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Conservation Programs

The Aquarium of the Pacific is dedicated to conservation, including education, community science and outreach, forums, and efforts to protect endangered species and threatened habitats.

Sea turtle in bed of truck being released back into the ocean

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Madeline Walden


Through sustainable operating practices, the Aquarium reduces its environmental impact and models sustainability. Outreach and education programs help members of our community learn more about how they can make a difference.

Community Science

The Aquarium offers community science programs that allow the public to engage with local efforts to monitor wildlife, record data, and learn about issues like climate change.

Scientific Divers

The Aquarium is an institutional member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, and its divers participate in local data and specimen collection projects.

Seafood for the Future

The Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program works with scientists, the seafood industry, and policymakers to support a healthier and more sustainable food supply, benefiting humans and the planet. It also educates the public about sustainable seafood with a focus on responsible marine aquaculture.

Films and Podcasts

The Aquarium’s original films connect visitors with ocean stories and environmental topics beyond the Aquarium’s walls. The Aquarium’s podcasts feature visiting scientists and other experts.

Forums & Workshops

Aquarium forums and workshops bring together scientists, policymakers, and others to develop solutions to complex problems relating to the ocean and environment.

Saving Endangered Species

The Aquarium conducts research and breeding programs on site to support endangered species. Staff members also participate in conservation field work and outreach programs.

What You Can Do

Learn what you can do to conserve resources, reduce your environmental impact, and be an ocean steward.


The Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Research Institute sponsors forums, publishes reports, and provides ocean conservation articles that connect the public with ocean science and the scientific community.

Conservation News

The underside of a sunflower star attached to clear acrylic with thousands of tube feet

Aquarium of the Pacific Partners with Others in California to Help a Critically Endangered Sea Star

The Aquarium of the Pacific, Birch Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, and the Sunflower Star Lab have successfully induced spawning in sunflower sea stars and hope to help reestablish wild populations off the nation’s west coast

Mountain yellow legged frog sitting on a rock by a body of water

Endangered Species Raised at the Aquarium of the Pacific and Santa Ana Zoo and Hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo Released into Local Wilderness

Approximately one hundred and seventy critically endangered southern mountain yellow-legged frogs were released into their wild habitat in the Southern California mountains on August 29 and 30, 2023.