For its inaugural project, the Honda Marine Science Foundation partnered with the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science & Management on a research initiative that sought to provide a framework for future Southern California oyster restoration efforts. A group of Bren School students researched the Olympia oyster in order to educate the public on the benefits of restoring native oyster populations for shoreline stabilization.
The students published their thesis in June 2017, concluding that large-scale Southern California oyster restoration is both viable and valuable. Click HERE to download the report, Planning and Incentivizing Native Olympia Oyster Restoration in Southern California.
As a founding sponsor of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Honda strongly supports this world-class venue for environmental education that welcomes millions of visitors each year. In partnership with the Aquarium, the Honda Marine Science Foundation sponsors forums to search for solutions to the most pressing and complex problems facing the ocean and environment.
The Honda Marine Science Foundation is a sponsor of the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management in Long Beach, California. Hosted by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO), the Summit focuses on coastal restoration, science, and management practice. As part of its sponsorship, the Honda Marine Science Foundation will provide need-based scholarships for students to attend the Summit.
Since 1935, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. The Honda Marine Science Foundation supports Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the nonprofit that provides funding and resources to help the city-run Aquarium meet its mission "to be a trusted resource that inspires exploration, respect and conservation of Southern California marine life."