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Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Accreditation by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA)

Seward, AK - December 17, 2010 - The Alaska SeaLife Center announces that it has been awarded full accreditation by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. AMMPA, founded in 1987 with headquarters in Washington, DC, is an international association representing marine research and education facilities and is dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals.

"Following a formal evaluation and an on-site review of our facilities by independent AMMPA accreditation inspectors in November, the ASLC received word that the evaluation report was exceptional and that we have been formally accepted by the Accreditation Committee and the Alliance Board of Directors," said Brett Long, Husbandry Director and Mammal Curator at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

The ASLC is the only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility and public aquarium in Alaska housing marine mammals.  This accreditation demonstrates the significance of the work being done by the husbandry staff, and reflects the high standards of animal care and research at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

"This accreditation by AMMPA is a major step on our path to better integrate and share knowledge with our global peers.  It is one of our key action steps under our 2020 strategic plan, and represents the culmination of more than a year of effort by many staff," said Dr Ian Dutton, President and CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit research facility and visitor attraction which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems.  For more information please reference the Alaska SeaLife Center website at www.alaskasealife.org.

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