Monterey Bay Aquarium


Mission Statement

To inspire conservation of the ocean.


The Aquarium was conceived by a team of marine scientists in 1977 who envisioned an aquarium that would showcase the unique Monterey Bay habitats and wildlife On October 20, 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened its doors to the public and began introducing visitors to the ecosystems and amazing marine animals that live along the Monterey coast. We expanded to showcase the animals that live in the open sea with the opening of the Outer Bay wing in 1996.
Since opening day, more than 60 million visitors have been inspired by our award-wining exhibits and programs and more than 2.5 million schoolchildren, teens and teachers have participated in our education programs free of charge. Our global research work contributes to the recovery of ocean ecosystems and key wildlife species like sea otters, white sharks and bluefin tuna, while Seafood Watch, our global seafood and aquaculture program, works with businesses, governments and NGOs to lead a markets-based transformation of fishing and aquaculture practices around the world. The Aquarium also champions legislation to improve ocean health, from opposing off-shore drilling to supporting reductions in single-use plastic products as well as addressing the effects of climate change and ocean acidification.

Program Details

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean. To achieve our mission, we provide the best aquarium experience possible; the most relevant, scientifically based ocean conservation information available; and the most innovative science-based education programs for schoolchildren and their teachers in the world. Based on the urgent need to safeguard threatened ocean resources, we strive to reach beyond our walls to inspire the public, the business community and policymakers to act on behalf of the ocean. We work hard to maintain our reputation as a trusted guide to the wonders of ocean life that is committed to achieving a healthy global ocean.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
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