A Global Voice for the Ocean


Our work to safeguard the ocean continued and expanded in 2018. You helped us achieve these milestones. Thank you!

Highlights of the Year

  • We welcomed 1,970,670 visitors in 2018 with inspiring exhibits and programs.
  • Our new Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership represents new hope for the future of the ocean.
    Learn how
  • We brought ocean issues to the Global Climate Action Summit and committed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2025.
    Learn how

  • Partnering with Red Lobster and advising top international seafood producers, we're advancing global seafood sustainability.
    Read why
  • Our new Juli Plant Grainger Animal Care Center let us expand on nearly 35 years of exceptional animal care.
    Read why
  • New research began to unravel longstanding mysteries about the White Shark Café.
    Learn how

  • We tackled ocean plastic pollution head on through groundbreaking research and new policy victories.
    Learn how
  • Our Underwater Explorers scuba program for children celebrated 40,000 participants and 17 years of inspiration.
    Read why
Julie Packard stands in the Great Tide Pool behind the Aquarium back deck

"Millions of people draw inspiration from the Aquarium — and, increasingly, look to us to advocate for ocean wildlife. In 2018, we stepped up our role as a global player taking on the biggest threats to ocean health: unsustainable fisheries and aquaculture, plastic pollution and climate change."

- Julie Packard
Executive Director

Read letters from our leaders

Inspiring Our Visitors

It all begins at the Aquarium with our living exhibits. From the oddly endearing sunfish to the heartwarming appeal of a sea otter, marine animals inspire us to care about them and remind us why it's so important to protect their ocean homes.

Read how we inspire change

Building for the Future

Our Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership will help us deliver the most robust suite of ecosystem-based education and youth development programs of any aquarium in the nation. We hope to nurture a rising generation of stewards who will ensure a healthy future for the ocean — and us all.

Read about our new Bechtel Education Center

Acting for the Ocean

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 Aquarium inspires people, from the public to politicians, to take action on some of the biggest threats to ocean health.

Read about our global conservation work

Financials & Endowment


of support and revenue in 2018 came from contributions and grants


of expenses in 2018 were for exhibits and animal care


of attendance in 2018 was member visits

In Gratitude

Your gifts provide the support necessary to continue advancing our mission to inspire conservation of the ocean. Thank you to our dedicated donors for your generous and thoughtful contributions.

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Annual Review 2018 (PDF)

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