• Our Priority Issues

    ACP aquariums work together to advance the following conservation goals:

    Protect ocean and freshwater ecosystems and wildlife.
    Improve the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture.
    Combat climate change and its impact on ocean and freshwater ecosystems.
    Reduce the sources of plastic pollution in ocean and freshwater ecosystems.

Wildlife & Ecosystem Protection


Marine Protected Areas make up less than 3% of our global ocean.

The Issue

Ocean health is declining due to a variety of human activities such as wastewater and agricultural pollution and overfishing. Protecting and conserving our ocean through more effective wildlife protection policies and marine protected areas (MPAs) is an effective way to protect the biodiversity of animals and plants in the ocean and their habitats and increase their long-term resilience to climate change.

What We Do

ACP promotes and defends protections for U.S. ocean and freshwater ecosystems and wildlife by coordinating strategic policy engagement by aquariums and our audiences. Together, we have the power to amplify actions to protect a wide range of wildlife and ecosystems, from coral reefs and coastal wetlands to inland rivers and streams.

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Fisheries & Aquaculture


18% of commercial fish stocks in the U.S. are listed as overfished.

The Issue

Today, increasing demand for sustainable seafood by consumers and businesses is helping to improve the health of fisheries and aquaculture around the world. Aquariums and our seafood partners, including restaurants and chefs, are unique and powerful voices to advancing policies that accelerate this shift toward more sustainable seafood.

What We Do

ACP member aquariums work together to support strong, science-based, U.S. fisheries policies to improve the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture.

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Climate Change


If we don’t make changes now, the ocean will become 150% more acidic by 2100.

The Issue

For decades, the world’s ocean has been “taking the heat” for climate change, absorbing over 90% of the excess heat and nearly a third of the carbon dioxide generated from greenhouse gas emissions. The result is an ocean that is warmer, more acidic, starved of oxygen, and less habitable for fish and marine wildlife. The impacts are equally as serious in freshwater ecosystems.

What We Do

ACP aquariums work to address the root causes of climate change and the impacts it is having on ocean and freshwater life and ecosystems. We promote strong, science-based ocean climate action at both the state and federal level by coordinating strategic policy engagement by aquariums and our audiences.

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Plastic


½ of all sea turtles on the planet have ingested plastic.

The Issue

As plastic production continues to rise, so does the amount of plastic pollution in our ocean, rivers, lakes and streams. This plastic is impacting hundreds of species of wildlife and threatening entire aquatic ecosystems.

What We Do

ACP builds action campaigns that showcase aquarium leadership and increases consumer awareness of the problem and need for change. ACP aquariums also lead policy action at the local and state level, and model business action by reducing single-use plastic in our operations.

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ACP Plastic Campaign