It wouldn’t be a visit to Monterey, CA without a visit to its world famous, sustainably-recognized, absolutely wondrous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Look, this isn’t hype, it’s an actual under-the-sea wonderland committed to it’s mission to “inspire conservation of the ocean.” For goodness’ sake, it’s the #1 rated attraction in the area on Tripadvisor— that’s legit.

Today, more than 30 years after opening, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions. More than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species fill 34 major galleries. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean.” —Monterey Bay Aquarium: Our History

We’re thrilled to partner with both the renowned nonprofits, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, for our upcoming ComCap17 community capital conference. Their partnerships support Monday afternoon’s panel, “Financing for a Local Food Economy: From Farms to Fisheries,” and Wednesday’s special working group, “Rebuilding the Local Seafood Supply Chain. These sessions feature Alan Lovewell of Real Good Fish, Narendra Varma of Our Table Cooperative, Jeff Wade of Slow Money SLO, Sherry Flumerfelt of the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, Arno Hesse of Credibles, Christina Oatfield of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and Christophe Hille of Karen Karp & Partners, along with Brett Melone of California FarmLink and Janelle Orsi of SELC as moderators. Interested? Half day, single day and full conference passes are available.


READY TO VISIT!? The Monterey Bay Aquarium has generously provided 30 discounted admission passes, each valid for up to six (6) guests in a party, offering an average of $5/each admission type. Stop by the conference registration desk during the mornings at Golden State Theater to pick one up, or email Jess to reserve one and pick one up at the conference.

This ticket is valid September 8-15, 2017. For more information on ticket types and everything else about your visit, head to MontereyBayAquarium.org.

What’s in store at the Aquarium…

Panamic green moray eels (Gymnothorax castaneus). Image source: Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

Behold, the blue-spotted jawfish, one of the stars of the ¡Viva Baja! special exhibit. Image source: Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

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We wanted to tell a new and unexpected story of Baja, a story of life on the edge. It’s a very special and unique environment and it’s also a fragile ecosystem….We wanted to create an immersive experience. There’s always something to look at and touch as you move through the environment.” – Senior exhibit developer Raul Nava, via The Mercury News

Pacific Seahorse in the current special exhibit. Image source: Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

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We spent an afternoon in Monterey enjoying the beautiful Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is truly the best aquarium I’ve been too. It’s an immersive experience walking through the building, experiencing the different zones from the Kelp Forest to the Open Sea, and seeing all the amazing creatures from sting rays, sharks, and octopus, to the ethereal jellyfish and adorable otters. My absolute favorite thing about the aquarium is the beautiful sound healing music, composed specially for each exhibit.” –Karamariaananda.com, Family Travel Monterey

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And with that, perhaps we’ll run into you sea-gazing, and in any case….we’ll MEET YOU IN MONTEREY!