Aquarium Affairs Committee

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Aquarium Affairs Committee Mission

The mission of the AZA Aquarium Affairs Committee is to create a forum for aquarium leaders to advance the professional standards and practices of AZA aquariums through

  • Guidance and advocacy for AZA board policy related to aquatic issues
  • Reinforcement of the importance of aquariums as centers for marine education and conservation
  • Promotion of leadership opportunities and initiatives for aquarium personnel
  • Support and promotion of strategies to ensure sustainable collections, including aquatic TAGs, SSPs and managed programs
  • Exchange of best practices and strategies within and beyond the AZA aquarium community
  • Identification and recruitment of qualified aquariums for institutional membership.

Chair and Board Liaison:

Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium

Vice Chairs:

John Frawley, Aquarium of the Bay
Karyn Kearney, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

AZA Staff Liaisons:

Debborah Luke, Ph.D. 


Brad Andrews, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Jackson Andrews, Tennessee Aquarium

Chris Andrews, Ph.D., Sea Life Aquariums

Steve Coan, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

Brian DuVall, New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences

Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong

Roger Germann, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Jim Hekkers, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jack Jewell, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Tara Jones, Ph.D., Alaska SeaLife Center

David Kimmel, Georgia Aquarium

Allen Monroe, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

John Nightingale, Ph.D., Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center

Mark Penning, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Daryl Richardson, Dallas World Aquarium

Tom Schmid, Texas State Aquarium

Bart Shepherd, Steinhart Aquarium

Kathy Sher, National Aquarium in Baltimore

Peggy Sloan, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Doug Warmolts, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Maylon White, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island