Marine Science Could Renewable Energy Be Stored in Balloons in the Ocean? (Smithsonian) Though solar and wind energy are becoming more and more efficient, storing this energy — for use when the sun is not shining or the wind not blowing — is a challenge. Underwater compressed air energy storage could be a low cost […]

A biweekly round-up of news and trends important to the AltaSea community. Marine Science This Toxin Could be Causing Deadly Brain Damage in Sea Lions – and We Might be to Blame (The Washington Post) Sea lions are showing up in strange locations along the west coast, in towns and fields far away from their […]

The Match AltaSea campaign for three AltaSea partners – Friends of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Los Angeles Maritime Institute and PortTech LA – was an overwhelming success. Sam Nappi, AltaSea’s Board Chairman, matched the first $57,000 in donations. Mr. Nappi’s original challenge was to match $25,000, with a goal of reaching  $50,000 in total donations. […]

Welcome to “AltaSea: Beacon,” a quarterly newsletter that provides updates on AltaSea’s activities, education and community programs and other initiatives. We hope you’ll share this newsletter with others interested in staying up-to-date with the latest happenings at AltaSea.   2015 Accomplishments In the past 12 months, AltaSea has focused on the evolution necessary to ensure […]

Marine Science See Plans for the 62-Mile Wall That Would Capture Trash in the Pacific (Huffington Post) The amount of garbage in the ocean is a growing problem. Last issue we shared a visual representation NASA created about how these garbage patches form. This time we are sharing how The Ocean Cleanup plans to use […]

Marine Science Obama Focuses on Native Issues, Climate Change As He Starts Alaska Visit (NPR) “There is such a thing as being too late, and that moment is almost upon us.” Strong words from President Obama on Monday regarding climate change and its impact on the ocean as he visits Alaska. The President is calling […]

Marine Science El Niño Vs. The Blob: Which Will Win Out This Winter? (KPCC) Part two of our El Niño coverage! El Niño may have met its match in The Blob, a stretch of warm water stretching from the Gulf of Alaska all the way to Mexico. The Blob, and the high-pressure ridge of air […]

Ocean exploration and education come to life every day aboard the E/V Nautilus. AltaSea was thrilled to get a first-hand look as we welcomed Dr. Bob Ballard and this amazing vessel to the Port of Los Angeles recently.   The Ocean Exploration Trust is just one example of the types of innovative organizations that AltaSea […]

Marine Science Huge and ancient underwater volcanoes discovered off coast of Sydney (The Guardian) Proving once again that more is known about the surface of the moon than the sea floor, four large underwater volcanoes have been discovered off the coast of Australia. The volcano cluster was discovered by sonar mapping thanks to a new […]

By James Preston Allen, Publisher and Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor I interviewed Camilla Townsend a few weeks ago about vision, consensus building and leadership—particularly in light of her work with the Port of Los Angeles High School and the on-dock marine research center, AltaSea. In my most recent editorial, I wrote about the high turnover […]

SpaceX, the Hawthorne-based aerospace manufacturer led by Elon Musk, is looking to base its rocket and spacecraft retrieval operations out of the Port of Los Angeles, the company’s representatives said Thursday.

By Carol Lawrence Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Downtown Los Angeles architecture firm Gensler will design three buildings planned at the 28-acre AltaSea marine research and interpretive center at the Port of Los Angeles. Gensler will design a 20,000-square-foot visitors’ center; a 60,000-square-foot retrofit of the Berth 37 warehouse into classrooms for oceanic science and research; […]

Los Angeles Magazine Marielle Wakim Just call her the millionaire match-maker. Annenberg Foundation chairman/president/CEO and living beacon of the phrase “leave some for the fish” Wallis Annenberg will match dollar for dollar the next $20 million raised by AltaSea, a new public-private venture that hopes to find solutions to oceanic sustainability. The money will be […]

AltaSea is a project to transform a 100-year-old pier at the Port of Los Angeles into something new and different. Supporters promise the world’s only “ocean-based ideas and innovation center” for an ultimate cost of $500 million. Today, 500 people gathered for the latest phase of development. Listen to broadcast

SAN PEDRO, Calif. –(Business Wire)–Today the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a 50-year lease to transform a 100-year-old pier on the LA Waterfront in San Pedro into a world-class urban marine research and innovation center called AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles. The lease agreement – signed between the Port of Los Angeles […]