Inspiring Conservation of the Ocean

2017 ANNUAL REVIEW



HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

  • Beginning the expansion of our Animal Care Center

  • Culturing spotted comb jellies and hatching and raising chambered nautilus

  • Accepting the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Conservation Award

  • Raising public awareness about plastic pollution in collaboration with 22 U.S. aquariums

  • Supporting an international agreement to a recovery plan for Pacific bluefin tuna

  • Celebrating our volunteers through time as they collectively reach 4 million hours

  • Observing the 10th anniversary of our Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats program

  • You made these successes possible. Thank you.



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S LETTER

Julie Packard

"The waters that touch our back deck reach around the world. That's why we are more active than ever in the global arena—and making real progress to address threats that face the ocean. Your generosity makes it all possible. Because of you, we're making a difference."

- Julie Packard
Executive Director

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CARING FOR OCEAN ANIMALS

Each and every day, a growing diversity of animals at the Aquarium inspire millions of visitors from around the world to protect the global ocean. As we care for them, we also study and protect ocean animals in the wild.

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EDUCATION PROGRAMS

One of our most important goals is to instill in young people a lifelong passion for science and the environment and a commitment to caring for the natural world. Your donations let us offer transformational opportunities to thousands of students and teachers every year. Thank you.

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CONSERVATION & SCIENCE

With your help, the Aquarium has become a respected advocate for the global ocean. Our expertise in science, policy, markets and public engagement helps us enlist new partners, take action and make a difference—in California, across the nation and around the world.

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION

26%

of support and revenue in 2017 came from contributions and grants

40%

of expenses in 2017 were for exhibits and animal care

24%

of attendance in 2017 was member visits



Purple-striped jelly at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

ENDOWMENT AND LEGACY GIVING

Endowments provide permanent support to continue advancing our mission to inspire conservation of the ocean.

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Pacific mackerel view through sphere lens

DONOR LISTS

Thank you to our dedicated donors for their generous and thoughtful contributions.

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Annual Review 2017 (PDF)


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