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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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Aquarium Conservation and Research

/images/conservation/IMG_3098.jpegAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/IMG_3098.jpeg links to Marianas Avifauna Conservation

Marianas Avifauna Conservation

The Marianas Avifauna Conservation (MAC) program started in 2004. This project is intended to provide the birds of 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.

/images/conservation/photo_4.JPGAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/photo_4.JPG links to The Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort

The Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort

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.

/images/conservation/Tree_Tracker_Long_Beach.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/Tree_Tracker_Long_Beach.jpg links to Urban Forest Program

Urban Forest Program

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

/images/conservation/kingfisher-male_RRiggs750.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/kingfisher-male_RRiggs750.jpg links to Guam Micronesian Kingfisher

Guam Micronesian Kingfisher

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.

/images/conservation/penguin_chick_2014Riggs750.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/penguin_chick_2014Riggs750.jpg links to Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins

The Aquarium of the Pacific actively participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Magellanic Penguin Species Survival Plan. Conservation and Research links to Breeding Projects and Program

Breeding Projects and Program

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

/images/conservation/brooke_770_513_80auto_c1_c_c_0_0_1.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/brooke_770_513_80auto_c1_c_c_0_0_1.jpg links to Southern Sea Otters

Southern Sea Otters

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).

/images/conservation/abalone-research.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/abalone-research.jpg links to Abalone Breeding

Abalone Breeding

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).

/images/conservation/blacktipcrop.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/blacktipcrop.jpg links to Artificial Insemination in Sharks

Artificial Insemination in Sharks

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.

/images/conservation/Coral-and-Sponge-900.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/Coral-and-Sponge-900.jpg links to Corals and Sponges: Potential Medicines from the Sea

Corals and Sponges: Potential Medicines from the Sea

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

/images/conservation/coral-SECOR-PaulSelvaggio900.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/coral-SECOR-PaulSelvaggio900.jpg links to Coral Reef Reproduction and Restoration: The SECORE Project

Coral Reef Reproduction and Restoration: The SECORE Project

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

/images/conservation/scientific-dive-LR.jpgAquarium Conservation and Research/images/conservation/scientific-dive-LR.jpg links to Scientific Dive Program

Scientific Dive Program

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.