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Help further our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment by raising your voice
and taking actions to protect our one world ocean and the animals that live there.


New ocean action Alerts

Protecting Endangered Orcas

Adult orca whale breaching the surface of the ocean.

The Seattle Aquarium was part a group of NGOs leading efforts to pass SB 5371, which will create a 1,000-yard buffer from small vessels around the critically endangered southern resident orcas to help them forage more successfully and feed their young. The requirement takes effect in 2025, but you can help protect endangered orcas today by taking the voluntary pledge to give the southern residents 1,000 yards now.

Recovering America’s Wildlife

A snowy plover at the Seattle Aquarium standing on a sandy habitat with its head tilted, looking up and to the side.

One third of America’s wildlife species are at increased risk of extinction. That’s why the Seattle Aquarium is supporting a bill that would support collaborative efforts to help at-risk species by restoring habitat, implementing state wildlife action plans and more. Contact your member of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.2773)!

Download our guide here: Contacting an elected official

Join us—act for the ocean!

Reduce your footprint

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we—and the ocean—face. Our vision is to become a regenerative aquarium, producing more environmental benefits than harm and helping to ensure a climate-resilient, sustainable future for all. Join us by making changes in your own day-to-day habits. For example, take public or human-powered transportation whenever possible instead of driving. Explore other action ideas below!

Vote for the Ocean

The future of sea otters, orcas, salmon and other amazing sea creatures depends on what YOU mark on your ballot. We hope you’ll join us in voting for local, state and national leaders who will stand up for wildlife, clean water, clean air and a voice for all communities in decision-making processes. Make sure you’re registered to vote, and vote in every election!

Share Your Views

You can use a letter to the editor to share your view on a current marine policy issue that you find important. Decision makers rely on local papers as a gauge for public opinion, and writing a letter to the editor is one way you can influence your elected officials to take action to protect ocean health. Need help getting started? Download our guide.


Volunteering is a great way to help marine ecosystems, share your skills and experiences, and work alongside other environmental advocates. The Seattle Aquarium would not be what it is without our talented, dedicated and passionate volunteers—amazing and generous people who want to learn more about the marine world, get their hands dirty and inspire others to conserve our one world ocean. Consider joining us!


Charitable donations help make our mission possible, especially during these challenging times. Your support connects people to the ocean in a way not otherwise possible and inspires bold action to care for animals and protect our shared marine environment. Consider donating to the Seattle Aquarium. A gift of any size makes a huge difference! 

Contact Your Representatives

When elected officials receive numerous emails or phone calls on a specific issue, it can influence their vote and what they take time to champion. Learn how to reach out to one of your representatives to discuss an ocean policy issue, or ask them to support or oppose a specific piece of legislation.  

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