News & Announcements

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February 05, 2009

Aquarium Presidential Search Continues

The search for a new Oregon Coast Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer has been extended this week after the finalist declined the Aquarium’s offer for the position. Chris Gentile regretfully declined the offer due to family ties in the Southeast. The position has been vacant since September 2008 when former Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer, Dale Schmidt accepted a po... more

January 28, 2009

Crocs Donates Shoes To Husbandry Staff

The shoes will provide comfort and safety to husbandry staff When Kevin Clifford ordered new pair of works shoes, he decided it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a donation for the entire husbandry staff at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “After all, we are a non profit, so I didn’t think it would hurt to ask,” said Clifford, Assistant Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates. “I was surprised that not only di... more

January 14, 2009

Aquarium Offers Spring Volunteer Training

Spring Volunteer Training Begins March 3 The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites people who want to know more about marine life and the coastal environment to become a volunteer. Enrollment is open now for Spring Volunteer Training which gets underway March 3 and continues each Tuesday afternoon through May 5 from 3 pm – 6 pm. Through a series of lectures and hands-on activities, volunteers learn ... more

December 29, 2008

2008 Was A Very Good Year For The Oregon Coast Aquarium

A word of thanks to communities and non-profit partners for making 2008 an extraordinary year The last year has been an extraordinary one for the Oregon Coast Aquarium and it applauds the communities and some of the non-profit organizations with whom it collaborated in 2008. “The Aquarium is a non profit facility itself, and relies on visitor-related revenues, grants, and donations to financ... more

December 11, 2008

Record Attendance, Food Donations And A Wedding At The 2008 Sea Of Lights!

Record food donations reveal a spirit of generosity during difficult economic times While Wall Street and economists report economic calamities, a spirit of generosity was apparent among those attending the 16th Annual Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium December 5 and 6. The Aquarium saw record breaking attendance of 3,542 people at the event, considerably more than last year’s atten... more

November 24, 2008

Come Celebrate The Holidays At The Oregon Coast Aquarium!

Record food donations reveal a spirit of generosity during difficult economic times While Wall Street and economists report economic calamities, a spirit of generosity was apparent among those attending the 16th Annual Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium December 5 and 6. The Aquarium saw record breaking attendance of 3,542 people at the event, considerably more than last year’s atten... more

November 19, 2008

Aquarium Assists With Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Habitat Restoration

The threatened butterfly requires a specific coastal habitat to survive Habitat restoration for the threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly received assistance from the Oregon Coast Aquarium early this month. The Aquarium grounds staff helped by rooting and planting nectar producing food sources for butterfly habitat. The Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta), listed as a th... more

November 17, 2008

Aquarium Receives Grant From Oregon Community Foundation

Funds are earmarked for the Ocean Literacy and Conservation Education Collaborative The Oregon Coast Aquarium was awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 by the Betty Lou Roberts Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to fund a new position of School Liaison. The grant supports the Ocean Literacy and Conservation Education Collaborative, a partnership of numerous research and education pa... more

November 12, 2008

Aquariums Swap Harbor Seals

Mammalogists at Oregon Coast Aquarium and Seattle Aquarium collaborate in captive breeding program The Oregon Coast Aquarium exchanged a female harbor seal for a male harbor seal from the Seattle Aquarium in hopes of producing pups. The Oregon Coast Aquarium exchanged 22 year old female, “Pinky,” for 9 1/2 year old male, “Q”, who is currently becoming acclimated to his holding pool. In a ... more

November 05, 2008

The Sea Of Lights Dec. 5 And 6

The annual holiday festival Dec. 5 and 6 benefits Lincoln County Food Share The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host its 16th Annual Sea of Lights Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm both evenings. A tradition for many families, visitors come from all over the region to enjoy a weekend shopping, attending the Sea of Lights in the evening and spending time together. The enti... more