December 10, 2018

Tennessee Aquarium Has Become Conservation Force

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – As the Tennessee Aquarium marks its 20th anniversary, it has become a major force for conservation. But it didn’t start out that way.

Jackson Andrews, director of husbandry and operations, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that when the aquarium opened its focus was as a tourist attraction and an economic engine.

In 1996, the aquarium opened its Conservation Institute with a mission of restoring native aquatic animals and their habitats. It also helps people learn to keep the water clean.

Since then, the Aquarium has raised and released at least 11 species of endangered fish into regional streams