Conservation and Sustainability

The Aquarium’s mission statement – Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment – begins right here at home.

Although lovely to look at and home to an abundant array of creatures, the Sound is in trouble. Our goal is for every visitor to the Aquarium to come away with new knowledge about the life dwelling within the Sound, as well as what can be done to help preserve it. Download Top Ten Ways to help Puget Sound.


Popular programs such as the Beach Naturalists provide volunteers an opportunity to share their knowledge and help beach visitors to enjoy local beaches without harming them. Backed by Beach Naturalists and concerned citizens, a grassroots effort gathered enough steam to support the creation of the Seattle Marine Reserves, saving half of Seattle's beaches. In order to have scientific data to support the Marine Reserves and increase knowledge about the population of plants and animals on the beaches the Citizen Science Program was created

Marine Policy

The Seattle Aquarium works to conserve the region’s marine environment as a convener and connector of conservation awareness and action.

Marine Policy Document Library
Name Owner Date  
Connect Magazine - May 2016   Pam Muller 5/6/2016 9:15:20 AM    
Government of the People, for the Animals - Initiative 1401

NMFS Seafood Traceability   Pam Muller 4/20/2016 2:53:50 PM    

U.S. Aquarium Support for HR 1321   Sara Gottleib 4/11/2016 1:15:43 PM    
Letter to President Obama

Support Marine Debris Program (NOAA) - 3   Pam Muller 3/18/2016 3:35:35 PM    

Support Marine Debris Program (NOAA) - 2   Pam Muller 3/18/2016 3:35:18 PM    

Support Marine Debris Program (NOAA) - 1   Pam Muller 3/18/2016 3:34:56 PM    

1401 Budget Letter of Support   Sara Gottleib 2/10/2016 10:19:22 AM    

Obama Marine Protected Areas Thank You   Pam Muller 1/6/2016 1:23:04 PM    
Thank you Mr. President for protecting our ocean for future generations.

Support for Enactment of Microbead-Free Waters Act   Pam Muller 1/4/2016 3:07:16 PM    

Support for Senate Passage of Microbead-Free Water   Pam Muller 12/15/2015 2:12:29 PM    
Support for Senate Passage of Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 (H.R. 1321)
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Advocates of the ocean and Puget Sound

The Aquarium's mission of inspiring conservation of our marine environment is shared with all advocates for Puget Sound and the ocean, leading to great partnership opportunities. Visit these web sites to learn more and find out how you can help:

Sustainable Seafood

The Seattle Aquarium is part of a program to make it easier for consumers to tell whether the seafood they're buying is helping or hurting the survival of ocean wildlife.

Working in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium, and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the Seattle Aquarium is distributing Seafood Watch pocket guide. The Seattle Aquarium is also working with local restaurants and retail suppliers to encourage sustainable seafood choices in the products they sell.

Click here to see our sustainable seafood partners.


Sustainability and Ocean Acidification

When it comes to conservation at the Seattle Aquarium and changing ocean conditions, it’s important to walk the talk. Sustainable practices and sustainable ecosystems go hand in hand. Visit our Sustainability page to see how we're increasing operational efficiencies and reaching our goal of cutting our carbon footprint by 25% by 2020.

In 2010 the Seattle Aquarium Board of Directors passed a “Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Commitment.” We convene scientific expertise and educational outreach efforts addressing ocean acidification. Our current collaborations include:

  • Carbon Capturing Companies (C3
    We are among the founding partners of the Forterra “Carbon Capturing Companies” (C3) program in Washington to reduce our state’s carbon footprint and mitigate CO2 rise by funding the planting of thousands of trees a year in the region.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Washington and Oregon State University
    Testing state-of-the art instruments to monitor ocean acidification worldwide.
    Partnering with Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health competition to develop the world’s most accurate and affordable pH sensors.

For more information on ocean acidification see the Seattle Times “Sea Change” series.