Monterey Bay Aquarium to receive Conservation Award

Date: 2017/09/14


in recognition of their commitment to ocean protection and public awareness


Monterey Bay Aquarium to be honoured with WAZA Conservation Award


The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) will honour the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s commitment to ocean protection and public awareness with the WAZA Conservation Award at the 72nd WAZA Annual Conference in Berlin, in October.


The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Conservation and Science programs tackle some of the most critical issues affecting ocean health, including pollution, plastic and illegal fishing. The aquarium brings decades of expertise and relationships in ocean science, policy and markets to the task, and it’s a trusted source of ocean information to make a difference globally – among policymakers, the business community and with individuals.


Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch® program is widely regarded as the leader in monitoring sustainably sourced fish, and helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that's caught or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean.


Monterey Bay Aquarium was established in 1984 on the site of a former sardine processing plant along Cannery Row, and receives around two million visitors each year. Monterey Bay Aquarium displays more than 600 species of aquatic life, and benefits from a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay.  


The WAZA Conservation Award recognizes outstanding conservation efforts, long-term programmatic support commitments, and leadership within the global zoo and aquarium community. Winners are decided by the WAZA Conservation and Sustainability Committee, chaired by Dr. Manfred Niekisch of the Frankfurt Zoo.


Dr. Niekisch, said: “We have chosen Monterey Bay Aquarium to receive the WAZA Conservation award as they rely on scientific research to ensure safe collection and handling of exhibit animals; to provide clean, high-quality sea water to their exhibits and to accurately assess the sustainability of fisheries. Whilst, their Ocean Conservation Policy Program aims to inspire and inform government decision makers to take science-based action on behalf of ocean health.


“And finally, they ran a very successful and effective campaign in 2016, encouraging the protection of marine species.”


The 72nd WAZA Annual Conference will take place at the Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm Hotel from 15 to 19 October and is hosted by the three facilities that comprise the Zoologischer Garten AG: Zoo Berlin, Aquarium Berlin and Tierpark Berlin. For further information, a detailed programme or to register please visit


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