Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium was founded as Cabrillo Beach Museum in 1935 in response to beach-goers’ questions about local sea life.

From its modest but passionate beginnings as an enthusiastically displayed collection of shells to today’s sophisticated Frank Gehry-designed center for teaching and research, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) is an essential provider of environmental and science education in our area. Located on the edge of the one of the largest and busiest ports in the world, CMA and its surroundings represent several seashore habitats, making it a valuable source of expertise on the urban/ocean interface.

CMA reaches approximately 300,000 visitors annually, including many schoolchildren on field trips and families during general visitor hours. The organization has been recognized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums with multiple international awards for its aquaculture and research programs. CMA also conducts three different long-term field monitoring studies utilizing students from nearby schools and universities.

Discovery Lecture Series in partnership with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The Discovery Lecture Series is presented by AltaSea and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA), in partnership with Southern California Marine Institute.

The series includes six lectures, presented at no charge to the public at the CMA, with an attendance that is increasing every year. Topics range from aquaculture to the restoration of the native olympia oysters in Southern California to harmful algae blooms.

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Sustainable Seafood Expo 2015

In October 2015, AltaSea hosted a panel discussion, “Something’s Fishy: Demystifying Sustainable Seafood” at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Expo. Audience members were treated to an informed conversation about sustainably sourced seafood and the future of protein from the sea. The respected and knowledgeable panel included:

Steve Murray, Moderator
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology Emeritus
California State University Fullerton

Bob Bertelli
Vice Chairman
California Sea Urchin Commission

Norah Eddy
Co-founder, Sales
Salty Girl Seafood, Inc.

Craig Heberer, M.S.
West Coast Region Recreational Fisheries Coordinator
Sustainable Fisheries Division

Steve Murray
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology Emeritus
California State University Fullerton

Casson Trenor
Co-founder of Tataki Sushi Bars
Author of Sustainable Sushi

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