Conservation at the AquariumsIn support of our mission, the North Carolina Aquariums incorporate conservation into daily activities and long-term programs. This also is integral to maintaining accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Collections conservation ensures the health of our captive population. The Aquariums use state-of-the art technology and animal husbandry techniques to maintain and propagate animals on site, reducing collection pressure.Through field conservation, the Aquariums strive to maintain the viability of those same species in the wild. These activities range from research that enhances work by wildlife biologists to plant and animal restoration projects. Sustainable Aquarium operations are those actions the Aquariums take to reduce energy consumption and impacts on the environment.

Research at the Aquariums

The Aquarium setting provides a unique opportunity for scientific research aimed at sustaining and restoring native aquatic animals, plants and their habitats. Veterinary research is carried out in partnership with the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, our partner in caring for Aquarium animals. Applied research projects are often done in coordination with research institutions.


What Is It?

Biodiversity is the variation found in life forms. It can mean the variety of genes found in one fish species, the number of fish species living in one river, or the number of fish species living in all the rivers in North Carolina.

Why Is It Important?

Biodiversity maintains the strength and adaptability of the natural world whether it’s one population of fish or all the plants and animals of the wetland community where the fish lives. Ecosystems are made up of a complex web of interactions among plant and animal species. Reductions in biodiversity generally lower the integrity of the system and could lead to ecological collapse.