AltaSea’s priorities reflect those of our immediate surrounding community as well as the greater Los Angeles area. Our mission – to accelerate scientific collaboration, to facilitate job creation and to inspire the next generation for a more sustainable ocean – was developed after considering the input of community leaders and organizations at numerous community meetings.

AltaSea will continue to build on our existing strong community relationships, stay in close touch with community leaders, and proactively address concerns raised by community members. The conversation is ongoing. We encourage you to connect with AltaSea on social media and sign up for our newsletters so you can engage with AltaSea on an ongoing basis.

Our outreach activities include attendance and participation at regular or special meetings held by Neighborhood Councils; Chambers of Commerce; philanthropic and service organizations as well as with individuals from throughout the community.

Community Advisory Group

This standing group of 10-12 individuals representing the three Harbor communities meets at least quarterly to facilitate two-way information flow between AltaSea and community residents. The members of the CAG provide direct communication to our management and Board of Trustees, while serving as volunteer goodwill ambassadors to the constituents they influence.

Community Engagement Briefings

AltaSea regularly hosts Community Engagement Briefings. Briefings are scheduled six times per year, with each targeting segments of the community representing key interest groups throughout the Los Angeles County region. These briefings provide a mechanism for AltaSea to understand and address issues important to individual population segments and key stakeholders. For example, a briefing for civic organizations, neighborhood councils and block clubs might deliver information about AltaSea’s impact on neighborhood quality of life issues, while a briefing addressing the business community would likely discuss issues such as job creation and economic impacts.

Community Events and Programs

Discovery Lecture Series with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The Discovery Lecture Series, free public lectures, are held six times per year at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Lecture topics range from sustainable seafood to the restoration of the native Olympia oysters in Southern California to harmful algal blooms.

A Day at AltaSea – February 2015

Through the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation, AltaSea hosted almost 500 members of the community, where they experienced an immersive multimedia display of the AltaSea project along with live entertainment and offerings from local San Pedro restaurants.

Holiday Open House – December 2014

In December 2014, AltaSea hosted an open house reception. The reception was our first opportunity to welcome the community to our offices. Almost 200 stakeholders, funders, community organizations from across Los Angeles attended the gala affair.

Sustainability 365

Sustainability 365 calls attention to the fact that our survival and well-being depend on, either directly or indirectly, our surrounding environment. The program is an outreach and education resource for students K-12, committed to demonstrating ways that humans and nature can exist in productive harmony.

Through Sustainability 365, AltaSea is supporting programs and initiatives of key partner organizations such as the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. AltaSea also partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® program to promote sustainable seafood messaging.

AltaSea Gives Back

Match AltaSea End-of-Year Campaign Raises $183,000

When AltaSea issued its Match AltaSea challenge on December 1, 2015 (Giving Tuesday), in support of  AltaSea youth education programs conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI), Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and PortTech LA. We hoped the community would respond favorably to our pledge to match the first $57,000 dollar-for-dollar match.  After raising over $183,000 in just four weeks, we are ecstatic and very grateful to the community for this tremendous response!

Thank you for helping make a difference – not only in the lives of youth who will benefit from these programs, but in the future of our ocean.

YWCA Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays Program

Every year, AltaSea participates with the YWCA, Harbor Area and South Bay’s Adopt a Family for the Holidays program.

Working from the wish list provided by our adopted family, our staff turns into Santa’s helpers. We make sure each child in the family receives the gifts on his or her wish list. We don’t forget mom and dad, making sure items from their lists,  such as food or decorations, are included in the gift package.

Key Community Partners

  • Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center
  • Battleship IOWA
  • Cabrillo Beach Boosters
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • Catalina Sea Ranch
  • Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council
  • Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council
  • Croatian Cultural Center
  • Findings Art Center
  • Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • Grand Vision Foundation
  • Harbor City Neighborhood Council
  • International Trade Education Programs (ITEP)
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
  • Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI)
  • Marymount California University
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
  • Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council
  • PortTech LA
  • Reef Check Foundation
  • San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
  • San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID)
  • San Pedro Waterfront Arts District
  • Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI)
  • Wilmington Neighborhood Council

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AltaSea is possibly the most far-reaching visionary project to be supported by the Port of Los Angeles, since Stephen M. White proposed building the federal breakwater in the San Pedro Bay.

James Preston Allen
President, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council

Alta Sea is one of the most exciting opportunities for a sustainable, economically viable San Pedro. The state of the art marine research facility will attract world-class scientists and businesses to commercialize their discoveries, as well as become another cornerstone of our local economy. The future of our community’s quality of life will be greatly enhanced, while contributing to a vibrant, environmentally balanced place to live and work.

Linda Grimes
Managing Director, San Pedro Waterfront Arts District

AltaSea represents another tremendous addition to the transformed Los Angeles Waterfront, while also creating jobs and spurring local economic growth.

Hon. Joe Buscaino
Councilman, Los Angeles City, 15th District

AltaSea is a game changer not only for the Los Angeles Waterfront but for the entire region. Our Port continues to focus on growth as the nation’s premier trade gateway. AltaSea provides a unique opportunity to diversity the job base along the Los Angeles Waterfront with a world-class marine research institute that will become another economic engine for our region.

Anthony Pirozzi
Commissioner, Los Angeles Harbor

As a proud member of AltaSea's Founding Board, I am dedicated to supporting the vision of this unique public-private partnership endeavor, where science, business, and education collaborate to generate innovative solutions to global sustainability issues.

Camilla Townsend, AltaSea Board Vice Chairman and Treasurer
Executive Director, The Max H. Gluck Foundation

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