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The Bay Institute & Aquarium of the Bay Special Report Including 2011 Financials

Leveraging science to protect and restore the Bay-Delta for 30 Years

Inspiring stewardship and conservation for 15 years

Partners in one mission The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea as a fully merged, single-minded organization with sharply focused programs and a joint mission.

In 2011, your gift to us was felt across the entire Bay-Delta. Our accomplishments included:

2011 accomplishments Marsh restoration project groundbreaking at Cullinan Ranch Passage of AB 376, a state law that bans the sale of shark fins Free marine education programs in San Francisco Public Library branches Expansion of marine education programs for children with special needs Continued protection for delta smelt, Chinook salmon and steelhead Increased flows in the San Joaquin River Thirty-three Bay Area restaurants serving only sustainable seafood

Dear Friends, In 2011 we celebrated a double anniversary: For thirty and fifteen years, respectively, The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay have been powerful forces behind improving the health of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. In this anniversary year—realizing the unparalleled growth potential made possible by our merger—the Board of Directors of both institutions concentrated on combining our strengths and assets into one powerful, united voice for the Bay-Delta. Drawing on our traditional values and innovative vision, the Board’s efforts have led to a true joining together of our organizations, supported by a new leadership structure brimming with vitality. On the financial side, we re-launched our annual fundraising event as the San Francisco Bay Gala, which was held at the beautifully restored Maritime Museum. As evidence of the strengthening of our overall development program, this year’s event was a huge success and sets the pace for years to come.

“The Bay-Delta is a world-class ecological treasure that is critical to our economy, well-being and quality of life.” As we enter this new era, our Board’s commitments are twofold: ongoing strategic leadership towards a lean organization that manages costs without diluting mission-focused operations and raising additional funds to move us to the next level. The Bay-Delta is a world-class ecological treasure that is critical to our economy, well-being and quality of life. We look forward to your continued support in helping us create a positive legacy for this precious resource.

Steven N. Machtinger Chairman of the Board

The Bay Institute Journey through the years

1980 1981: Bill Davoren and fellow activists found The Bay Institute.

1984: The Bay Institute publicizes dead and deformed wildlife at Kesterson Wildlife Refuge caused by seleniumladen runoff from the uncompleted San Luis Drain.

Dear Supporters, The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay are well positioned in our joint role as a catalyst for conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. For 30 years, The Bay Institute has leveraged its scientific acumen and environmental expertise to inspire California policy makers to do the right thing for the Bay-Delta. And for 15 years, guests to the Aquarium of the Bay take with them a sense of wonder, respect and personal responsibility for making the Bay-Delta a healthier habitat for us all. During the past year, we drew on our strengths, streamlined our operations, invested in new programs, and developed a strategic plan to exponentially increase our positive impact on the Bay’s ecology. That work is already paying off with successes in many areas, including tidal marsh restoration, fresh water flows in the Delta, a state law banning the sale of shark fins, more restaurants joining the sustainable seafood movement, expansion of our education programs, and much more. As we move forward, we must continue to keep our programs aligned with our mission while building new partnerships with leaders from industry, foundations, government and the community—partnerships that will enable us to take the next step in transforming our passion and vision into reality. We hope you will join us in this quest to make a healthy Bay-Delta our legacy to future generations.

John Frawley President & CEO


1985: In partnership with UC Berkeley, The Bay Institute began cosponsoring annual state-of-theart conferences on the problem of selenium and agricultural drainage in the Central Valley.

1986: The Bay Institute convenes Managing Inflows to California’s Bays & Estuaries, a pioneering conference focused on freshwater flow restoration.

1987: The Bay Institute issues the Citizen’s Report on the Diked Historic Baylands of San Francisco Bay to encourage protection of the Bay’s remaining wetlands.

Awardees The Carla Bard Bay Education Award

environmental issues affecting the Bay-Delta Estuary

2011 Awardee: David Loeb, publisher and co-founder

and its tributary waterways. The award is named for

of Bay Nature magazine and Executive Director of

Harold Gilliam, the author of numerous books and

the Bay Nature Institute in Berkeley in recognition of

former columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

his leadership role in focusing public attention on the Bay’s beauty and its perils.

