The Nest was Found on Sand Key Beach on May 5th

cmalogoClearwater, Fla. (July 1, 2011) –Loggerhead hatchlings made their way to the water last night marking the beginning of an important time at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA). Staff and volunteers have located 60 nests so far this season, which is up from 44 nests last year at this time. The first nest hatched on July 14th last year. Once the hatchlings make their way out of the shell they head toward the light of the horizon. Once they reach the water, approximately 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will make it to adulthood.

CMA oversees sea turtle nesting on 26 miles of Pinellas County beaches, locating and protecting nests and ensuring the hatchlings make their way into the gulf. During the night, from May through September, the 350-pound female Loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to deposit their eggs. Over the last four years, CMA has helped more than 35,000 hatchlings make their way into the Gulf. In 2010, 119 nests were located on Pinellas County beaches, the first being found on May 24. Over 200 volunteers help with the nesting program.

Here are some sea turtle safety reminders:

• Do turn off outside lights, draw drapes and avoid using flashlights or fishing lamps on the beach from May 1 to October 31.

• Do Not harass adult turtles as they make their way back to sea. They may appear slow or hesitant and this is normal.

• If you see an adult turtle, Do Not approach, make noises, shine lights or use photo equipment with a flash.

• Do Not pick up hatchlings heading toward the water.

If you have concerns about nesting turtles or hatchlings seen on the beach, contact CMA’s sea turtle department at 717-441-1790 x 224 and leave a detailed message expressing your concern.

Left to Right – CMA Board Chairman John Draheim, City of Clearwater Council Member Paul Gibson, Mayor of Clearwater Frank Hibbard, Honorary Ride the Wave Chairman Herb Brown, CMA Board Member and Restaurateur Frank Chivas, Progress Energy Community Relations Manager Melissa Seixas, BB&T Senior Vice President Chip Faulk, Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO David Yates
Left to Right – CMA Board Chairman John Draheim, City of Clearwater Council Member Paul Gibson, Mayor of Clearwater Frank Hibbard, Honorary Ride the Wave Chairman Herb Brown, CMA Board Member and Restaurateur Frank Chivas, Progress Energy Community Relations Manager Melissa Seixas, BB&T Senior Vice President Chip Faulk, Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO David Yates

Renovations will triple resident dolphin space & double sea turtle rehab capacity

Clearwater, FL (June 10, 2011) – Surrounded by dignitaries and supporters, CMA embarked upon a $12 Million campaign to expand the current facility rapidly, before the release of Dolphin Tale. The growth will provide CMA the opportunity to host thousands of visitors, allowing CMA to educate each one about the marine environment and the animals that call our waterways home.

New features include:

• Doubling the sea turtle rehabilitation capacity

• New 1.4 million gallon Dolphin Pool Complex with stadium seating

• Enhanced surgical facilities

• Educational exhibits and signage

• Expanded viewing areas and lobby

• Education enhancements with additional classroom space

• Multi-level parking garage and lot

CEO of Clearwater MArine Aquarium-David Yates

Today’s speakers included Campaign Supporter and Mayor of the City of Clearwater, Frank Hibbard, Honorary Capital Campaign Chair, Herb Brown, CMA’s CEO, David Yates, CMA Board Chair, John Draheim, and Board Member and local restaurateur, Frank Chivas.

The public can become involved in many ways, including through the newest opportunity, Winter’s Path. Personalized paver stones, which will surround the new facility, are currently available for purchase for as little as $100 each. This striking design element will also allow the public a permanent way to show their support of CMA’s mission of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of marine animals.

CMA Senior StaffClearwater, FL (December 2, 2010) – The Tampa Bay Business Journal luncheon was held today at the TPepn’s Hospitality Centre where the finalists in the 2010 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Ultimate Management Team Awards were recognized. Clearwater Marine Aquarium came out on top. The judging was based on management performance in categories such as job growth, job retention, year over year financial performance, expansion plans realized, external branding, creative problem solving, and community involvement, all of which CMA has realized this year despite a depressed economy and the gulf oil spill. The nominated teams represent the best and the brightest executive management teams in the entire Tampa Bay area. Among the finalists were Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Fifth Third Bank, Sykes Enterprises and Tech Data. A complete list of finalists can be found at http://www2.bizjournals.com/tampabay/event/14771.

“We are proud of our team’s accomplishments this year and look forward to teamwork and collaboration over the course of 2011 when Dolphin Tale is released worldwide,” says David Yates, CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium. “We are thankful to be recognized among such an accomplished group of professionals.”

About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release, and environmental education. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. A movie, Dolphin Tale, about her life story is currently being filmed with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment and will star Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd. Her documentary, “Winter: The Dolphin that Could” is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again in October 2009.

About Clearwater Marine Aquarium:


Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release, and environmental education. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world. A movie, Dolphin Tale, about her life story is currently being filmed with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment and will star Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd. Her documentary, “Winter: The Dolphin that Could” is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again in October 2009.

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It was announced this week that CMA was awarded a MarCom Award for their display at Westfield Countryside Mall. The over- 1,500 square foot display around the ice rink was recognized with a Gold Award in the Ads, Mall, Airport, Station category.

The space has been donated by Westfield Countryside Mall and CMA has since focused on creating a unique, fun and educational advertising space with the use of many elements including a 1,500 square foot bulkhead wrap, freestanding displays throughout the mall, an over-300 square foot food court wall wrap, a 15 foot “Winter” replica over the ice rink chalet and banner signs that cover the elevator shaft.

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“I am excited that our design was chosen out of such a large number of entries and I am thrilled with the final result of the design,” states Rebecca Snowden, the Director of Art and Design at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

About the Marcom Award:

There were almost 5,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2010 competition. MarCom entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. The competition is so well respected in the industry that national public relations organizations, local ad clubs, and local business communicator chapters are entrants.

MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international organization consists of several thousand creative professionals. The Association oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards for excellence.