AQUARIUMS AGAINST LITTER
AQUARIUMS JOIN FORCES - This diver shows us where to see more about this international effort to raise awareness about single use and other plastics.
OCEAN COMMISSIONER - Commissioner Karmenu Vella is quoted as saying that "The world's aquariums are like a TV screen into the ocean. By showing the shocking reality of marine litter, aquariums have decided to become the 'breaking news' of our Ocean. By this action we hope to avoid that they become the ocean's history channel".
10 million tonnes of litter are dumped in our seas every year. By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in their waters. Aquariums, as ambassadors of the sea, are the ideal partners to raise awareness about this growing problem and call on citizens, businesses and administrations alike to take action. Over 60 aquariums around the world have already joined this European Commission initiative – and still more are coming on board.
We can all act, individually and collectively. Whilst designed to shock the visitors, the campaign also offers concrete solutions to prevent and fight marine litter, in particular by promoting a circular economy approach.
Marine Pollution in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans is one of the six main themes of the forthcoming Our Ocean, An Ocean for Life conference (Malta, 5-6 October). During this high-level event global ocean leaders will put forward their commitments to protect the oceans. 2017 is bound to go down in history as the year of ocean mobilisation.
The following aquariums have already enthusiastically confirmed their participation:
- Belgium: Zoo Antwerpen
- China: Ocean Park (Hong Kong)
- Denmark: Den Blå Planet
- Ireland: Galway Atlantaquaria
- Malta: Malta National Aquarium
- Monaco: Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
- Norway: Bergen Aquarium
- Poland: Gdynia Aquarium
- South Africa : Two Oceans Aquarium (Cape Town)
The aquariums of Madrid,
- Sweden: Gothenburg Maritime Museum and Aquarium
- United Kingdom:
The Deep (Hull),
- USA: Georgia Aquarium
Vietnam: Museum of Oceanography in Nha Trang
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the "umbrella" organisation for the world zoo and aquarium community. Its mission is to provide leadership and support for zoos, aquariums, and partner organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, conservation of biodiversity, environmental education and global sustainability.
The organisation is based in Gland, Switzerland.
The Strategy is aimed at all zoos and aquariums, however large or small, however rich or poor, and not just those that are members of WAZA. The Strategy provides a common philosophy for zoos and aquariums across the globe and defines the standards and policies that are necessary to achieve their goals in conservation. The 2005 Strategy will be of use and interest not to only zoo and aquarium people but to anyone concerned with biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The document begins with a supportive foreword from the Director General of The World Conservation Union (IUCN), and a preface by the President of WAZA and by the Chair of the WAZA Conservation Committee, that set out the genesis and production of the Strategy. The document comprises nine chapters, with each chapter having a summary, a vision statement, a main text, conclusions, and a series of recommendations. This Strategy will be used by individual zoos and aquariums, by national and regional associations, and by WAZA itself, as the basis for the development of action plans for the implementation of the recommendations.
In 2009, the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy (WZACS) was especially implemented for the international aquarium community in the document entitled Turning the Tide: A Global Aquarium Strategy for Conservation and Sustainability.
WHAT SIZE IS AN AQUARIUM ?
An aquarium can range from a small glass bowl containing less than 1 litre (2.1 US pt) of
water to immense public aquaria that house entire ecosystems such as kelp forests. Relatively large home aquaria resist rapid fluctuations of temperature and pH, allowing for greater system
stability. Beginner aquarists are advised to consider larger tanks to begin with, as controlling water parameters in smaller tanks can prove difficult.
U.S. Embassy Copenhagen: Bo Gregersen, GregersenBX@state.gov
European Commission: Iris Petsa, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Aquarium of Denmark: Tony Jørgensen, email@example.com
Plastic Change: Lisbeth Engbo, firstname.lastname@example.org
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