9/10/13 Aquarium of the Bay Offers Three Opportunities to Learn About the Ocean, SF Bay and its Watersheds

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 10, 2013 - As one of the greenest cities in America and one of the world’s most magnificent harbors, San Francisco has always been a place where the state of the ocean and the watersheds that flow to it reigns as a trending topic. Take part in this growing conversation by joining Aquarium of the Bay for one of three FREE upcoming programs offered to the public to explore the current state of the ocean, San Francisco Bay and its watersheds.
9/13: San Joaquin River Celebration
Bay Theater at Aquarium of the Bay, PIER 39
Join The Bay Institute for an evening celebrating the San Joaquin River and the triumphant return of salmon to the River. For over half a century, major reaches of the river have been dewatered, destroying California’s largest spring Chinook salmon run, over half a million fish strong. Now, as a result of a historic agreement to restore flows and fish, salmon are on the verge of being returned to the river. The evening will feature a screening of the film “Tales of the San Joaquin” by Chris Beaver, who will be on hand to present the movie. Hear from honorary guest, Congressman Jared Huffman, and round out the evening with a panel discussion and Q&A session with Peter Vorster of The Bay Institute; Chris Beaver, filmmaker; Walt Shubin, retired farmer; and Rene Henery, Ph.D. from Trout Unlimited. Fri. 9.13.13; 6 pm-reception, 7 pm–program begins; FREE, includes cocktails and hors d’ouevres; Information/RSVP.
9/17: Marine Protected Areas, Sustainable Seafood and Plastics/Marine Debris in the Ocean:
Why Do We Care?    
Port of San Francisco, Pier 1
Join representatives of the Washington, D.C. Marine Community of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for an evening discussing marine protected areas, sustainable seafood and plastics/marine debris in the ocean. This event, hosted by Aquarium of the Bay, America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project, Mission Blue, IUCN and the Port of San Francisco, will feature three experts on these topics; Penelope Whitney, Resource Media; Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program; and Maggie Ostdahl, Aquarium of the Bay. Tues. 9.17.13; 5:30 pm-reception, 6:30 pm-program begins; FREE; Information/RSVP.
9/18: Saving Oceans with Social and Behavioral Changes
Bay Theater at Aquarium of the Bay, PIER 39
How can behavior change strategies be applied to save the ocean and its species? Find out as we explore how innovation and creativity can help to motivate shifts in behavior which can help to save one of our most precious resources, with insight from philanthropists, adventurers, media professionals and data scientists. Presented by The Hive, featured guests include Roz Savage, the first woman to have rowed solo across three oceans; Cynthia Phillips, Ph.D of Global Change Media Partners; Adam Leipzig, CEO of Entertainment Media Partners; and Dr. Tierney Thys, National Geographic Explorer. Wed. 9.18.13; 5:15 pm-registration & networking; 6 pm-program begins; FREE; Information/RSVP.
About Aquarium of the Bay:
Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, with a combined mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed-from the Sierra to the sea. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco. Located next to the beautiful San Francisco Bay and on the world famous PIER 39, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Aquarium of the Bay is home to approximately 20,000 animals found in the San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information about Aquarium of the Bay is available at www.aquariumofthebay.org.

Media Contact:
Mallory Johnson | Public Relations Coordinator
Aquarium of the Bay | The Bay Institute
mallory@bay.org | 415.623.5340