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Aquarium of the Pacific

March 4, 2020

Offshore Oil Platform Decommissioning Forum Report

The Aquarium hosted a forum to investigate the issue of decommissioning oil rigs.

Once these structures have reached the end of their functional lifespan, drilling operators, government agencies, and surrounding communities must decide what to do with them.

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January 11, 2018

Forum Report: Sato-Umi in the Anthropocene

Report of a forum co-sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific and American Honda in partnership with the Honda Marine Science Foundation

On November 13-14, 2017, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Honda Marine Science Foundation convened and facilitated a forum on “Sato-umi in the Anthropocene.” The forum was designed to explore a number of approaches to “integrated” coastal management, in particular those that cross the land-sea boundary, some of which have been practiced for thousands of years, to see if lessons could be extracted to elevate awareness and stimulate action to reduce vulnerability in the “new normal” of rising sea level.

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October 5, 2012

Using Scenario Planning to Shape the Future of the Southern California Bight

and the Southern California Urban Ocean

The Aquarium of the Pacific is releasing a new report from an Aquatic Forum that gathered ocean experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the future of Southern California’s Urban Ocean that was held on July 24-26, 2012.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

September 27, 2011

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) in the Southern California Bight

In July 2011 the Aquarium of the Pacific together with the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute and Sea Grant program hosted a forum to discuss coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP). The report was released in October 2011.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

December 3, 2003

Forum on Ports II

This meeting was the second in what is planned to be a series of meetings having the end goal of creating a public exhibit and collateral programs on the Ports of San Pedro Bay at Aquarium of the Pacific. These programs and exhibits will serve to educate guests of all ages about our ports and why they are an essential component of a sustainable coastal community in the future.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

June 6, 2003

Forum on Ports

Our Ports in Perspective

The Aquarium of the Pacific is developing plans for a port exhibit. The Aquarium is the only aquarium in the country, perhaps the world, that focuses on building and sustaining natural capital—nature—by building and sustaining social capital—the ties between and among people.