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.