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2011-11-08 07:44:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- North America's premier cinemaquatic© event, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, is casting out a call for entries to its ninth annual festival, March 8-11, 2012. Presented by Aquarium of the Bay, The Bay Institute and NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, the Festival is fittingly held at the edge of San Francisco Bay, at the Aquarium's newly acquired Bay Theater. "With San Francisco Bay as our backdrop, it's only fitting...

2011-08-25 07:46:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bringing sustainable seafood to one of the most visited areas in the country, Aquarium of the Bay today welcomed Fog Harbor Fish House as Fisherman's Wharf's first "San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance Partner" restaurant. Fog Harbor serves over 220,000 visitors every year with a menu that is now filled with 100% sustainable seafood, including wild caught salmon, Dungeness crab and Pacific Cod. "Welcoming Fog Harbor as Fisherman's Wharf's...

2011-07-18 07:40:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Aquarium of the Bay launched a multi-prong effort to address the "Perils of Plastics," through a new temporary exhibition as well as major organizational changes to combat the global issue. The Aquarium's effort includes: A temporary multi-media exhibition entitled "The Perils of Plastics" which combines whimsical features with hard-hitting facts and a strong do-it-yourself element to raise awareness and personal action The removal...

2011-04-18 09:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquarium of the Bay today unveiled its No Fins, No Future: Support AB 376 exhibition to help local sharks by spurring support for the passage of Assembly Bill, AB 376, which would ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California. No Fins, No Future will highlight the importance of this legislation through a multimedia station, including WildAid's public service announcement by Yao Ming. An action station will...

2011-03-24 08:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Connecting visitors with one of the most intelligent and fascinating inhabitants of San Francisco Bay, Aquarium of the Bay today welcomed a new Giant Pacific Octopus, Octopus dofleini. Like others of its kind, the animal came to the Aquarium in a roundabout fashion, by way of a local crab fisherman. Giant Pacific Octopuses have a particular hankering for crabs as well as den-like enclosures, and often mistake crabber's nets as a hunting and...

2010-12-20 07:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Armed with more than 3,600 individualized letters from Aquarium of the Bay visitors, calling for international bans on shark finning, Sherman's Lagoon creator Jim Toomey will deliver the letters to NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab in Washington, DC this Tuesday. Following the delivery, Schwaab will discuss the efforts that NOAA is leading to conserve sharks. "Promoting awareness of shark conservation is not an easy task....

2010-12-03 13:32:00

NOVATO, Calif., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bay Institute today announced that it has appointed Steven Machtinger to Chair of its Board of Directors. Machtinger has served on The Bay Institute's Board for more than five years and is also Chair of the Board for The Bay Institute Aquarium Foundation, the governing body for affiliate Aquarium of the Bay. "Steve demonstrates true commitment to The Bay Institute's mission and played an instrumental role in creating and sealing its new...

2010-11-22 12:10:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- While it will not generate the next chart-topping rock n' roll hit, Aquarium of the Bay is pleased to welcome its latest addition to a band of more than 20,000 aquatic animals, a Shovelnose Guitarfish, Rhinobatos productus. "This unusual ray has been around for about 100 million years," says Christina J. Slager, director of husbandry at Aquarium of the Bay, "but this is probably the first opportunity for most of our visitors to see this...

2010-11-10 10:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raising global awareness for shark conservation, Aquarium of the Bay collected and is sending more than 3,600 individualized letters to the National Marine Fisheries Service, urging international bans on shark finning, which kills an estimated 100 million sharks each year. The letters, many embellished with hand-drawn artwork, were gathered in the Aquarium's special Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny exhibit. "We're pleased that so many...

2010-10-04 10:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- October is "National Seafood Month," and in keeping with its conservation-driven mission, Aquarium of the Bay will be leveraging the month-long event to alert Bay Area residents to the need to consume only sustainable seafood. Studies show that if current fishing practices are not improved and we do not change our eating habits, the world will be depleted of fish by 2048. "Eating lower on the food chain, asking where your seafood is coming from and...