Aquatic Collections Sustainability Committee


The Aquatic Collections Sustainability Committee (ACSC) guides our members in making ethical and responsible management decisions to assure thriving, sustainable, aquatic populations.


Through its five strategic goals (ethical acquisition, animal welfare and longevity, sustainable management, larval programs, and communication), the ACSC hopes to get an overview of what is involved in truly sustainable aquatic collections.

Guiding Principles


  • Meet the needs of today and the needs of the future
  • Renewable and not harmful to the resource
  • Adaptive and responsive to changes in the environment


  • Assure humane acquisition and exceptional care throughout the life of an animal
  • Avoid adverse impacts to habitats, organisms or human communities
  • Contribute to human livelihoods


  • In compliance with laws & treaties
  • Engage in wise acquisition choices, based on the resources and expertise available
  • Be culturally sensitive


Michael Fatzinger, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Bart Shepherd, Steinhart Aquarium

Paul Anderson, Coral Reef Aquarium Fisheries Campaign and Mystic Aquarium
Barbara Bailey, New England Aquarium
Tim Carpenter, Seattle Aquarium
Leigh Clayton, New England Aquarium
Kevin Curlee, The Seas
Michael Fatzinger, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Jay Hemdal, Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Jack Jewell, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Rob Jones, The Aquarium Vet
Tim Lyons, New Mexico BioPark Society Inc.
George Parsons, John G. Shedd Aquarium
Linda Penfold, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation
Andrew Pulver, National Aquarium
Andrew Rhyne, New England Aquarium
Bart Shepherd, Steinhart Aquarium
Aaron Sprowl, Nuevo Acuario Mazatlan
Marcus Zevalkink, John Ball Zoo
David Cochran, Mystic Aquarium
Marie Collins, SEA LIFE - Merlin
Kylie Lev, California Academy of Science
Rachel Stein, The Maritime Aquarium
Christopher Coco, Georgia Aquarium

Chris Dold, DVM, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Board Liaison
Adrienne Rowland, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

AZA Staff Liaisons
Megan Brown, Ph.D.
Candice Dorsey, Ph.D.

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