On January 10, 2010, the Marine Aquarium Council received a letter from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) supporting our goal of establishing a marine-related system of standards and certification to support the sustainability of the ornamental marine fish trade. The AZA strongly supports the development of our proposed system of standards and certification, a system that will provide much-needed assistance to AZA-accredited member aquariums and zoos in achieving their shared conservation goals and sustainability targets. Members of the AZA display over 2,500 species of marine fishes and invertebrates in science-based, education exhibits. The 221 AZA-accredited institutions serve an annual audience of over 180 million visitors, engaging them in informal science learning experiences.
The Marine Aquarium Council will continue to partner with world-class organizations like the AZA to ensure that collection methods, holding facilities, and importers used to obtain and transport specimens are properly monitored and managed. You may click here to view a copy of the AZA support letter sent to the Marine Aquarium Council.