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Suggestions for the name of the Aquarium's newsletter ranged from Squid Ink to Tunicate Times.
The cover of the Fall 1980 newsletter featured Julie Packard's drawings of the marine algae of Monterey Bay.
Aquarium Newsletter Makes Its Debut
October 1979The first Aquarium newsletter includes an update on the arduous permit process for building the new Aquarium. Traffic and parking are the subjects of lengthy negotiations. A story on the exhibit master plan lists the Kelp Forest, Monterey Bay and Sea Otters among the major exhibits.
What's In A Name?Dr. Robin Burnett, acting editor, solicits names for the new Aquarium newsletter, offering as prizes a boat tour of the cannery kelp bed, a half day of sanddab fishing, or the winner's choice of 37 mint condition sardine can labels. He writes that the suggestions "'Squid Ink,' 'Upwelling,' 'The Hovden Herald,' and 'Tunicate Times' have been towed out to 100 fathoms and sunk." He also writes: "We want you to welcome the newsletter as a means to learn about fish, not as something to wrap them up in." The newsletter remains nameless until 1984 when it appears as "Shorelines."