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The Seattle Aquarium’s mission—Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment—begins right here at home. Beautiful, majestic and teeming with a rich diversity of life, the Salish Sea is nevertheless in trouble. At the same time, problems facing our local waters are global in scale.

The Aquarium’s conservation initiatives focus on two geographic regions: the Salish Sea and Washington’s coastal waters, and the Coral Triangle, a region of the Indo-Pacific ocean. Our work beyond the Aquarium’s walls includes conservation engagement, research, public policy and species recovery programs.

Guiding principles

Co‐generate solutions

Our work is and will always be partnerships‐based. We recognize and respect the power of diversity—of perspectives, expertise, cultures and values. Together with diverse partners, we can generate and advance effective, mutually beneficial and innovative solutions. We understand that environmental burdens and benefits are not equitably distributed and embrace the responsibility to foster inclusive conversations.

Track community impacts

Our conservation programs have clear objectives and outcomes that aim to improve the health of Earth’s one ocean. We continually adapt our programs to respond to changes in the conservation, socioeconomic, academic and political landscapes. To understand the outcomes of our work, we track changes in, and impacts to, affected ecosystems and communities.

Plan for the long term

As a conservation organization working to regenerate ocean health, we understand that change takes commitment and time. We work to ensure our projects are operationally, environmentally and financially sustainable—and not at the expense of one community for the benefit of another.

Conservation stories

Read the latest conservation stories from the Seattle Aquarium.

Seattle Aquarium Water Quality team members Angela Smith, Keenan Wong and Hannah Mewhirter standing together and smiling in front of the Salish Sea.

Hidden science superheroes: Meet the Seattle Aquarium’s water quality team

Learn how a small but skilled group of chemists use both new technology and ancient solutions to maintain the Aquarium's[...]
Two researchers stand on a beach overlooking the ocean.

She Sees Sea Otters By The Nearshore: Tracking Sea Otter Populations With Dr. Shawn Larson

Follow Dr. Shawn Larson and her team as they conduct surveys of wild sea otter populations on Washington's outer coast.[...]
A rendering of the Ocean Pavilion's rooftop space: A large, J-shaped roof with walkways, trees, bushes, and other plants.

What “Green Building” Standard Is The Ocean Pavilion Targeting?

Aquariums are complex buildings. They need to be, to keep aquatic animals safe and healthy. But can a building as[...]
An adult sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium looking upwards with its front paws resting on its front.

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Sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium laying on its back, raising its head and front paws.

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