It's been a busy and special year for us as we celebrated our 25th year of inspiring conservation of the oceans. We published a report, "Turning the Tide", introduced a sustainable seafood app for the iPhone and were featured in the new ocean layer of Google Earth. Aquarium Executive Director, Julie Packard was honored as Coastal Hero and named 2009 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, while our Seafood Watch program won Treehuggers Best of Green.
We sponsored our first ever piece of legislation and delighted in the passing of the California Sustainable Seafood Bill. We were pleased that the Southern Sea Otter Research and Recovery Act passed the House of Representatives and that California is the proud new steward of 22 new marine protected areas in the North Central Coast. Thank you to you, all of our supporters, who took action on all these important issues. Check www.oceanaction.org to see what you can do today.
In the wider world of U.S. ocean policy we were excited to see Dr. Jane Lubencho, former trustee of our Board, confirmed as head of NOAA, the government's oceanic agency. We were pleased to see NOAA's commitment to protection of Atlantic bluefin tuna, through support of a potential listing to CITES. We look forward to the findings of the President's Ocean Task Force and to a fully integrated national ocean policy.
2010 promises to yet another exciting year for the Aquarium and the oceans. We are eager to share our new special exhibition Hot Pink Flamingos: Stories of Hope in a Changing Sea and to find ways through legislation and personal and collective action to slow the climate crisis for the oceans and its wildlife.
We spend a special thanks to all of our members, donors and supporters for keeping the oceans on the agenda during this year of financial crisis.
Happy New Year from all at SeaNotes: Ken, Ali & Geoff.