Sunday, July 15, 2007
DAY 19: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Saturday we awoke in San Pedro, California, the Los Angeles suburb that is home to one of the nation’s largest ports, and to the wonderful Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Linda, Alfonso and a whole host of staff and volunteers extended a warm welcome and helped us throughout the day. They shared stories about the beginnings of the aquarium, close to 75 years ago, when specimens from the surrounding ecosystem were collected by volunteers and housed in an old bathhouse that became the aquarium’s first home.
Since those early years, Cabrillo has been engaging the public in all aspects of marine life and has maintained a vibrant volunteer base – so many of all ages! Several young volunteers proudly shared their knowledge of the salmon’s lifecycle and the importance of salmon to both the Pacific ocean and to the rivers and streams throughout the West.
Fin again took comfort, knowing that these committed kids will be shaping future policies with her and her fellow salmon in mind. You can read more about the failed federal salmon policies that have been hurting the Northwest and the nation here.