Aquarium Affairs Committee

Aquarium Affairs Committee Vision and Mission

Vision

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.

Mission

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

Chair
Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium

Vice Chair
Beth Firchau, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

Board Liaison
Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong

AZA Staff Liaison
Kris Vehrs

Members
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
Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong
Jack Jewell, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
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
Cynthia Vernon, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Doug Warmolts, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Maylon White, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Kenneth Yates, Landry's Downtown Aquarium


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