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End of Year Roundup: Conservation Wins (Part 1)

Inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures is our mission here at the National Aquarium, and at the end of every year we reflect on some of the most prominent local and national conservation wins!

Published November 28, 2018

#SeaChange Launch: Earlier this year, we launched #SeaChange, a campaign to inspire communities to create a better tomorrow for our ocean planet. In July, #SeaChange took Baltimore’s Artscape by storm with a virtual reality experience visualizing a better future for Baltimore’s waterfront and a Sea Change action wall, where festivalgoers could make public pledges to take action to help our ocean planet . Whether it’s eliminating single-use plastics from your everyday life, planting a native garden or organizing a clean-up, you can join the movement now and in the coming year to be the #SeaChange the world has been waiting for. Join the community of conservationists that have already taken the pledge to act on behalf of the ocean.

#SeaChange pledge wall

Engaging with Changemakers: The National Aquarium’s Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series features opportunities to engage with individuals who have devoted themselves to a conservation cause and are making waves of change. This year’s lecture series kicked off with an exciting discussion about diversity in conservation and was followed by lectures from various individuals devoted to conservation, including Zack Rago from the award-winning film “Chasing Coral” and diver and underwater photographer, Bill Band. This year’s last lecture will feature Gina McCarthy, 13th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on December 4 at 6:30 pm.

Night Heron

Floating Wetland Prototype Attracts Wildlife: Our floating wetland prototype in the Inner Harbor continued its work benefitting the Inner Harbor ecosystem! Many different species, ranging from fishes to birds to anemones, have taken residence above, below and on the prototype. The reintroduction of a natural habitat to the Inner Harbor through the prototype—and our future Waterfront Campus—will attract native species to the harbor next year and for years to come!

Rescue turtle

Populations of Several Sea Turtle Species Recovering: A study was published that revealed several populations of sea turtle and marine mammal species protected under the Endangered Species Act are recovering! According to the study, seven out of the nine species of sea turtles analyzed saw population increases, including green turtles, hawksbill turtles, Kemp’s ridleys and leatherback turtles. The Kemp’s ridley turtles, specifically those that were studied in Texas, showed the biggest population recovery of any species in the study!

Stay tuned for more of our favorite conservation wins from 2018!

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