ATLANTA (February 10, 2016) – Georgia Aquarium is aware of a planned protest on Saturday, Feb. 13 in regards to the Taiji dolphin drive fisheries. This centuries-old practice of inhumane slaughter of dolphins and whales in Japan is barbaric and it is time for all drive fisheries to come to an end. Protests aimed at accredited zoos and aquariums are misguided and misinformed in their attacks. Georgia Aquarium is a member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Both these prestigious organizations, and Georgia Aquarium, strongly condemn drive fisheries.

AAMPA policy strictly prohibits any zoological park or aquarium from joining the organization if the facility acquires animals from drive fisheries and current members do not acquire animals from these fisheries.

The mission to stop drive fisheries is resolutely echoed by Georgia Aquarium. AAMPA and AZA members have also urged U.S. government agencies to work with the Japanese government to bring an end to this horrific practice.

Georgia Aquarium and its partners dedicate each and every day to providing exceptional care to dolphins, whales and other marine animals. Georgia Aquarium also conducts revolutionary research on dolphins and other marine animals including its Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA).  In addition to HERA, The Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station (GACFS) is dedicated to rescue and recovery efforts of large marine life in the waters of north Florida as well as research and community outreach. GACFS is a member of the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which allows the Station to work with a variety of agencies in response to large animal strandings or distress calls.

Georgia Aquarium is committed to bringing all groups truthful and factual information about aquatic animals and honors that commitment every day.

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Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org