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Ocean Conservation Honors Dinner

Ocean Conservation Honors Dinner

Where Seattle Aquarium

When February 7, 2019 at 6:30-9pm

Price $150

The Seattle Aquarium board of directors invites you to attend the Ocean Conservation Honors Dinner, an evening to honor leadership in the marine conservation field and to celebrate the individuals who are working to save the ocean. Thank you for coming together as advocates for Puget Sound and the ocean, and for supporting the Seattle Aquarium’s mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.


Thursday, February 7

Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59 1483 Alaskan Way

6:30pm: Reception

7:30–9pm: Dinner and program

Single tickets: $150

Tables of 10: $1,500



C.J. Casson, Seattle Aquarium director of life sciences

Seattle Aquarium Sylvia Earle Medal

Honoring an individual whose leadership and lifetime accomplishments reflect the mission of the Seattle Aquarium: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.


C.J. has given tremendously to the Seattle Aquarium, and his contributions and impact have extended beyond our walls and throughout the AZA community as well. Since 2009, C.J. has shared his deep skill and knowledge as an AZA accreditation inspector—and as an AZA accreditation commissioner since 2012. His knowledge and experience in this area are invaluable, and most recently demonstrated when he guided our own Aquarium through a flawless accreditation process in 2018.

His expertise with sea otters is also particularly noteworthy. In 1997, C.J. led the team that cared for our own Lootas, brought to us for rehabilitation was a six-week-old pup. He has shared his extensive sea otter expertise in a wide variety of ways, to the benefit of zoos and aquariums—as well as animals in the wild—around the world.

Mere words can’t capture the heart and passion with which C.J. approaches his work. Even after a 40-year career, he remains awestruck by the beauty of life below the surface; fascinated by the animals that make their homes there; and extraordinarily dedicated to the service that allows him to care for, protect and advocate for marine life everywhere.

Anne Shaffer, Ph.D.

Seattle Aquarium Conservation Research Award

Honoring individuals performing leadership research in the field.


Dr. Shaffer is the executive director and lead scientist of the Coastal Watershed Institute. She has made vital contributions to the science involved with large-scale dam removals, including nearshore marine science, fisheries recovery, management, policy and advocacy. Her efforts directly focus on and benefit the Salish Sea, and personify the Seattle Aquarium’s emphasis on using science to improve the health of the region’s wildlife and ecosystem.