Aquarium Affairs Committee

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Aquarium Affairs Committee Vision and Mission


The Aquarium Affairs Committee will serve as a clearinghouse to assist AZA aquarium members in improving their business performance, ensuring the sustainability of their collections and collaborating on global conservation initiatives. 


The mission of the AZA Aquarium Affairs Committee is to create a forum for aquarium leaders to focus on aquarium-wide subjects and advance the professional standards and practices of AZA aquariums. The AAC will consider all matters related to: 

  • Sharing aquatic operating activities and best practices across all areas of aquatic enterprise operations within AZA and collaborating with other associations/NGO’s/groups (i.e. RAW) as appropriate 
  • Conservation and policy initiatives in aquatic habitats and ecosystems 
  • Represent aquarium/aquatic perspective within SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) 
  • Successful integration of SAFE into aquarium operations  
  • Development of strategies to ensure sustainable collections, from fish to marine mammals 
  • Advancing animal welfare initiatives  
  • Unifying the accredited aquatic community and solidifying public support  
  • Providing guidance on AZA board policy related to aquatic issues 
  • Fostering aquarium representation on AZA committees and within conference programming 
  • Promotion of leadership opportunities and initiatives for aquarium personnel 
  • Coordinate with AZA’s Cetacean Task Force 


Roger Germann, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Vice Chair:

Beth Firchau, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Board Liaison:

Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong

AZA Staff Liaison:

Debborah Luke, Ph.D. 


Brad Andrews, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Jackson Andrews, Tennessee Aquarium

Chris Andrews, Ph.D., Sea Life Aquariums

Evan Barniskis, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Michael Boos, SeaWorld Orlando

Steve Coan, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

Bob Davidson, Seattle Aquarium

Brian Davis, Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk

Brian DuVall, New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences

Michael Fatzinger, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

John Frawley, Aquarium of the Bay

Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong

Jim Hekkers, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jack Jewell, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium

Allen Monroe, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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

Edward Parsons, Greensboro Science Center

Mark Penning, BVsc, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tara Reimer, Ph.D., Alaska SeaLife Center

Daryl Richardson, Dallas World Aquarium

Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium

Tom Schmid, Texas State Aquarium

Dale Schmidt, National Aquarium

Bart Shepherd, Steinhart Aquarium

Peggy Sloan, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Doug Warmolts, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Maylon White, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Kenneth Yates, Landry's Downtown Aquarium