Bay Hero Award Celebrating The Bay Institute’s 30th anniversary

The oldest of our three annual awards, The Carla

and Aquarium of the Bay’s 15th anniversary, we re-

Bard Bay Education Award—which was named

launched our annual fundraising event as the San

for the late Carla Bard, a champion of clean water,

Francisco Bay Gala at the newly restored Maritime

wetlands preservation and wild rivers who chaired

Museum, a festive waterfront event that brought

the State Water Resources Control Board and served

together 400 environmental leaders and supporters,

on The Bay Institute’s Board of Directors—was

and raised $250,000 to support our programs.

created in 1992 to honor those who have significantly increased the public’s understanding of and concern

Keeping with the tradition of paying special tribute

for the Bay-Delta.

to community members who have done exemplary work protecting San Francisco Bay and its watershed,

The Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence In Environmental Reporting…from the Sierra to the Sea

we presented three awards to leading Bay Area

2011 Awardee: Carolyn Jones, Environmental

2011 Awardee: Citizens Committee to Complete the

Reporter, with the San Francisco Chronicle in

Refuge, Florence and Philip LaRiviere, Co-Chairs in

recognition for her thought-provoking newspaper

recognition of their efforts to save the Bay’s remaining

articles about the plight of the Bay’s freshwater

wetlands and to foster worldwide education regarding

flows and decimated wetlands.

the value of all wetlands.

The Bay Institute created the Harold Gilliam Award

Newly created in 2011, the Bay Hero Award honors

for Excellence in Environmental Reporting…

those who have taken extraordinary action to protect

from the Sierra to the Sea in 1999 to recognize

the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.

environmentalists at the 2011 gala.

knowledgeable and skilled reporting on complex

1988: The Bay Institute completes the environmental community’s most extensive case for restoring freshwater flows to the Bay.

1988: In conjunction with The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups, The Bay Institute sues the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to force releases from the Friant Dam to the dewatered San Joaquin River.

1989: The Bay Institute publishes the first issue of Bay on Trial newsletter.


1990: Discovers selenium in water samples from the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal.

Leadership * The Bay Institute Board of Directors

The Bay Institute Executive Leadership

Steven N. Machtinger, Chair

John Frawley, President & CEO

Nancy Carlson, First Vice Chair

Bobbi Evans, Chief Financial Officer

Nancy Werner, Second Vice Chair

Sheryl Barbic, Development Director

Morgan Tarr, Treasurer

Gary Bobker, Rivers and Delta Program Director

Carol K. Lind, Past Chair

Marc Holmes, Bay Restoration Program Director

Marcia Brockbank

Cyril Manning, Marketing & Communications

Karen Collins


Ethel Daly

David Tauscheck, Finance Director

Harrison “Hap” Dunning Robert J. Erickson

Aquarium of the Bay Executive Leadership

Rodney Fong

John Frawley, President & CEO

Derry Henderson

Bobbi Evans, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Law

Carrie Chen, Director of Education & Conservation

Dean Morehous

Chris Connors, Director of Operations

Arlene Wong

Jennie Leichtling, Director of Development Chris Low, Director of Facilities & Life Support

The Bay Institute Aquarium Foundation Board of Directors


Steven N. Machtinger, Chair Harvey Glasser, MD Carol K. Lind Morgan Tarr


Cyril Manning, Marketing & Communications Christina J. Slager, Director of Animal Care & Aquatic Exhibits Cathy Tolentino, Director of Sales

*As of November 2011

1991: The Bay Institute co-founds Share the Water, a coalition that successfully lobbied for the passage of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, the first environmental reform of federal water projects in the West.

1993: The Bay Institute wins stronger operational protections for the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon.

1993: The Shrimp Project completes its first restoration at the Martin Ranch in Petaluma, and wins the Grand Prize in Anheuser Busch’s national environmental awards program.

1993: The Bay Institute wins stronger protections for the delta smelt from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bay Restoration Program

One Battle Won, More to Come Thanks in part to a report published 24 years ago by

of decision makers, construction will be completed

The Bay Institute, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife

next year, enabling the ancient marshes to gradually

Refuge broke ground last year to restore 1,500

reestablish themselves.

acres of tidal marshes at Cullinan Ranch, one of the first tidal marshes in the Napa River estuary to

The Bay Institute began this restoration battle with

be drained for farmland in the 19th century. In line

its Citizens Report on the Diked Historic Baylands

with our continuous efforts to keep this issue in front

of San Francisco, sounding the alarm for Cullinan

1993: The Bay Institute issues Death in the Ponds, the first major report on the Tulare pond contamination.

1994: The Bay Institute negotiates and signs the Bay-Delta Accord, a statefederal agreement on the first new water quality standards in 17 years.

1995 1995: The Bay Institute wins the San Francisco Foundation’s Helen Crocker Russell Award.

1995: The Bay Institute helps negotiate an agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and westside growers to dramatically reduce discharges of selenium-tainted drainwater.

Marc Holmes Director Bay Restoration Program

For the past 25 years, Marc Holmes Ranch and other restorable wetland sites threatened by

has worked to promote restoration

development. Along with other environmental organizations,

of San Francisco Bay wetlands. One

we encouraged then Congresswoman Barbara Boxer to add

of the Bay’s leading champions of

Cullinan Ranch to the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife

wetlands restoration, Marc actively

Refuge, an unprecedented request that would require almost

works to educate policymakers

$8 million from Congress to buy out the property owner.

about the key issues, including how

Although the purchase was completed in 1990, it took an

marsh restoration will provide a

additional 21 years of concerted efforts before ground was

green infrastructure to ward off the

finally broken.

impacts of sea level rise.

Other large sites in the North and South Bay have also been

Before joining The Bay Institute

acquired for restoration projects, and The Bay Institute is

13 years ago, Mark served as

redoubling our efforts to reach the goal of restoring 100,000

California State Senate appointee

acres of wetlands. A recent focus of our work is educating

to the CalFed Bay-Delta Authority,

government decision-makers about wetlands restoration as

was a United States delegate to the

the most cost-effective way to protect valuable shoreline

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

structures from accelerated sea level rise caused by global

of International Importance, and

warming. Creating this green infrastructure will not only

represented the U.S. Information

restore habitat at the sites for fish, migratory waterfowl and

Agency as part of a cultural

shorebirds, but will literally and metaphorically help turn the


tide on sea level rise

wetland protection in Brazil.

1995: The Bay Institute devotes resources arguing most extensive case for an innovative and aggressive approach to environmental protection and planning.

1996: Helps draft and win passage of Proposition 204, which includes $543 million for Bay-Delta ecosystem restorations.

1996: The Bay Institute helps negotiate the San Joaquin River Agreement.




1996: Aquarium of the Bay opens as Underwater World.

Rivers and Delta Program

Headwaters of the San Joaquin River

Shaping the Future of the Bay-Delta Our Rivers and Delta Program focuses on returning

a dramatic increase in flows from the San Joaquin

fresh water to our rivers and streams, improving

River basin to the Delta before the State Water

water policies and protecting endangered species.

Resources Control Board—which is in the first phase

Undaunted by special interest groups that invest vast

of updating the current set of Bay-Delta standards.

resources in maintaining the status quo, our policy experts and advocates continue to make the case for

While we won the initial battle to get the San Joaquin

sensible, science-based solutions.

River flowing again, ensuring those agreements are kept and improving the way that California manages

One of our most important efforts in the past year

our state’s water remain an uphill battle. To defend

has been making the scientific and policy case for

recent gains, we worked with our litigation team

1997: The Bay Institute and other groups successfully sue the California Fish and Game Commission to list the spring run Chinook salmon as an endangered species.

1998: The Bay Institute publishes From the Sierra to the Sea: The Ecological History of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed.

1998: The Bay Institute and 18 other conservation groups issue the Blueprint for an Environmentally and Economically Sound CALFED Water Supply Reliability Program.

1998: The Bay Institute launches STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) Project.

and negotiation partners to defend federal Endangered Species Act protections for delta smelt, Chinook salmon and steelhead from legal attacks by Delta export contractors. We were also active in repelling efforts by anti-environmental extremists in Congress to roll back laws that protect the BayDelta ecosystem, to repeal our historic agreement to restore the San Joaquin River, and to override state environmental requirements.

Gary Bobker Director, Rivers and Delta Program Leveraging

We led efforts to shape state and federal efforts to develop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a proposed long-term


Bay Institute’s cutting edge science to convince state decision makers to take action to protect the Bay-Delta, Gary

solution for the environmental and water supply problems

Bobker is one of California’s most

of the Delta. The Bay Institute’s work was instrumental in

influential experts on environmental

exposing the flawed analysis behind the draft Plan’s proposed

protections and water use.

increases in Delta water exports—findings that helped mobilized agency and public reaction to the draft plan, and were confirmed by numerous independent scientific reviews. Our input was also a key component in identifying how flow,

Since joining The Bay Institute in 1992, Gary Bobker has helped negotiate many landmark environmental agreements, from the Bay-Delta Accord to the San

habitat improvements, and conservation programs focused

Joaquin River restoration settlement.

on reducing reliance on the Delta can form the basis of a

He previously worked as West Coast

more enduring solution.

staff director for the National Toxics Campaign, Northern California staff

The Bay Institute played a major role in producing the first State of the Bay Report, a comprehensive review of the Bay’s ecological health and management status sponsored

director for the California Natural Resources Federation, and pollution prevention research analyst for the Citizen Action Coalition. He has chaired

by a consortium of state, federal and local agencies. This


new report, inspired by and based in large part on our


pioneering Ecological Scorecard Project, recognized progress

Coordinator for the Environmental

in restoring tidal wetland habitat and reversing water quality

Water Caucus, and has been a member

degradation. It also confirmed that half of the runoff in the Bay’s watershed is diverted before it reaches the Bay

1998: The Bay Institute and other groups win the biggest citizen-suit pollution cleanup settlement in the Bay’s history when Exxon and Unocal agree to pay $4.8 million to restore fisheries, habitat and water quality.


2000: The Bay Institute’s technical and policy work wins strong ecosystem restoration and water use efficiency programs in the CALFED final decision.


Program served


Ecosystem Program

of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

2000: The Bay Institute, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and California State Coastal Conservancy debut the San Pablo Bay Watershed Restoration Program.

Saving the bay for future generations

Raising the Bar for Marine Conservation Situated right on San Francisco Bay and home to more than 20,000 local marine animals—including

Our Conservation Efforts By The Numbers

20 species that are threatened with extinction— Aquarium of the Bay holds an unrivaled position as a catalyst for conservation of the Bay and its watershed. The Aquarium offers visitors powerful personal

105 lbs messages supporting CA shark fin ban AB 376

pounds of invasive kelp removed from the bay

local restaurants pledging to serve only sustainable seafood

experiences that strongly connect them with the Bay, influencing them to take responsibility for the Bay as

finning legislation. As part of our exhibit No Fins, No

a resource of global significance. Moreover, with 75

Future, we inspired 14,099 Aquarium visitors to sign

cents of every dollar of revenue directly supporting

postcards supporting this monumental legislation.

environmental endeavors of The Bay Institute and Aquarium, the Aquarium provides a strong source of

Another indication of our influence can be seen in

funding necessary for achieving our mission.

the Bay Area restaurant community. As a founding member of the San Francisco Seafood Watch

Perhaps one of the greatest testimonies to our

Alliance, we provide local support for Monterey

positive impact on visitors is the passing of AB 376,

Bay Aquarium’s efforts to influence restaurateurs to

a state law that bans the possession, sale, trade and

serve only sustainable seafood. To date, more than

distribution of shark fins in California. As many as 73

30 restaurants across the Bay Area take part in this

million sharks are killed annually, primarily for their

program. We also offer visitor programs and cards

fins, which are used to make shark fin soup. Once

providing information on how to take personal

the fins are cut off, the still-living shark is thrown

action to support the sustainable seafood movement.

back into the ocean to die. Population declines of up to 90 percent have been documented in many shark

As a leader in the local environmental movement,

species. Already recognized as a research advocate

we partner with other organizations on marine

for local sevengill and angel sharks, Aquarium of

conservation projects. In January 2011, our Animal

the Bay was an active proponent of the anti-shark

Care department began working with the Smithsonian

2001: STRAW receives the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for outstanding contribution in Children’s Environmental Education.

2001: Underwater World is re-opened at Aquarium of the Bay.

2002: Aquarium of the Bay becomes accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

2003: The Bay Institute and other groups secure the first releases of water from Friant Dam near Fresno in more than half a century.

