Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


    Monthly lectures are offered by the American Cetacean Society (ACS) and FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (FCMA) with fascinating talks on a variety of marine-related topics by noted scientists and authors.

Upcoming Lectures

American Cetacean Society Lecture
The American Cetacean Society/LA Chapter offers free presentations on whale research and conservation on the last Tuesday of every month in the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

For more information and scheduled speakers, please visit the ACS-LA website.

• Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
• Tuesday, May 27, 2014 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Return of the big marine predators to California waters: a sign things might be getting better

By Dr. Chris Lowe, CSU Long Beach

Sharks serve as the canaries of the sea with their status reflecting the health of the greater ocean ecosystem. As apex predators, sharks typically have smaller populations and unique life-cycle characteristics that make them extra vulnerable to the consequences of overfishing, habitat-loss and pollution.

Since the 1970s, many laws and regulations have been put in place to reduce human impacts and repair damage we have caused to coastal ocean ecosystems. Yet, we’re constantly bombarded with “doom and gloom” messages about the state of the oceans. Are all our efforts paying off?

Evidence shows that things might be getting better for marine predators. While it has taken decades, many shark populations are increasing due to better water and air quality, improved fisheries management and restored ecosystems – these improvements have occurred as the number of people living along California’s coast has increased. This is good news for sharks off California, but the difficulties sharks face globally are far more challenging to tackle.

For more information about Dr. Lowe's research, visit the CSULB Shark Lab website.


• Friday, May 09, 2014 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, August 01, 2014 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, October 03, 2014 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
• Friday, December 05, 2014 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM