The ceremony, which took place last night, was the first such occasion, and recognized nine individuals who have worked tirelessly for our coast, it's wildlife and for all of us who live here and know that this is one of the most remarkable places on our planet.
Although it is the Monterey Bay Aquarium's 25th Anniversary in October, this is actually Julie's 30th year with the institution. During those 30 years, she has seen the Aquarium established as a world leader in the aquarium field, but also increasingly recognized as a national conservation organization; this year also being the 10th Anniversary of our Seafood Watch program. Increasingly the Aquarium is seen as a force in policy and advocacy, championing the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health, and supporting the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, to create a network of marine protected areas along the entire California Coast.
To work for Julie and the aquarium is to be inspired on a daily basis. The aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Visitors, staff and volunteers alike are living this mission. You will find three such stories in Julie's blog today on Huffington Post.
We hope you will continue to inspired by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and join us in taking action for healthy oceans.