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Conservation & Research Initiatives

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.

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Male Guam Micronesian Kingfisher at the Aquarium of the Pacific Hugh Ryono

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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Green Practices

Support Aquarium Conservation Projects

To learn more about how to make a grant in support of these projects, please contact Lindsay Yates at (562) 951-1679.

Lindsay Yates

Aquarium Conservation and Research

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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.

Piping plover chick

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.

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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.

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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.

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Magellanic Penguins

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

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

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).

White abalone on kelp

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Donors

The Aquarium of the Pacific relies on the contributions of individuals, foundations, corporations, and government partners to support vital animal care, conservation, and education programs. Thank you for your support.