrIL 3 Aviculturist May 1 COsT | $24/member | $29/non-member does not include Aquarium admission AgEs | grades 7–12 RsVP | (562) 951-1630Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change. spring 2010 | Pacific Currents | 15
  16. 16. Aquarium Programs and Events in the Aquariums education classes, children investigate the ocean world in programs that include interactive and hands-on activities. these classes foster discovery as well as interaction in relationships. andrew reitsma DiSCover the oCean WorlD! Saturday family fun programs aqua tots aqua tots Children, along with a parent or adult chaperone, Toddlers team up with their parent or chaperone AQ SLiPPEry tO PriCKLy will investigate the ocean world in a structured for a first look into ocean life. Each of the Aqua Tots tUESDAy, MAy 4 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. classroom program that includes interactive programs focuses and expands on a particular concept and hands-on activities. These programs foster while encouraging adult and child interaction. Whether it’s a slippery sea cucumber, soft the students’ discovery as well as interaction in and velvety bat ray, prickly sea urchin, or relationships. AQ SOUNDS OF thE SEA simply the smooth shell of a hermit crab, thUrSDAy, MArCh 4 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. discover the many lovable and touchable FP ShArK SLEUthS creatures that live in the ocean. Learn what Shake, rattle, and roll as we listen to the SAtUrDAy, MArCh 27 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. can be explored safely as we use our sense of sounds of the ocean. Experience the wonder- Discover how sharks’ amazing adaptations touch on a journey through the Pacific Ocean. ful world of sea sounds, from the songs of a make them excellent predators. Get an up- big blue whale to the barking of a sea lion. close view of these creatures and others as AQ SUPEr SENSES OF thE SEA thUrSDAy, MAy 20 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. we learn all about sharks! AQ COLOrS OF thE OCEAN tUESDAy, MArCh 16 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. Smell the salty air and feel the cool breeze as FP MAgNiFiCENt MAriNE MAMMALS we use our senses to explore how ocean ani- Below the surface of the blue ocean are SAtUrDAy, APriL 24 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. mals use their sight, taste, touch, and hearing animals with amazing colors. Some are bright What is warm-blooded, hairy, breathes air, in their watery home. Immerse yourself in and flashy while others blend into the ocean and lives in the ocean? Marine mammals! Join the wonder and discovery of this interactive bottom. Discover some of these colorful ani- us as we learn the special ways sea otters, program. mals, and search for those that may be hiding. seals, sea lions, whales, and other marine mammals survive in the sea. AQ ShOrELiNE ShAPES COsT | aduLT-CHILd PaIr: $24/member tUESDAy, APriL 13 | 4:00–5:30 p.m. $30/non-member | addITIoNaL PerSoN: SEA JELLiES AND OthEr FP Did you know a sea jelly is shaped a lot $10/person, includes Aquarium admission iNCrEDiBLE iNvErtEBrAtES like a bell or that some fishes are as flat as AgEs | 2–3 years, plus adult chaperone SAtUrDAy, MAy 29 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. RsVP | (562) 951-1630 pancakes? In the Aquarium, there are eels so They may be spineless, but they are the skinny they look like shoestrings! Explore the backbone of nature. Join us as we learn all exciting shapes of ocean life through a craft, about jellies and their invertebrate relatives songs, and hands-on activities. that inhabit the ocean. AQ MOviN’ grOOviN’ COsT | aduLT-CHILd PaIr: $24/member $36/non-member BENEAth thE SEA thUrSDAy, APriL 29 | 3:00–4:30 p.m. exTra PerSoN: $10/person (includes Aquarium admission) Roll like an otter and slide like a snail as we AgEs | 4–6 years, plus adult chaperone discover animals through movement. Explore RsVP | (562) 951-1630 the world of sea creatures by taking a closer look at the way they move. Join us as we move and groove like the animals beneath the sea! 16 | Pacific Currents | spring 2010 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all programs unless noted. Call (562) 951-1630. All prices subject to change.