The Florida Aquarium actively participates in and promotes conservation of the natural environment as part of our own organizational mission of conservation. Our efforts combine scientific research and animal rehabilitation programs that give needed support to animals in distress or imminent danger, and ecosystems that are faced with both natural and man-made threats.
Our efforts focus on many areas of conservation, but is not limited to propagating 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.
The Center for Conservation is a lead institute addressing the challenges facing Florida aquatic ecosystems, utilizing the expertise of The Florida Aquarium's staff and volunteers.
The Center contributes continuously to field studies assessing and advancing the health of Florida ecosystems.
A major component of the Center is educating the public on Florida's critical conservation issues through exhibits and programming at the Aquarium.
Through a unique cooperative partnership with the University of Florida the Center for Conservation is working to solve key conservation issues focusing on coral, sea turtles and the ecosystems they depend upon.