The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation

The Florida Aquarium actively participates in and promotes conservation of the natural environment as part of our mission of conservation. Their efforts combine scientific research and animal rescue, rehabilitation and release programs that give needed support to animals in distress or imminent danger, and ecosystems that are faced with both natural and man-made threats. The efforts focus on many areas of conservation which includes the propagation of corals in Florida’s Keys, rescuing endangered sea turtles and threatened river otters, assisting with dolphin and manatee rescues, assessing stress levels in sharks, documenting underwater cultural assets (a.k.a. shipwrecks) and raising awareness of sustainable seafood issues.

Their Center for Conservation is a lead institute that utilizes the expertise of our talented and knowledgeable staff and volunteers who address the challenges that face Florida aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

The Center continuously contributes to field studies assessing and advancing the health of Florida ecosystems, like coral reefs, with a major component of the Center aiming to educate the public on Florida’s critical conservation issues through exhibits and programs at the Aquarium. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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