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then presented their research at Final Presentations to an assembly of family, staff, trustees, peers, and Museum visitors.

Ty Warner sea center

During its third year of operation, the Sea Center hosted 70,000 visitors including 13,000 students. Many of these students participated in our Channel WATCH (Watershed Activities for Teaching Coastal Health) program, a collaborative effort between the Sea Center and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper to provide local students with sustained educational experiences tracing the connection between human activities, local creeks, and marine life and habitats of the Santa Barbara Channel.

At our summer show Claws: Amazing Crustaceans, visitors gained firsthand experiences with a variety of crabs and shrimps, and learned about the crustacean’s fascinating life cycle. e Sea Center also saw the birth of more than 200 pipefish, four swell sharks, and eight thornback rays. Our swell shark breeding program has been so successful that we began trading animals with other aquariums, thereby increasing the diversity of our collection.

With help from a Patagonia grant, the Sea Center was able to launch the Santa Barbara Sustainable Seafood Program. is exciting program partners with Monterey Bay Aquarium to provide resources to local restaurants and encourages them to serve sustainable seafood. In partnership with the Community Environmental Council, we hosted the Keep Our Seas Plastic Free event. We also hosted Sea Otter


eek, the Arthropod

estival, the annual family sleepover,

and numerous Nature Adventure Camps.

Ty Warner sea center and santa Barbara channelkeeper illustrate the connection between human activities, local creeks, and marine life and habitats of the santa Barbara channel during our Keep our Seas Plastic Free event.

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