Acting for the Ocean

2017 CONSERVATION & SCIENCE REPORT



A NOTE TO OUR FRIENDS

Margaret Spring

"The headlines might not show it, but 2017 was a hopeful year for the ocean. The global community forged ahead, working across sectors and borders to tackle the biggest environmental threats facing our blue planet. And the Aquarium was proud to be a part of this story."

- Margaret Spring
Chief Conservation Officer and Vice President of Conservation & Science

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OUR OCEAN CONSERVATION PRIORITIES

From the air we breathe to the seafood we eat, our very survival depends on a healthy ocean. Through scientific research, policy advocacy and market strategies, the Monterey Bay Aquarium inspires a broad range of audiences to take action on some of the biggest threats to ocean health. With your support, we strive to:



INFLUENCE LEADERS

We believe in the power of science-based management to protect ocean health for future generations. We enlist new ocean champions from the government, the private sector and the public to act for the ocean—in the Monterey Bay area, in California, across the United States and around the world.

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CONSERVE WILDLIFE & ECOSYSTEMS

The health of marine animals is connected to the health of their ocean homes. Beyond our work to conserve individual species—particularly southern sea otters, Pacific bluefin tuna and white sharks—we're monitoring ocean biodiversity and ecosystem health. Through our policy influence, we support and defend ocean protections.

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IMPROVE GLOBAL FISHERIES & AQUACULTURE

Unsustainable fishing and aquaculture exact a significant toll on the ocean—and on human communities. As a leader in the global sustainable seafood movement, we inform fishing and aquaculture practices as well as fishery management—driving a market shift to ocean-healthy seafood production worldwide.

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REDUCE PLASTIC POLLUTION

Plastic pollution is a growing problem for ocean ecosystems, wildlife and people. Our scientists are investigating the scope and impact of plastic pollution in the marine environment. And we’re using science-based information to ignite individual and collective action, championing practices and policies to reduce the flow of plastic from land to sea.

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ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

Carbon emissions profoundly affect ocean health and our own survival. We advocate for policies to reduce carbon emissions, end our reliance on fossil fuels, promote clean energy, and mitigate the unavoidable impacts underway. We conduct scientific research on climate change and bring science-based information to the public, encouraging people to be a part of the solution.



ADVANCING SOLUTIONS AROUND THE WORLD


The biggest threats facing the ocean—like climate change, unsustainable seafood production and plastic pollution—are global. So are the solutions. Now more than ever, we're building bridges across borders, raising our voice around the world on behalf of the ocean. Here are some of the key places we made a splash in 2017.


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FINANCIAL INFORMATION

31%

of expenses were for Wildlife & Ecosystems

48%

of expenses were for Fisheries & Aquaculture

11%

of expenses were for Ocean Conservation Policy




Conservation & Science Report 2017 (PDF)


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