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.

Actions in the state legislature

In 2020, we worked with partners to pass new state policies that will reduce ocean plastic pollution, mitigate climate change and help recover the endangered southern resident orcas. These include:

  • Reusable Bag Bill: Eliminates single-use plastic bags (SB 5323).
  • Climate pollution limits: Updates the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits to reflect the latest science (HB 2311).
  • Orca recovery: Funding for a “net ecological gain” study to reverse the trend of habitat loss affecting salmon and orcas.

We will keep working with our partners and legislative champions to pass a Clean Fuel Standard, Styrofoam ban and a ban on offshore oil extraction in the next session. You can read more about our activities in the 2020 legislative session on our blog. Stay up to date by subscribing to receive our policy updates and action alerts.

Plastic garbage and debris on beach

Join the movement against 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. The Seattle Aquarium and other Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) members across the country are working to make the right decisions easier.

We hope you will join us by making a commitment to reduce single-use plastics to make a lasting impact for our ocean. We use these plastic items for a moment, but they last for generations. The solution is in our hands.


Making our voices heard on ocean policy

Incredibly important decisions that impact ocean health are being made by our elected leaders at the federal, state and local levels. The Aquarium is lending its voice to help influence public policy to ensure stronger protections for our local waters, marine species and the greater ocean.

Whether it is global challenges like climate change, warming waters and ocean plastics, or more local challenges related to the health of our southern resident orcas and salmon populations, it is important we all make our voices heard. Check back often to learn about the issues that the Aquarium is working on or subscribe to our policy & advocacy email list to receive important news on ocean-related policy.

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!