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Worldwide Aquariums and Marine Life Centers

Sustainable Aquarium Keeping

Tropical fish keeping as a hobby can be a wonderful way to appreciate the fascinating creatures that live beneath the waves. But we want to see hobbyists ensure that their reef keeping practices are sustainable. And to do this, we recommend that hobbyists hold their retailers accountable for sustainable and responsible fish trading.

Huge areas of natural reefs have been decimated by the retail tropical fish trade where fish and other marine life were obtained by destructive methods. One of the most destructive practices is poisoning reefs with cyanide or other toxic chemicals to stun the fish so that they can be captured live. The chemical mixture is squirted into reef crevices and the reef is broken apart to harvest the fish. Many of these fish die before or soon after they have been sold. Some estimate up to 80% of fish harvested this way die before they ever make it to a home aquarium. The poison also harms non-targeted species and the live corals.

Mortality of tropical fish before they reach consumers is estimated at up to 80% for a number of reasons including poor capture and husbandry practices, stress, and poor shipping practices (see SPC Live Reef Fish Bulletins for more information). Poor shipping practices of the aquarium trade also needlessly harms wild-caught marine species.

But the ornamental fish trade can be a sustainable industry that can support the livelihoods of indigenous coastal communities as long as these destructive practices are stopped, and fishermen are educated on ways to harvest tropical fish sustainably.

List of Aquariums and Marine Life Centers

The following is a list of the 240 or so marine aquariums/ocean life centers around the world. Please note that this is not an advertisement or endorsement of the captivity of marine life. For many people, public aquariums are the first, if not the only, time that they will see marine life "in person". Therefore we consider public aquariums an important source of public information and support those that practice sustainability (collect or buy marine life from sustainably sources, etc.) and allocate significant resources towards marine conservation projects, research and education (which most, sadly, fail to do at this time). If you represent an aquarium and would like help increasing your involvement in marine conservation projects, research and education, contact us, we'd love to help.

If you know of an aquarium or other facility that keeps marine life for entertainment purposes that we've missed, please email us its name or URL (web address) to

Aquarium of Western Australia
Australian Shark & Ray Centre
Bicheno Sealife Centre
Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre
Melbourne Aquarium
Merimbula Aquarium
National Zoo & Aquarium
Oceanworld Manly
Reef HQ (Great Barrier Reef Aquarium)Reef HQ (Great Barrier Reef Aquarium)
Sea World
Stanley Seaquarium
Sydney Aquarium
The Seahorse Farm
Underwater World

Haus des Meeres

The Dig at Atlantis Paradise Island

Aquatopia (Antwerp)
Sea Life - Blankenberge

Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Huntsman Marine Science Centre Aquarium/Sealab
Pacific Undersea Gardens
Vancouver Aquarium

Ocean Park, Hong Kong
Polar World
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Sun Asia Ocean World

Aquarium Crikvenica

Denmark's Aquarium
Fisheries and Maritime Museum. Saltwater Aquarium Esbjerg
Nordsøen Oceanarium
Randers Regnskov Tropical Zoo and Aquarium
Sea Life - LEGOLAND Billund

Kotka Maretarium
Särkänniemi Aquarium
Sea Life - Helsinki

Aquarium de La Rochelle
Aquarium du Trocadéro
La Cité de la mer
Le Musée de la mer
Ocearium du Croisic
Nausicaa Aquarium: National Sea Center at Boulogne-sur-Mer
Sea Life - Paris

Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum Düsseldorf
Berlin Zoological Garden and Aquarium - Berlin
Ozeaneum - Stralsund
Sea Life - Berlin
Sea Life - Hannover
Sea Life - Königswinter
Sea Life - Konstanz
Sea Life - Munich
Sea Life - Oberhausen
Sea Life - Speyer
Sea Life - Timmendorfer Strand

Aquarium of Rhodes

Tropicarium - Óceanárium

Burger's Zoo (and aquarium)
Emmen Zoo
Sea Life - Scheveningen

Ocean Park

Lahinch Sea World
National Sea Life Centre - Bray

Coral World - The Underwater Observatory Marine Park Eilat

Acquario di Livorno
Acquario di Genova
Aquarium Alghero
Civico Acquario di Milano (Milan Aquarium)
Sea Life - Gardaland
Sea Life - Jesolo
Sea Life - Rome
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn di Napoli
Unione Italiana Giardini Zoologici e Acquari

AquaWorld Oarai
Kamogawa Seaworld
Marine World - Uminonakamichi
Marine Palace - Oita Sea Life Aquarium
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Seoul Ocean Aquarium - Coex Aquarium

The Scientific Center of Kuwait

Liège Aquarium

Lithuanian Sea Museum

Aquaria KLCC
Underwater World Langkawi

Acuario de Veracruz
Zoologico Guadalajara

Musee Oceanographique Monaco

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World
New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium
Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House

