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.