Christina J. Slager Director of Animal Care & Aquatic Exhibits Christina Moon Jellies





authority on the care of local marine life and an influential voice

Environmental Research Center, NOAA and UC Davis

for protecting their habitat. She

to detect and control the invasive Asian Kelp (Undaria

has more than 25 years experience

pinnatifida), an aggressive species that can drastically affect


the local ecosystem. Committed to eradicating Undaria, our

including fieldwork in Patagonia

divers collect this invasive kelp dockside and while snorkeling,

and Antarctica, coordinating the

weigh the collected kelp, and gather data that will assist with

evacuation of penguins and sea

eradicating this invasive species. We also distribute kelp

otters from the Aquarium of the

information cards to educate interested passersby about the

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With San Francisco hosting the 2013 America’s Cup, The

white shark capture program, and

Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay President and CEO

directing Aquarium of the Bay’s

John Frawley has accepted the role as Chairman of the

sevengill shark tracking program.

Local Advisory Board for the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project, one of our newest marine conservation partnerships.

Previously, Christina worked at the

The Aquarium will be providing education and outreach

California Academy of Sciences,

to inspire our guests to take action on three core issues to

the Audubon Aquarium of the

improve ocean health: Marine Protected Areas, sustainable

Americas, Monterey Bay Aquarium

seafood, and marine debris/plastics. Activities include

and Mystic Aquarium.

partnering together to produce a film and lecture series at the Aquarium’s new Bay Theater

2003: The Bay Institute and other groups issue Drainage without a Drain report.

2003: The Bay Institute co-sponsors John Hart and David Sanger’s San Francisco Bay: Portrait of an Estuary.

2003: The Bay Institute releases the San Francisco Bay Index of comprehensive ecological indicators.

2003: Releases the first Year in Water report.

Continuing our legacy of learning

Expanding our Educational Outreach Building on Aquarium of the Bay’s successful 15-year

educate children ages 6-10 about the sharks that

track record in providing free onsite, science-based

live in San Francisco Bay, each 45-minute program

education programs to more than 100,000 Bay Area

explains how shark’s unique adaptations help them

public school students, teachers and chaperones, our

find food and survive. Participants learn about the

education department is now taking a three-point

importance of sharks in marine environments, the

approach to extending our reach: onsite programs,

threats they face, and what Aquarium of the Bay is

programs outside on the Bay, and community

doing to help protect them. Our traveling classroom


reached hundreds of children at 10 public library branches in summer 2011, and we expect to educate

Our Special Needs initiative is continuing to grow

an even larger audience with this free program in

with two new grants from Union Bank and Safeway.

summer 2012.

With funding in hand and a road map in place, we’ve expanded our Special Needs Advisory Committee and

Available as a “floating classroom” experience

collaborated with Support for Families of Children

throughout most of the school year, our Discover

with Disabilities, San Francisco Children’s Council

the Bay Hybrid Ferry program continues to grow

and San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department

in popularity. This collaboration with Alcatraz

to hold several successful events at the Aquarium that

Cruises provides an immersive learning experience

served over 320 attendees. Of particular note was a

that combines an education-rich trip aboard the

Saturday morning open house event for Support for

nation’s first hybrid ferry with a hands-on visit

Families of Children with Disabilities that included

to the Aquarium exhibits. Unlike all our other

free admission to the Aquarium, special activities,

free education programs, there is a charge for this

photo souvenirs and snacks.

learning experience, which is partially offset by the availability of some scholarship funds. In 2011, ten

New in 2011, Fintastic! is a free summer program

classes received scholarships thanks to donors like

that brings Aquarium of the Bay naturalists to San


Francisco Public Library branches. Designed to

2004: The Bay Institute conducts a public education campaign to relocate casino project.

2004: The Bay Institute and other groups secure a landmark court decision requiring Friant Dam operators to make releases to maintain downstream fisheries.

2004: The Bay Institute serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee, helping to oversee the restoration of the former South Bay Cargill salt ponds.


2005: The Bay Institute helps to spearhead a fundraising campaign to preserve Tolay Lake Ranch.

Carrie Chen Director of Education and Conservation

As science provides new findings on climate change, we are staying ahead of the curve with an ever-evolving education program that explains why climate change is occuring and how we must each take personal action to slow its impact on our planet. As leaders in climate change communication, we are providing our staff with cutting-edge learning opportunities, such as the National Network for Climate Change Interpretation study circle, a “train the trainer” program that prepared our supervisory staff to train our interpretation staff on the most up-to-date techniques in successful climate change communication. We recently partnered with California Academy of Sciences to provide a special training on climate change communication, and have updated our climate change public programs to showcase new best practices

2005: The Bay Institute releases the second San Francisco Bay Index.

