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AZA Honors CMA

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium received the 2010 Edward H. Bean Award for Significant Achievement from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for its propagation program of garibaldi fish. Aquarium Director Mike Schaadt and Research Curator Dr. Kiersten Darrow accepted the award at the 2010 AZA conference held this month in Houston, Texas, where more than 1,700 AZA members were in attendance.

"Winning the Bean Award is thrilling and is important recognition for the years of hard work CMA staff and volunteers have invested in raising garibaldi," said Schaadt. "This is a fish with a long, rich history at CMA. The garibaldi project involved many individuals, multiple departments, as well as several separate projects and studies all leading to our ability to share baby garibaldi with other aquariums and zoos."

Under Darrow's supervision, Aquatic Nursery staff developed a system for successfully growing baby garibaldi from eggs, qualifying CMA to apply for and win this prestigious award. This achievement also prevents garibaldi from being taken from their natural ocean habitat.

The Edward H. Bean Award is a historic award within AZA, established in 1956. It originated as recognition for the most significant birth or hatching of a species and/or subspecies. Later it also began to recognize propagation or management programs as first births/hatchings became less frequent and collection management focused increasingly on long-term programs and commitments. With this evolution in mind, it is now awarded for propagation or management programs that contribute to the reproductive success of one or more species and/or subspecies. 

Previous years' winners have included such aquariums as Chicago's Shedd, Monterey Bay, Vancouver, and Waikiki, as well as zoos and other institutions like SeaWorld San Diego, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Chicago Zoological Society and Audubon. 

AZA is a network of 6,000 committed zoo and aquarium professionals, organizations and suppliers world-wide, that accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is proud to be a fully-accredited member and to have previously won the AZA's Munson Aquatic Conservation Exhibitry Award for the Exploration Center and the Aquatic Nursery.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Free Aquarium and tidepool tours are offered to over 150,000 school children and over 300,000 visitors annually. The Aquarium’s staff of scientists, educators, support professionals and volunteers work to increase public awareness, education and concern for the marine environment. Recognized as one of the best teaching aquariums in the world, CMA has a 75-year record of innovation and excellence as an important educational resource for the residents and visitors of Los Angeles.

Post Date: Monday, September 27, 2010


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