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Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Long Beach, CA
  • www.aquariumofpacific.org

Mission Statement

"To instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems"

Main Programs

  1. Education
  2. Conservation
  3. Animal Care
Service Areas

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California

91.5% of visitors are from Southern California (6% Long Beach, 65.5% Other Los Angeles County, 14% Orange County, 3% other Southern California), 2% Northern California, 7.5% other United States, and 2.5% outside the United States.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Dr. Jerry Schubel

Keywords

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Aquarium; Marine; Conservation, Education, Animal

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EIN

33-0532354

 Number

3809137483

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Aquarium has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers, and stakeholders. Constantly in search of sustainable solutions, the Aquarium of the Pacific was the first among museums, zoos, and aquariums in the nation to register its greenhouse gases and also maintains a commitment to grow without increasing its carbon footprint. The Aquarium leads by example and shows the way to sustainability through its practices behind the scenes as well as what it presents to the general public. The Aquarium began serving the public as an educational resource immediately upon opening as an informal science institution, and welcomes more than 200,000 students, teachers, and community members who participate in educational programs each year. Through these programs, Aquatic Academy courses, and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides numerous opportunities to delve deeper into the ocean and learn more about the planet.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education

The Aquarium's education programs are designed to foster connections between people and the ocean, and to advance science learning for a broad range of students of all ages and backgrounds. The Aquarium's education department teaches over fifty classroom and auditorium programs that exceed California mandated science K-12 standards, complementing and reinforcing what students learn in their regular classrooms, and exposing them to a unique, hands-on learning experience. The Aquarium also serves underserved students through scholarship program, offering either on-site free admission and transportation or a visit by the Aquarium on Wheels to Title. The Aquarium on Wheels has served an average of 44,000 students and community members annually with educational presentations and interactive touch tanks. The Aquarium also provides numerous resources for teachers and other educators, and in-depth learning opportunities for the public on current environmental topics such as climate change, the urban ocean, and water conservation. The Aquarium offers these opportunities through its Aquatic Academy, scientific forums, and Guest Lecture Series, as well as through local on-the-water opportunities such as whale watching and kayak trips. More information about all of the Aquarium's educational programs can be found here: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/(http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/)

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$1,712,220.00

Program 2

Conservation

The Aquarium seeks to inform and inspire visitors, staff, and the local and global community. This is accomplished through conservation initiatives, forums featuring key scientists and government leaders, a sustainable seafood initiative (Seafood for the Future), and implementation of on -site sustainability measures, The Aquarium conducts conservation programs both on and offsite, which include an abalone cultivation and outreach program (in partnership with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service), , a Guam Kingfisher breeding and awareness program, and a kelp habitat restoration project in Orange County. Aquarium staff implements sustainable practices throughout the facility and conduct local restoration and neighborhood pollution prevention projects. More information on the Aquarium's conservation initiatives can be found here: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/conservation/(http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/conservation/)

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$50,000

Program 3

Animal Care

The Aquarium's Husbandry Department oversees the care, feeding, and life support systems needed to support over 11,000 animals representing over 500 species in more than 50 exhibits, including several touch tank experiences. Sea lions, sea otters, sharks, rays, diving birds, sea jellies, corals, sea dragons, turtles, and fish of all types from temperate to tropical species are on display. Caretaking includes feeding of the highest quality sustainable seafood available, monitoring water quality and all life support systems, medical exams and routine procedures, and providing proper exhibit and behind-the-scenes space to the animals.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,200,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

91.5% of visitors are from Southern California (6% Long Beach, 65.5% Other Los Angeles County, 14% Orange County, 3% other Southern California), 2% Northern California, 7.5% other United States, and 2.5% outside the United States.

Funding Needs

The Aquarium depends on support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Almost 30% of the operating budget and 100% of all new and expansion projects are funded by private donations. One of the Aquarium's greatest needs is funding for educational programming. For example, the Aquarium's Scholarship Fund is solely comprised of gifts from donors with a total revenue goal of $300,000 for 2013. Additionally, funds to feed and care for the 11,000 animals are always a need-one sea otter eats $18,000 worth of seafood per year. For more information on how to support the Aquarium, call the Development Department at (562) 951-1605 or visit our website at: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/support

Accreditations

American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Accreditation

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AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC CORPORATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Jerry Schubel

BIO

Dr. Jerry Schubel joined the Aquarium of the Pacific in June 2002. He is President and CEO emeritus of the New England Aquarium where he served from 1994 to 2001. While at the New England Aquarium, he formed strategic alliances with many leading researchers and research institutions in the greater Boston area as well as the Boston schools. An accomplished and respected administrator and scientist, Dr. Schubel was Dean and Director of the State University of New York at Stony Brook's Marine Sciences Research Center from 1974 to November 1994. He has published approximately 200 scientific papers and is the author or editor of several books including: The Life and Death of the Chesapeake Bay; co-author (with Homer A. Neal) of Garbage & Trash. Can We Convert Mountains Into Molehills?; and co-editor of The Great South Bay. Dr. Schubel has long been active in regional, national and international environmental affairs. He was co-founder of the Long Island Environmental-Economic Forum, a member of NASA's National Oceanic Satellite System Science Working Group, Chairman of the New York Sea Grant Institute Governing Board, participant in the Korea-U.S. Seminar on Marine Geology, Chairman of the National Research Council's Marine Board, a Commissioner of the NRC's Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, an instructor at the National Institute of Oceanography in Pakistan, and an honorary Professor of East China University in Shanghai. A Michigan native, Dr. Schubel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College, Alma, Michigan; a Masters degree from Harvard University; and a Ph.D. in oceanography from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Aquarium plays an important role as both a destination and a meeting place, drawing all segments of the community together to learn more about our changing relationship with the Pacific Ocean. By creating a more scientifically informed public, we are providing citizens with the information to make thoughtful, informed decisions about many of the complex environmental and sustainability challenges facing our society. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Molina

CFO, Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

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