Aquarium Reception to Honor Three Key Partners in Business, Community and Education

Nov 12, 2015

Education Programs

The Monterey Bay Aquarium will honor Ted and Cindy Walter of Passionfish restaurant in Pacific Grove, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and Anna Muñoz, a teacher at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina, at its annual business partner reception on December 2, recognizing them for their commitment to the environment and ocean conservation.                   

Every year the nonprofit aquarium hosts a reception to thank local business partners, in conjunction with Community Week in early December, when residents of the tri-county Monterey Bay region receive free admission. Businesses are critical partners in the aquarium’s work to inspire conservation of the ocean and help support the aquarium’s many education, conservation and science programs.

The reception will recognize three partners who have helped advance the aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the ocean through their contributions of money, time, ingenuity and love for their community, said aquarium Public Affairs Director Barbara Meister.

  • The Walters, and Passionfish, have been business members since 1997 and Passionfish was the first restaurant to partner with the aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Passionfish was also the first restaurant in Monterey County to be certified as a Green Business. Ted and Cindy Walter are both advocates for sustainability and demonstrate their commitment through their business practices.  
  • Since the free Monterey-Salinas Transit waterfront trolley service began in 1992, paid for entirely with contributions from the aquarium and the City of Monterey, the cars it has kept off the road have meant 90% less carbon monoxide and ozone pollution, and 50% less carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides, as well as reductions in the amount of oils and metals washed into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This year, MST added a new wireless power transfer electric trolley to its fleet. Through the aquarium’s “Free to Learn” program, the aquarium and MST trade advertising fees so that more than 1,800 low income residents living in the MST service area, mostly in Monterey County, can get to the aquarium for free visits. 
  • Anna Muñoz, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina, is being recognized for her efforts to incorporate project-based science in her classroom and for leading her students in actions to reduce ocean plastic pollution.

Since 2002, the aquarium has admitted more than 800,000 people in the community free of charge (108,259 visitors in 2014 alone), including underserved audiences who visit through “Free to Learn,” “Shelf to Shore,” “Student Ocean Stewards” and annual “Community Open House” programs. In 2015, the aquarium will host a free-admission week from December 5-13 for all residents of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

For more information and a complete listing of aquarium business partners, please visit

The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.


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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.