Subject: Learning Cnter:National Aquarium in Baltimore (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 13:38:32 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Mon, 29 Sep 97 02:00:00 GMT 
Subject: National Aquarium in Baltimore

National Aquarium in Baltimore to Receive National Recognition as a Coastal
                      America Ecosystem Learning Center

             New Initiative to Protect Coastline to be Announced


        In a landmark ceremony, the National Aquarium in Baltimore becomes the
    first organization in the Mid-Atlantic region to receive national
    designation as a Coastal America Ecosystem Learning Center.  As an
    ecosystem learning center the Aquarium will provide the area with
    technical expertise, new equipment to study and monitor the area's marine
    ecology, as well as new exhibits and programs.
        More than 4,000 miles of Chesapeake Bay coastline provide food,
    recreation and a wide range of commercial activities for area residents.
    Pollution, overfishing and other factors caused by increased population
    threaten many coastal waters.  Coastal America, established in 1992, is a
    partnership among federal, state and local governments and private
alliances dedicated to addressing coastal ecology problems.


        U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and David
    M. Pittenger, Executive Director of the National Aquarium in Baltimore
    will be joined by Robert Perciasepe, Chairman of Coastal America and
    Assistant EPA Administrator for Water, and Terry Garcia, Acting Assistant
    Administrator for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA, to designate the Aquarium
    as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center

    WHEN:    Wednesday, Sept. 24

    8:00 a.m. -- Coffee Reception for Participants and Media
    8:30 a.m. -- Designation Ceremony
    9:15 a.m. -- Breakfast for Participants and Media


        National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 4, Marine Mammal Pavilion,
    Baltimore, Maryland.

    CONTACT: Michael Darling, 202-232-4039, for the National Aquarium in