Atlantic Sea Park Ålesund Aquarium
Sognefjord Aquarium

Palau International Coral Reef Center

Manila Ocean Park

The Lisbon Oceanarium
Sea Life - Porto
Vasco da Gama Aquarium

Underwater World

East London Aquarium
Two Oceans Aquarium
uShaka Marine World

Aquarium Donostia-San Sebastián
L'Aquárium Barcelona
Palma Aquarium Mallorca
Sea Life - Benalmádena
Zoo and Aquarium of Madrid

Aquaria Water Museum
Kolmarden Tropicarium
Maritime Museum of Gothenburg

National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium

Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium
Siam Ocean World

Anglesey Sea Zoo
Aquarium of Genoa
Aquarium of the Lakes
Blue Planet Aquarium
Blue Reef Aquarium, Bristol
Blue Reef Aquarium, Cornwall
Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings
Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay
Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth
Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth
Bolton Museum Aquarium
Bristol Zoo Gardens Aquarium
Deep Sea World
Lake District Coast Aquarium
Living Coasts - Torquay
Horniman Museum Aquarium
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
Lake District Coast Aquarium
Macduff Aquarium
National Marine Aquarium
Oceanarium: The Bournemouth Aquarium
Rhyl Sea Life Aquarium
St. Andrews Aquarium
Sea Life - Alton Towers
Sea Life - Birmingham
Sea Life - Blackpool
Sea Life - Bray (Eire)
Sea Life - Brighton
Sea Life - Chessington
Sea Life - Great Yarmouth
Sea Life - Gweek
Sea Life - Hunstanton
Sea Life - Loch Lomond (Glasgow)
Sea Life - London Aquarium
Sea Life - Oban
Sea Life - Scarborough
Sea Life - Weymouth Park
Sealife Adventures
The Deep Aquarium
Underwater World at Birdworld
Zoological Society of London Aquarium

Alaska SeaLife Center - AK

Dolphin Island Sea Lab Public Aquarium - AL

Sea Life - Arizona - AZ

Aquarium of the Bay - CA
Aquarium of the Pacific - CA
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Inst. of Oceanography - CA
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - CA
Monterey Bay Aquarium - CAMonterey Bay Aquarium - CA
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium - CA
Sea Life - Carlsbad Aquarium - CA
Seaworld - CA, FL, TX
Steinhart Aquarium - CA

Aquarium Restaurants - CO, TN, TX
Downtown Aquarium - CO

Mystic Aquarium - CT
The Maritime Aquarium - CT

Clearwater Marine Aquarium - FL
Florida Aquarium - FL
Florida's Gulfarium - FL
Key West Aquarium - FL
Miami Seaquarium - FL
Mote Marine Laboratories Aquarium - FL
Pier Aquarium - St. Petersburg, FL

Flint RiverQuarium - GA
Georgia Aquarium - GA
University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium - GA

Maui Ocean Center - HI
Sea Life Park - HI
Waikiki Aquarium - HI

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium - IA

John G. Shedd Aquarium - IL

Newport Aquarium - KY

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - LA

Berkshire Museum - MA
New England Aquarium - MA

National Aquarium in Baltimore - MD

Gulf of Maine Research Institute - ME
Gulf of Maine Research Institute - ME

Detroit Zoological Society - MI

Great Lakes Aquarium - MN
Minnesota Zoo - Discovery Bay - MN
Sea Life - Minnesota - MN
UnderWater World - MN
Underwater Adventures Aquarium - MN

Sea Life - Kansas City Aquarium - MO
St. Louis Zoo - MO
World Aquarium - St. Louis, MO

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium - MS

North Carolina Aquariums: Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island - NC

Aquatic Education Center - NE
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, Scott Aquarium - NE

Adventure Aquarium - NJ
Jenkinson's Aquarium - NJ
Marine Mammal Stranding Center - NJ

Albuquerque (ABQ BioPark) Aquarium - NM

Shark Reef Aquarium - NV

Aquarium of Niagara - NY
Atlantis Marine World Aquarium - NY
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium - NY
New York Aquarium - NY

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - OH

Oklahoma Aquarium - OK

Oregon Coast Aquarium - OR

Adventure Aquarium - PA
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - PA

Ripley's Aquarium - SC
South Carolina Aquarium - SC

Tennessee Aquarium - TN
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies - TN

Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park - TX
Dallas World Aquarium - TX
Moody Gardens Aquarium - TX
San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium - TX
Sea Life - Garpevine Aquarium - TX
Texas State Aquarium - TX

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center - VA

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - WA
Seattle Aquarium - WA

National Aquarium in Washington, D.C.

If you know of an aquarium or other facility that keeps marine life for entertainment purposes that we've missed, please email us its name or URL (web address) to

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