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The Aquarium Gets Awards for Sea Otter Conservation and Teen Programs
We’re flattered! The Aquarium earned two awards at this week’s annual meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. These include a North American Conservation Award for our sea otter conservation program, as well as an achievement award for our Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH) program, which recognizes “the most significant innovative, productive, far-reaching, program to promote diversity.”
The Aquarium is the only institution in the country that routinely rescues and cares for stranded, ill or injured southern sea otters with the goal of release back to the wild. For the past 30 years, the sea otter program has played a key role in research and recovery efforts for this iconic marine mammal. It works to ensure their continued survival and recovery through rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea otter pups and adults; collaborative scientific research on the myriad threats that have slowed their recovery; and advocacy for policies that will support population recovery. Learn more.
WATCH is a community-based program offered to students enrolled in Pajaro Valley High School and Watsonville High School in Santa Cruz County. The year-long program begins in summer and extends throughout the school year, providing students with an opportunity to engage in an in-depth exploration of ecosystems in their community. WATCH integrates academic learning, youth development and community-based conservation projects in a way that connects students with their community and the oceans. Students earn community service hours needed for graduation and are eligible for college scholarships from the Aquarium. Learn more.
Every five years since we opened in 1984, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The just-completed process includes several days of exhaustive on-site inspections and interviews, including animal care, veterinary, conservation, research, education, safety/security and pretty much everything we do! We’re so proud of this honor, and our team!