2005: The Bay Institute and other groups negotiate flow and habitat protections to preserve the Yuba River’s fallrun Chinook salmon and other anadromous fish populations.

Carrie Chen is the driving force behind the phenomenal growth of the Aquarium’s education program. With more than 14 years of experience with marine science education organizations around the country, she chairs the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) Conservation Education Committee and leads AZA’s professional development course for Conservation Education Effective Program Design. Prior to joining Aquarium of the Bay in 2004, Carrie developed her skills and passion in marine science education at organizations in the Florida Keys, Catalina Island and Hawaii. Her previous experience in the Bay Area includes developing and leading public education programs on marine science at the Marine Science Institute and Lawrence Hall of Science.

2005: Aquarium of the Bay is named a Green Business by the San Francisco Green Business Program.

2006: The Bay Institute and other groups file an emergency petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to change the listing of delta smelt from threatened to endangered.

Expanding Our Outreach

Creating Community to Support the Bay When The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay

movie theater for films or a forum for lectures, the

first joined forces, we had a vision: in collaboration

Bay Theater is an asset that is opening new doors for

with our scientific, educational, government and

private rentals, expanded education programs and

environmental partners, the Aquarium would become

community activities alike. Special events held at the

a public resource for bringing together thought leaders with the Bay Area community in an inspiring dialogue that set plans and dreams into action. In the three short years since our merger, Aquarium of the Bay has already become that community forum for the Bay, on the Bay.

Bay Theater in 2011/2012 included ...we had a vision...the Aquarium would become a public resource for bringing together thought leaders with the Bay Area community in an inspiring dialogue that set plans and dreams into action.

One of the most exciting changes to

The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, An Evening of Surfing Films hosted by Grant Washburn, and our first concert, the Best of West Coast Roots Music. As demand for the Aquarium as a community resource grows, we will hone in on public events, visitor programs and educational outreach

occur in 2011 was the opening of the Bay Theater,

opportunities. We will continue to integrate the

a 270-seat theater adjacent to the Aquarium’s

knowledge, activities and values of The Bay Institute

entrance that is driving new revenue streams and

and the Aquarium. And together, we will protect,

allowing us to expand our programs and events.

restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay

Equipped to serve as an auditorium for concerts, a

and its watershed

Some of our community partners:

2006: The Bay Institute and other groups reach a historic settlement with the federal government and the Friant Water Users Authority to release flows to restore Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River.

2006: Aquarium of the Bay, Sierra Club and San Francisco Department of the Environment form as an art project to draw attention to climate change.

2006: The Bay Institute launches a major fundraising campaign to acquire Aquarium of the Bay.

Water flowing down from the Sierra feeds the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

The Bay Institute and The Bay Institute Aquarium Foundation Consolidated Statement of Financial Position for December 31, 2011 2011

Assets Cash

$4,007,172 $146,134 $276,986 $8,487,752

Accounts receivable Prepaid expense and other current assets Property and equipment, net Total Assets


Liabilities And Net Assets


Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses Long-term Liabilities Deferred income Total Assets

$605,613 $9200,978 $107,322 $9,913,913

Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Total Net Assets

$1,842,229 $1,161,902 $3,004,131

Total Liabilities And Net Assets

2007: The Bay Institute and other groups file petitions to list the longfin smelt under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.

2007: The Bay Institute efforts invalidate inadequate protections for Delta smelt.


2007: Aquarium of the Bay receives a $200,000 grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Company for the development of a climate change-focused exhibit.

2008: The Bay Institute challenge invalidates inadequate protections for endangered Chinook salmon and steelhead from water project operations.

Consolidated Statement of Financial Activities for December 31, 2011 Revenue 2011

Expenses 2011


$8,266,888 2% Watershed Education $171,773

.1% Interest and other $4,862

2% Bay Restoration $178,058

3.3% Events $276,942

6% Rivers and Delta $493,241

4.3% Donations & Grants $366,758 8.2% Merchandising $697,269

of every dollar directly supports our programs. 58% Aquarium Programs $4,555,336

84.1% Admissions $7,125,310

7% Marketing $557,899

11% Guest Services $867,845 3% Development $282,320 11% General Administative $920,006

2008: Aquarium of the Bay launches a Sevengill research program in consortium with University of California at Davis.

