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The Aquarium of the Pacific is much more than an Aquarium. It is a research institution dedicated to the conservation and research of threatened species and habitats.

Led by a strategic plan designed by the Board of Directors and Aquarium staff, the Aquarium is in a unique position to take a leading role in promoting environmental and ocean literacy.

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Marianas Avifauna Conservation buttonLink

The Marianas Avifauna Conservation (MAC) program started in 2004. This project is intended to provide the birdsof the Mariana archipelago with the best possible chances for long-term survival. Its objectives are preserving, maintaining, and establishing self-sustaining populations of native birds secure from the threat of the brown tree snake.

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The Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort buttonLink

The Great Lakes Piping Plover (GLPIPL) population was listed as federally endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1986. Historically, Piping Plovers nested throughout the Great Lakes (estimated population 500 to 800 pairs) but declined to about a dozen pairs, all within the state of Michigan, by the mid-1980s.

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Urban Forest Program buttonLink

The Urban Forest Program is a special initiative of the Earthwatch Institute in partnership with local non-profits and managers to connect people with nature in urban communities through citizen science.

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Guam Micronesian Kingfisher buttonLink

In cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Aquarium is currently working to help restore the population of this critically endangered species that is extinct in the wild.

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Magellanic Penguins buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific actively participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Magellanic Penguin Species Survival Plan.

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Breeding Projects and Program buttonLink

In addition to participating in the AZA’s Species Survival Programs (SSP), the Aquarium of the Pacific has an extensive breeding program.

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Southern Sea Otters buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific partners with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Sea Otter Research and Conservation program (SORAC) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to help conserve and protect threatened southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis).

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Abalone Breeding buttonLink

The Aquarium is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in an effort to increase abalone populations in Southern California as deemed necessary under the NMFS Final White Abalone Recovery Plan (2008).

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Artificial Insemination in Sharks buttonLink

Since 2009 the Aquarium’s staff veterinarian, Dr. Lance Adams, has been studying the feasibility of artificial insemination to help with the management of captive shark populations.

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Corals and Sponges: Potential Medicines from the Sea buttonLink

Many sponges, corals, and other marine organisms produce chemical compounds or harbor colonies of microorganisms that contain biologically active compounds.

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Coral Reef Reproduction and Restoration: The SECORE Project buttonLink

The Aquarium is a participant in the SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) Coral Reef Reproduction and Restoration Project that is taking place in Guam.

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Scientific Dive Program buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific is an institutional member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), the body that has established standards for scientific diving.

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Southern California Whale Research Project buttonLink

Since June 2010 the Aquarium of the Pacific has partnered with the Cascadia Research Collective in a research project designed to collect data that will improve understanding of the movements of blue whales in our survey area from Newport Beach to the Palos Verdes peninsula.