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Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon 2017

Mark your calendar for the sixth annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, November 7 Featuring Dr. Carl Safina.  The Luncheon will be at the Riverview Hotel from 11:00 to 1:00.  Please click on the MEAL link to make reservations.

Marine Environmental Awardees 2017

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award-Recognizes a business or organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.  Share the Beach


Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award-Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region. 

Don Bates



Click here for more information on our awardees.

Dr. Carl Safina

Dr Carl Safina by Pat Paladines
Dr Carl Safina by Pat Paladines

Dr. Carl Safina works to show that nature and human dignity require each other. His recent works probe the ways in which our relationship with the natural world affects human relations, and how the scientific facts imply the need for moral and ethical responses. 

Safina, who has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University, is the author of more than a hundred scientific and popular publications. Beyond Words, What Animals Think and FeelSong for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross , Voyage of the Turtle, Nina Delmar - The Great Whale Rescue, The View From Lazy Point  and Safina’s chronicle of the Gulf blowout, A Sea in Flames, was released on April 19, 2011—the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.


Dr. Safina is founding president of The Safina Center and is adjunct professor at Stony Brook University  Safina is a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Pew Fellow in Marine conservation, an Utne Reader visionary, and a recipient of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo’s Rabb Medal, among other honors.

Join the Friends of the Sea Lab

The Estuarium is an exciting educational public aquarium highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.


New this year  "Windows to the Sea” a new interactive addition to the Estuarium.
The new permanent exhibit provides a unique look at our oceans through the use of technology, including the installation “Sounds of the Sea,” which teleports visitors through the Delta, Gulf of Mexico, and beyond with sounds of the alligator, various fish, the Gaillard Island brown pelican and tern colonies, and right whales.   An interactive video wall offers a glimpse into a Sargassam community and takes visitors on a spin around the globe to see how Earth has evolved over millions of years.   The experience extends to a touch screen table with activities for visitors of all ages. 
The addition also includes new marine exhibits including a 500 gallon tank initially featuring a Hawaiian reef community. Other marine habitats from around the world will be featured on a rotating basis.  

   Click on the Friends tab above to download the membership form.




 Mark your Calendar:

Cocktails with The Critters  to be Thursday May 3, 2018