2008: Aquarium of the Bay is operating profitably with 600,000 visitors annually.

2009: Aquarium of the Bay debut “City of the Shark,” a documentary focused on shark species of the San Francisco Bay.

2009: Aquarium of the Bay, the California Academy of Sciences and San Francisco Zoo launch the San Francisco Seafood Watch® Alliance.

Thank You To Our Donors $10,000 and Above

Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission

Alcatraz Cruises, a Hornblower Company

North Bay Watershed Association

America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project



San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

California Wildlife Foundation

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration

Simco Restaurants

Ducks Unlimited

Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee

Environment Now

Nancy and Christian Werner

Robert J. Erickson

Winona Corporation

Benjamin and Ruth Hammett Deirdre H. Henderson

$2,500 - $4,999

Steven and Susan Machtinger


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Baydelta Maritime

The Ocean Project

Marcia and Norm Brockbank

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Helen D. Buchanan

Port of San Francisco

Camp Denali

Resources Legacy Fund

Ethel and Eugene Daly

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund


The San Francisco Foundation

Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District

Union Bank Foundation

Fred Gellert Family Foundation

Weeden Foundation

Golden Gate Salmon Association The Griepp & Lesko Families

$5,000 - $9,999

Promenade Wines

Association of Bay Area Governments

Recology Golden Gate

Blue and Gold Fleet


Nancy and Andrew Carlson

Super Sightseeing Tours

CityPASS, Inc.

The Schmitz-Fromherz Family Fund

Harrison “Hap” C. Dunning

The Spider, Inc.

Fog Harbor Fish House

Thomas and Eva Fong Foundation

Global Gourmet Catering

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Watkins

Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

Sonoma Ecology Center

2009: President Obama signs legislation for San Joaquin River Restoration settlement; first flows are released from Friant Dam on October 1st.

2009: The Bay Institute acquires Aquarium of the Bay.

2009: A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW premiers in San Francisco.

2009: Marin Board of Supervisors recognizes STRAW for completing 100,000 linear feet of restoration on local creeks and streams.

$1,000 - $2,499

Carol Lind and James English

Mrs. Brent M. Abel

Map West, Inc.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Marin Independent Journal

Barney & Barney LLC

McBain & Trush, Inc.

Carolyn Beckedorff and S. Anthony DiGangi

Melange Productions, Inc.

Nancy Blair

Bob Mellinger

Norm and Marty Buckhart

Mirnahill Foundation

California Rice Commission

Natural Resources Defense Council

W. Hardy Callcott, Esq.

Sergio and Larry Nibbi

Hal Candee and Eliza Brown

Northpoint Shopping Center

Phillip Cary

Sam and Mandy Parke

Chicago Zoological Society

Purple Lady/Barbara J. Meislin Fund

Kathy Cleairmont

Scooter Simmons

Coach America/Gray Line San Francisco

Resource Renewal Institute

Karen Collins

Ray and Anna Sargoni

Dibble & Dibble

Jill Spangenberg and Jerome Barakos

DriWater, Inc.

The Stanford Inn

Joseph W. Donner, III

Stillwater Sciences

East Bay Regional Park District

Morgan and Bill Tarr

Catherine Egelhoff and Randall Block

Trish’s Dishes

John and Anita Frawley

Wacky Jacky Sportfishing

Richard A. and Luisiana Gale

Walsh Carter and Associates

GEICO-Pleasant Hill

Captain Stephen and Linda Ware

Hard Rock Café

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Harvey and Gail Glasser

Nick and Amanda Wilcox

David Golden

Arlene Wong and Ken Chow

Theodora and Kenneth Gray

Worldwide Facilities, Inc.

Coke and James Hallowell Anne Halsted

$500 - $999

Jared Robert Nodelman Foundation Fund


Jerry J. Wilson Memorial Foundation


James Ledwith

Sheryl Barbic and Alirio de Carvalho Greg Bard

2009: The Bay Institute works with other environmental organizations and state legislators to develop and pass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act.


