AltaSea: The Beacon – Earth Day

Earth Day 2021

In honor of Earth Day, AltaSea is proud to present a special webinar on Marine Protected Areas:

The Importance of Marine Protected Areas to our Planet

Thursday, April 22nd at 12:00 PM


  • Jose Bacallao, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Exhibits Director
  • Captain Bruce Heyman, Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Executive Director
  • Meredith Brooks, Sustainable Aquaculture Specialist and Conservationist


  • Val Zavala

Blue + Green 2021:

Aquaculture for the Economy and Ecosystem


The Blue +Green 2021 webinar series will include 4 one-hour webinars scheduled on Thursdays in May 2021 at 4 pm. The goal of the project is to shine a spotlight on emerging aquaculture sector in our economy. Aquaculture and the supporting technologies bring together all the key ingredients – future growth opportunities that support our coastal ecosystems the economy, jobs, and our communities. This webinar series reimagines partnerships between business, government, universities, and communities through regenerative ocean research, exploration, and equity-based economic development.  Additional speakers still being confirmed! To get the latest information and to register, please click here.


Session 1: What is Regenerative Aquaculture?

Thursday, May 6th at 4:00 PM


  • Janet E. Kübler, Ph.D., Biology Department, California State University Northridge
  • Finian Makepeace, Co-founder, Policy Director & Lead Educator, Kiss the Ground
  • Charles Yarish, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Connecticut


  • Val Zavala

Session 2: Aquaculture Industry and LA

Thursday, May 13th at 4:00 PM


  • Paul Dobbins, Senior Director of Impact Investing and Ecosystems Services, Aquaculture, World Wildlife Foundation
  • Diane Kim, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Holdfast Aquaculture
  • Ferris Kawar, Sustainability Project Manager, Santa Monica College


  • Michael H. Kelly, Executive Director, The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs

Session 3: Policy and Politics

Thursday, May 20th at 4:00 PM


  • Mark Gold, D.Env., Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Michael H. Kelly, Executive Director, The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs
  • Sandra Whitehouse, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, Ocean Conservancy


  • Wendy Greuel

Session 4: Aquaculture and the Future

Thursday, May 27th at 4:00 PM


  • Prof. Brian Beale, Cooperating Professor of Marine Ecology, Research Director of Downeast Institute, University of Maine
  • Peter Bryant, Senior Program Officer, Walton Personal Philanthropy Group and The Builders Initiative
  • Thierry Chopin, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada


  • Val Zavala

City of STEM Icon Award

Congratulations to Jenny Krusoe, Founding Executive Director of AltaSea at the Port of Los Angles for being selected as the 2021 City of STEM Icon Award recipient.  The City of STEM Icon Award is given to a current Los Angeles resident who has greatly promoted and/or advanced the STEM community within Los Angeles County either through teaching, funding, and/or facilitating programs.

Previous City of STEM Icon Award Recipients:

2020: Allie Ward, Science Correspondent at The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca

2019: Diana Trujillo, Deputy Project System Engineer and Deputy Team Chief of the Engineering division of Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL

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