February 10, 2012
At a reception in January, the Pacific Life Foundation honored the Aquarium with the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award, along with a $25,000 grant. The Aquarium will use the bulk of the awarded funds to support its Seafood for the Future (SFF) program. The remaining $5,000 will go toward programs that combine art and ocean education at the Aquarium. Pacific Life was the founding sponsor for SFF, aiding in the development and implementation of the program. SFF ensures that more sustainable seafood is offered in restaurants and markets throughout Southern California by providing resources for fisherman, seafood suppliers, chefs, and consumers.
The Pacific Life Foundation was also the founding underwriter of the Aquarium’s Whales: Voices in the Sea interactive exhibit kiosk, which opened in 2004 and has since been added at five other institutions across the country. The award-winning exhibit allows Aquarium visitors to listen to sounds made by different whale species and learn how the whales use these sounds to communicate and navigate. Additionally, since 2004 the Pacific Life Foundation has provided six grants totaling nearly $50,000 in support of the Aquarium Scholarship Fund. With this support, more than 5,100 disadvantaged students were able to visit the Aquarium.
“The Pacific Life Foundation is proud to work closely with the Aquarium in support of Seafood for the Future and the institution’s other innovative programs. We believe strongly in Seafood for the Future’s mission of preserving the health of our ocean’s ecosystems and applaud the Aquarium’s efforts to engage the public in learning about the ocean and its inhabitants,” said Bob Haskell, Pacific Life Foundation president and senior vice president of brand management and public affairs.
“Support from the Pacific Life Foundation has been essential to the realization of Seafood for the Future and Whales: Voices in the Sea. Bringing these programs to the public allows the Aquarium to teach ocean issues in meaningful ways and provide information that people can use in their daily lives to help protect our ocean,” said Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific.