Aquarium Affairs Committee

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

Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium

Vice Chair
Beth Firchau, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Board Liaison
Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong

AZA Staff Liaison
Kris Vehrs

Jackson Andrews, Tennessee Aquarium
Chris Andrews, Ph.D., Sea Life Aquariums
Evan Barniskis, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Michael Boos, SeaWorld Orlando
Bob Davidson, Seattle Aquarium
Brian Davis, Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
Jon Dohlin, New York Aquarium
Brian DuVall, New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences
Michael Fatzinger, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Suzanne Gendron, Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong
Roger Germann, The Florida Aquarium
Jack Jewell, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Kevin Mills, South Carolina Aquarium
Tim Mullican, Georgia Aquarium
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
Tom Schmid, Texas State Aquarium
Dale Schmidt, National Aquarium
Bart Shepherd, Steinhart Aquarium
Peggy Sloan, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Allison Tuttle, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
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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