Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1978 with an initial gift from David and Lucile Packard. The aquarium opened to the public in 1984 and in 2004 attracted over 1.9 million visitors. The aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Its key programs include exhibits on marine life of Monterey Bay and beyond, free education programs for 90,000 schoolchildren and educators a year, conservation research initiatives on sea otters, tuna and other threatened species, Seafood Watch, a national sustainable seafood consumer awareness program, and conducting and communicating scientific research that promotes conservation and informs ocean policy.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium joined the OWCN in 1997.