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River Museum joins Aquarium Conservation Partnership

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has joined the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP), a first-of-its-kind collaboration of aquariums formed to increase collective impact on ocean and freshwater conservation. The River Museum becomes the 23rd nationally recognized partner to join the ACP, which includes select Association of Zoos and Aquarium partners such as the Shedd Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Florida Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

As a member of ACP, the River Museum is committing to implementing a Conservation Action Agenda, which includes specific goals and outcomes, and a timeline for action. One goal of ACP is to work together to reduce the sources of ocean and freshwater plastic pollution through a mix of consumer, business, and policy strategies.

Other strategies will focus on the following key conservation priorities: increasing protections of important ocean and freshwater ecosystems, improving the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture, and combatting climate change and its impacts on ocean and freshwater ecosystems.

The River Museum began its conservation efforts in 2004, when the organization became a partner in caring for and breeding the endangered Wyoming Toad. Since that time, the River Museum has participated in numerous endangered species initiatives including those with freshwater mussels, Barrens Topminnows, and Florida corals.

In the last few years, the River Museum has expanded its conservation through reducing single-use plastics in food service operations, replacing disposable admission stickers with animal-safe hand stamps, sourcing all seafood sustainably, and composting of select paper materials. Paper materials, such as paper towers, account for 38% of the River Museum’s weekly waste.

“Joining ACP was a formalized commitment and continuation of what was already happening here on campus,” said Jared McGovern, Curator of Conservation Programs. “This partnership allows us to share our collective knowledge and resources, while taking coordinated action on freshwater and marine conservation.”

For more information on the River Museum’s partnership with ACP, contact Jared McGovern, Curator of Conservation Programs, at 563-557-9545 x215 or jmcgovern@rivermuseum.com.

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