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Alaska SeaLife Center Announces AZA Accreditation


Seward, Alaska (September 19, 2016) – The Alaska SeaLife Center is pleased to announce that it has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  

“Earning this accreditation means that the Alaska SeaLife Center, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, meets the highest standards for providing quality care to wildlife, as well as its commitment to protecting the future of arctic and sub-arctic animal species,” said Tara Riemer, President & CEO. “Over the past 18-years, the Alaska SeaLife Center has risen to international prominence for its scientific research, wildlife response, and education programs – and most recently for our cutting edge green technology. In acknowledging this achievement, we wish to thank the thousands of Alaskans who continue to support the Center through visits, charitable contributions and numerous partnerships.” 

To be accredited, the Alaska SeaLife Center underwent a thorough review to assure it has and will continue to meet rising AZA standards, which include animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.   

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, including animal care and welfare; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas. Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.   

“I am especially proud of our staff team and their dedication to maintaining these high standards,” said Riemer.  

The photo in the AZA news release shows the ASLC team that participated in the accreditation hearing holding the certificate of accreditation, and includes (left to right) Brett Long, Husbandry Director; Lisa Hartman, Husbandry Manager; Tara Riemer, President and CEO; Chip Arnold, Operations Director. Please email for a high resolution image.  

About the ASLC: Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and public aquarium. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit www.alaskasealife.org.


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