Category: President’s Blog

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dear Friend: Mystic Aquarium is widely recognized for our leadership in conservation initiatives.  Sometimes I am asked if our primary focus is global or regional.  Our strategic plan “One Ocean, One Mission” contemplated this issue and reaffirmed the importance of our national education initiatives such as the Youth Conservation Mentoring program operating in Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the nation, and our global research in South... MORE »

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dear Friend: Since its founding, Mystic Aquarium has had an abiding commitment to scientific research as a core competency of the organization. Today, Mystic Aquarium has a renowned staff of research scientists, led by Vice President for Research and Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano.  We operate research laboratories on the Mystic Aquarium campus and at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus. Additionally, we are very proud... MORE »

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dear Friend: In our One Ocean, One Mission 2020 Strategic Plan we identified several strategies as essential to Mystic Aquarium’s future. As an organization deeply rooted in local and global action for protection of oceans and aquatic species, with a resolute concern for community and people, one of those strategies included an investment in our employees.  Through the generosity of Trustee and long-time volunteer, Dick Katz, Mystic... MORE »

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dear Friend: We began the summer season this past weekend celebrating Memorial Day.  This is a special opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our nation. Mystic Aquarium and the region are home to many military families.  On behalf of our community, I extend deep appreciation for the sacrifices that you make in service to our nation. For those who have lost loved ones in service to our nation, we will... MORE »

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dear Friend: Endangered Species Day Thursday of this week marked the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day. Led by Director of Education and Conservation MaryEllen Mateleska, Mystic Aquarium highlighted various threatened and endangered species that call our facility home, including sharks, sea turtles and African Penguins.  We also called attention to the plight of the vaquita, an animal that I discussed in a previous entry.... MORE »

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dear Friend: CONSTRUCTION PLANNED FOR SUMMER 2017!!! I am deeply grateful to announce that this morning Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy called and informed me that the State of Connecticut has committed $5 million towards the construction of the Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center.  This monumental grant allows us to proceed with the $8 million project, as we have already raised $3 million from other sources. The... MORE »

Friday, May 5, 2017

Building;     Weird & Wonderful;    Tourism     Dear Friend: Building Approval This week we received approval from the Town of Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission to construct the Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center. I was pleased to be able to address the Commission. In my comments I introduced them to our Leadership Team who were all in attendance, to our Chief Scientist, Dr. Tracy Romano,... MORE »

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mystic Spirit Week; Plans for Growth   Dear Friend: During the past two weeks (Wednesday to Wednesday) Mystic Aquarium celebrated “Mystic Spirit Week” a celebration of the local community, showcasing what makes Greater Mystic a wonderful place to live, work and visit. Events and Partnerships Manager, Ainslie Seeber, who conceived the idea of Mystic Spirit week last year, notes that: “Mystic is more than just a tourist... MORE »

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Break; UConn ScHOLA²RS; Covanta       Dear Friend: Spring Break As I write this I am thinking of our team who are welcoming thousands of guests for the two weeks of Spring break.  I appreciate all of the extra effort that our staff and volunteers extend during this period when we do not have the benefit of summer staff. All of us appreciate the many guests and members who make Mystic Aquarium a... MORE »

Friday, April 7, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation; Kelly Milton; Marine Science Partnership         Dear Friend: On Tuesday evening we celebrated the volunteers of Mystic Aquarium at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.  It is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the 500 people who give their time and talent to the mission and programs of Mystic Aquarium. Staff from various departments produced some very funny video... MORE »