The Bay Institute, a respected nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to restoring the ecosystems of San Francisco Bay, is raising funds to acquire the Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39. Acquiring the Aquarium of the Bay would enable The Bay Institute to establish a public hub for scientific education about San Francisco Bay. Net revenue from the Aquarium will support critical research on the health of the Bay. The Bay Institute would make the educational programs accessible to all Bay Area children and provide hands-on experiences to connect children to science and marine life. Renowned for its pioneering research on the health of San Francisco Bay, The Bay Institute is uniquely qualified to strengthen the Aquarium as an educational and scientific resource serving the people of the Bay Area. Currently, there is no such showcase for the Bay's rich natural history or the landmark efforts that are bringing the Bay back to life. Linking these two organizations represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.