The Heart of Marine Biodiversity: Saving the Verde Island Passage

September 28, 2016

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL, USA


The area with the most diverse marine life on earth, an area with more documented species than any other place on the planet, is the Verde Island Passage. A ten-mile wide strait in the Philippines, this area lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle, an area in the western Pacific Ocean which includes the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands.

The science behind the discovery of the amazing concentration of marine biodiversity in the Philippines is clear to biologists and non-scientists alike. This global wonder is at risk from numerous threats but conservation effort in the Verde Island Passage showcase the determination to preserve this natural heritage. This program will highlight the discovery of the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity, recent successes in marine conservation in the Verde Island Passage and the need for these efforts to continue.

This presentation will also highlight how the SEA-VIP Institute will use Science, Education, and Advocacy programs to empower local stakeholders to preserve the marine biodiversity resources in the Verde Island Passage.  Come discover the amazing beauty, crucial importance, and delicate fragility of this very important marine corridor.


Program Details

$10 per person. Ticket required for entry. Limited number of tickets available.

5:30 p.m. Doors open, reception begins. One complimentary drink ticket included with each admission

6:30 p.m. Lecture begins

7:30 Guests visit Shedd’s Wild Reef exhibit—included with lecture ticket!

8:30 pm Doors close

The Shedd Aquarium and museum campus is accessible via CTA. Parking will be available in the Field Museum lot (administered by Standard Parking, regular rates apply).

This program will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel, C2ST TV.

Entrance- Please enter through the South Lobby doors. Behind the bus/taxi drop-off circle, you will see a set of stairs. Proceed up these stairs to the South Lobby entrance (next to Stingray Touch). See the attached map for more information.

Parking- Parking is available in the East Lot (see map). Standard Parking rates apply.