We strive to not only inspire our guests on the wonders of the natural world, but also to educate them on ways they can help maintain the beauty of our planet’s diverse ecosystems. We are proud to have so many partners who share our vision for both environmental responsibility & education.
We Support Conservation Efforts
The Rio Negro (“Black River”) is the largest tributary of the Amazon River, and holds one of the biggest keys to its ecosystem health: the cardinal tetra. A community-based project called “Project Piaba” fosters and promotes the wild-caught fishery and market for these colorful fish to ensure the survival of the environment and the people who call it home. Wild-Caught Cardinal tetras are common in the pet trade, and are safely harvested to be sold in pet stores all over the world. Every wild-caught fish that is purchased ultimately benefits resident fishing communities and environment along the Rio Negro. They provide the community with a source of income, educational opportunities for students and a sustainable way to benefit the Amazon Rainforest.
We Support Captive Breeding Programs
Proaquatix provides an alternative to wild-caught fish, which helps to reduce human impact on ocean reef ecosystems, thus supporting reef conservation and the future of marine aquarium keeping.
Seahorse Source is a small family run micro hatchery for seahorses. By providing captive bred seahorses they are also able to play a small role in promoting seahorse conservation. High quality captive bred seahorses are easier to care for in the aquarium environment, and their ready availability reduces the demand for wild caught specimens.
We Support Sustainable Seafood
Marine Stewardship Council
The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.
Monterey Bay Seafood Watch® Program
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. Seafood Watch® works to advance policies to end illegal and unregulated fishing, create partnerships with fishermen and organizations, and educate consumers on sustainable choices!
Stop by Via Aquarium to pick up a Seafood Watch® pocket guide to learn more about how you can make sustainable seafood choices!