Did you know that more than 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year worldwide? That’s roughly a dump-truck full of plastic every minute of every day!

The 2018 Scales & Ales highlighted the Aquarium’s efforts to fight plastic pollution, one of the gravest threats facing marine wildlife today. Your support of Scales & Ales is an investment in critical conservation efforts that inspire millions of people each year to make a difference for wildlife.

Audubon is committed to empowering our communities and our visitors to shift away from single-use plastic and toward more environmentally-friendly options. In 2017, the Aquarium eliminated the use of plastic straws and bags and is working toward significantly reducing or eliminating plastic beverage bottles and showcasing innovative alternatives to plastic. This year, Scales & Ales will offer guests green alternatives, such as water served in aluminum cans rather than plastic bottles.

Thank you for partnering with Audubon to build a brighter future for the wonders of nature!

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea will be at Scales & Ales!

The Aquarium is hosting this special exhibition featuring larger-than-life aquatic animal sculptures crafted from plastic trash collected from beaches. The exhibit is spread throughout the Aquarium and designed to educate a global audience about the threat that plastic pollution poses for the world’s oceans and waterways.

Made entirely of debris removed from Pacific Coast beaches, the “Washed Ashore’’ traveling exhibit offers a powerful, visual reality of the proliferation of pollution in the world’s waterways. Examples include sculptures of a 10-foot Sea Jelly, a 10-foot-long leaping Marlin, and a 1,500-pound Great White Shark.