Take action

Make your voice heard! Actions are being considered at the local, state and national level that affect marine animals in the wild and their habitats—as well as the future Seattle Aquarium. Help further our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment by becoming an advocate for our one world ocean and the animals that live there, and the Seattle Aquarium itself.

Take the pledge to #StopSucking

To support a significant reduction of plastic straw use, the Seattle Aquarium—along with other local businesses and cultural institutions—has committed to offering marine-degradable alternatives to plastic straws.

Join us! Strawless in Seattle, a campaign developed by Adrian Grenier’s nonprofit organization, Lonely Whale Foundation, will be taking place in Seattle throughout the month of September. It’s part of Lonely Whale Foundation’s Strawless Ocean global initiative, which aims to remove 500 million plastic straws from the U.S. waste stream in 2017.

Numerous campaign activities will take place all over the city, with partners including the Seattle Aquarium, Tom Douglas Restaurant Group, Sea-Tac International Airport, CenturyLink Stadium, Safeco Field, Salish Lodge and Spa, Nube9 and more.

See upcoming events and learn more—and here’s to going Strawless in Seattle this September and beyond! Read our blog post for details about the Aquarium’s commitment to eliminating single-use plastics in our café and gift shop.

Join the Aquarium Conservation Partnership and the Seattle Aquarium in choosing alternatives to single-use plastics!

The Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) was created to inform, guide and coordinate action by public aquariums across North America to advance conservation of the ocean, lakes and rivers. Nineteen public aquariums—including the Seattle Aquarium—under the leadership of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, National Aquarium and Shedd Aquarium, have joined forces to endorse public action, business leadership and policy change to tackle the major threats to aquatic environments—beginning, in 2017, with a coordinated campaign to reduce single-use plastics.

Plastic pollution is impacting the health of our ocean, rivers, and lakes—and the aquatic animals we love— at an increasing rate. But your everyday decisions have the power to change this. And aquariums across the country are working to make the right decisions easier. Aquariums, like the Seattle Aquarium, are joining you in taking action by making a commitment to reduce single-use plastic in our institutions. Aquariums are also working to advance solutions through research, education and inspiring our visitors to care about our ocean, rivers and lakes. The solution is in our hands.

  • Choose reusables instead of single-use plastic.
  • Skip the straw.
  • Bring your reusable bag.

Save Animals from Extinction (SAFE)

As an accredited member of the Assocation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Seattle Aquarium is proud to partcipate in Save Animals from Extinction (SAFE), a new commitment by the AZA's 229 accredited zoos and aquariums to harness our collective resources and work to save specific endangered species from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. People like you, who visit the Seattle Aquarium and/or other AZA-accredited institutions, are an important element of this critical effort!