Monterey Bay Aquarium: The Origin Story
Scott Shafer talks to one of the founders of the aquarium, Dr. Steve Webster, who brings us back to the beginning of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Protecting Marine Life, One DNA Sequence at a Time
Until recently, if you wanted to study the ocean you had to actually get into the ocean. But big advances in genetic testing have revolutionized efforts to protect marine life in the waters off California, where DNA sequencing allows biologists to study fish and whales without ever having seen them.
Sustainable Seafood: Ocean to Table
Scientists have come a long way in trying to prevent the collapse of fisheries that can spell economic disaster around the world. But consumers can play a role too. That's the idea behind the Monterey Bay Aquarium's nearly twenty-year-old Seafood Watch program that produces a guide to sustainable seafood. With news about the near extinction of Blue Fin Tuna, and dwindling populations of other fish like wild sturgeon and eel, the guide has helped seafood lovers make ocean friendly choices about what goes on their dinner plate.
Kelp, Climate and Catches
Lauren Sommer and Scott Shafer talk to Monterey Bay Aquarium naturalist and senior educator Dan Albro about kelp, climate change and the overfishing of sharks.
Monterey Bay's Future Marine Scientists
On California's Central Coast, some kids grow up surfing and exploring tide pools, while others rarely get to the ocean. A lot of this depends on their socioeconomic status or where their families live. But the Monterey Bay region is teeming with programs to inspire the next generation of marine scientists, no matter who they are or where they come from.