- IAF -
MISSION STATEMENT – PURPOSE AND GOALS
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, USA
The 6th IAC declares that public aquariums have a greater role than ever to
play in advancing and promoting global conservation of aquatic ecosystems.
We must work to effect a significant transformation in human behavior to
ensure a sustainable relationship with the earth’s natural ecosystems and
the survival of our civilization as we know it. Toward this end, public
aquariums worldwide should increase their efforts in the following areas:
Focus not only on nature but also on human activities that affect global
Inspire, engage and empower our audiences to become better stewards of
aquatic environments, with special focus on concrete actions that people can
take in their everyday lives
Ensure our institutional management practices are sustainable both
commercially and environmentally.
To be more effective in achieving these results and to ensure we can create
the successful aquarium of the future, a new international organization was
created by consensus of the participants of the 6IAC in Monterey.
To improve worldwide communication among public aquarium professionals in
order to strengthen capacity building, promote sustainable practices and
conserve global aquatic ecosystems.
Goals of the modern aquarium .
Provide the best possible environments in our aquariums.
Raise public awareness about the need for conservation.
Sustain, encourage and participate in global initiatives for species and
Establish coordinated sustainable species programs and participate in
captive breeding with special emphasis on the threatened species.
Provide good guidance in planning and operating aquariums for
Initiate and actively support educational endeavors both within its premises
and in outreach programs.
Welcome, support and conduct scientific research within its premises
Promote technology and expertise exchange among aquariums
Contribute to a free and open flow of information and communicate with
fellow aquarium personnel.
Assist fellow institutions in their efforts in the application of this
To guide the IAF an international founding committee has been formed.
Chair : Paul Van den Sande, Antwerp, Belgium
Vice-Chair : Patrick Garratt, Cape Town, South Africa
Yoshitaka Abe, Onahama, Japan
Yukiko Hori, Fujisawa City, Japan
Itaru Uchida, Nagoya, Japan
John Nightingale, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Julie Packard, Monterey, California, USA
Brad Andrews, Sea World Parks, USA
Jerry Schubel, Long Beach, California, USA
Liang Wang, Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Xianfeng Zhang, Wuhan, People's Republic of China
Wang Liang, Ocean Aquarium
Nadia Ounaїs, Monaco
Jürgen Lange, Berlin, Germany
Philippe Vallette, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Mauro Tambela, Temaiken Aquarium, Argentina