During monthly Harborside Chats, New England Aquarium President and CEO Vikki Spruill takes to Facebook Live for a casual conversation with a member of our team.

On May 9, 2019, Vikki sat down with Elizabeth Stephenson, Program Officer of the Marine Conservation Action Fund, a microgranting program that supports conservation leaders across the globe, and visiting MCAF Fellow Anna Oposa, Executive Director and Chief Mermaid at Save Philippine Seas.

MCAF Fellow Anna Oposa diving in our Giant Ocean tank
MCAF Fellow Anna Oposa diving in the Aquarium's Giant Ocean Tank.

These conversations highlight the work of our staff and scientists, tapping into their areas of expertise to better understand current issues and learn how their work reinforces the Aquarium’s mission to protect the blue planet. During their talk, Vikki, Elizabeth, and Anna chatted about the MCAF Fellows program, Anna’s conservation background, and how to inspire the next generation of ocean protectors.

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Harborside Chat with Vikki Spruill: May 2019

Marine Conservation Action Fund

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Ocean conservation leaders are working across the globe to take on the most challenging problems facing the ocean, starting at a local level. Yet, they often lack the support they need to be successful. MCAF aims to ensure these conservation leaders have the financial and professional resources to achieve key ocean conservation gains and the platform to share their work.

Anna Oposa: MCAF Fellow

Anna Oposa


Anna Oposa is the Executive Director and “Chief Mermaid” of Save Philippine Seas, a movement to protect the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources by mobilizing seatizen-led initiatives for collective action and behavior change.