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Conservation Constellations: Aquariums in Aquatic Conservation Networks

Conservation Constellations: Aquariums in Aquatic Conservation Networks

Chapter:
(p.90) Chapter Seven Conservation Constellations: Aquariums in Aquatic Conservation Networks
Source:
The Ark and Beyond
Author(s):
Samantha Muka
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226538631.003.0008

Conservation initiatives at public aquariums are performed via a large network of participants. Aquariums work with government organizations, academic institutions, and the general public to enact these initiatives. However, it is difficult to analyze the role of aquariums in conservation while focusing on these larger networks; the diversity of conservation goals is only outpaced by the diversity of aquariums and their work within them. This chapter looks at the history and current practice of conservation at public aquariums in the United States by tracing the history of three separate conservation constellations; that is, it analyzes the role of aquariums, both large and small, in three specific conservation initiatives including those of game fish, ornamental fish, and marine mammals. By tracing these smaller initiatives in the larger conservation network, the chapter shows the variable nature of conservation at aquariums based on the resources and geographical location of each institution.

Keywords:   aquarium, network, constellation, conservation, game fish, ornamental fish, marine mammals

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