2010: Aquarium of the Bay opens poster exhibit on Salmon in the Bay supported by The Bay Institute’s updated Salmon Viewing Map.

2010: The Bay Institute publishes Gone with the Flow.

2010: The Bay Institute works with Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Jackie Speier to pass bills to fund $100,000 Wetlands restoration project.

$500 - $999 Continued Jenny Bard

Ruth and Alfred Heller Fund Katharine H. Johnson Just Give

Tom Bard

Seth LaForge and Ania Mitros

Jack and Patty Bartscher

Duncan Ley

The Baum Foundation

Cindy Lowney and Gary Rydstrom

Pamela Calvert

Jessica Macdermid

Cavallo Point

Jeffrey Mogolian

Vicki and David Cox

Dean A. and Lilla Morehous

Charles Davis

Network for Good

Delta Wetlands Properties Richard Denton and Kristine Houglet Drake Marine, Inc. Ashley Dunning and Ken Sorey Gretchen and Dick Evans

Reggie Regino Marie Reykalin Ride the Ducks—Cable Car Partners, LLC Roaring Camp Railroads Safari West

Chris Exell Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association Victoria Fidel

San Francisco Estuary Partnership Scarborough Insurance Agency Service System Associates

Sandra Fletcher Michael A. Freeman, M.D. and Victoria Stone Alison Fuller

Sonoma Wine Country Trolley Robert Schooler The Winifred and Harry B. Allen Foundation

Daniel M. Gonzalez Alexandra E. and Steven Grover Joell Hallowell

Tower Tours Philip and Ruth Waddington Water Education Foundation Mordechai and Barbara Winter

$250 - $499 Callahan Piano Case + Abst Architects, LLP Chris Acree Kathleen M. Andree-Rissel Star and Margo Babcock Alessandro and Cathy Baccari

2010: The Bay Institute succeeds in helping drive interim restoration flows to the San Joaquin River.

2010: Aquarium of the Bay and The Bay Institute partner with SalmonAid to bring first Salmon Month event to Aquarium of the Bay.

2010: Aquarium of the Bay begins Sea Lion interpretation program.

2010: Aquarium of the Bay launches an initiative to serve Bay Area special needs audiences.

2010: Aquarium of the Bay collaborates with Alcatraz Cruises to create Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry program.

Jennifer Baker

Oakland Zoo

Richard and Carolyn Beahrs

Karen Offereins

Jeff Boehm

Morris Offit

Roberta and Whit Bradshaw

Dr. and Mrs. James Paddor

Janet Christensen

Amy and Mark Plevin

Robert Clegg Diversity

Dick Pool

Awareness Philanthropic Fund

Ed Prohaska

Douglas and Rosemary Corbin

Frank and Nina Rescino

Andrea Danforth and Hale Moanalani

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Electric Tour Company

Jeremy Robinson

Susanne Engleberg and Jeffrey Appleman

Laura Rodormer

Paul Eveloff

Jane Rogers and Michael Fischer Fund

Ethan Ewing

Michael Sapoznikow

Anthony Falzone

Save the Bay

Friends of Efren Carrillo

Sea World San Diego

Carolyn Geiger

Sonoma Country Agricultural and Preservation and

Victor Gonella

Open Space District

Hafner Vineyard

Sorensen’s Resort

Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Robert Towne

Hilton Santa Cruz

Betsy and Tom Twaddell

Paul E. Helliker

Sina Von Reitzenstein

Nancy Leavens

Walt Disney Family Museum

Elliot M. Levin

Nick and Amanda Wilcox

The Marine Mammal Center

Charles Wegerle

Barbara McEntee

Christopher and Barbara Westover

James and Colleen McGrath Carol Misseldine

Workplace Giving

George and Nancy Montgomery

PG&E Corporation Matching Gifts Program

Michael Murphy

Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

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2011: Aquarium of the Bay opens the Bay Theater.

2011: The Bay Institute works with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership to issue The State of San Francisco Bay 2011.

2011: Aquarium of the Bay shark finning exhibit helps spur passage of bill prohibiting shark fins in California.

2011: Aquarium of the Bay launches free Fintastic educational program at San Francisco Public

2012: The Bay Institute’s 24 years of work to restore Cullinan Ranch culminates in start of restoration project.

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The Bay Institute Special Report 2011  

The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay Foundation's 2011 Annual Report

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