MYSTIC AQUARIUM & ATLANTIC MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR LONG ISLAND SOUND CONSERVATION
Mystic, Conn. (November 1, 2017): With a shared interest in conservation of the ocean environment and a common bond for stewardship of marine resources, Mystic Aquarium and Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote conservation within Long Island Sound. The purpose of this agreement is to combine resources and expand collaboration with the goal of having a strong, positive and prolonged impact on the health of the entire Long Island Sound.
“Our organizations are committed to working in support of scientific collaboration, joint conservation endeavors, educational programming and public outreach with the goal of protecting all of Long Island Sound today and for future generations,” said Dr. Allison Tuttle, Vice President of Biological Programs at Mystic Aquarium.
As part of this cooperative effort, Mystic Aquarium and AMCS will engage in scientific endeavors related to marine mammal and sea turtle populations within the Long Island Sound and the local marine environment. Together the organizations will work jointly in the promotion of marine conservation on both sides of Long Island Sound with the ultimate goal of counteracting the effects of marine debris.
“Partnerships are essential to the work we do,” said Robert DiGiovanni, Jr., Chief Scientist and Founder of AMCS. “Promoting conservation of the marine environment is a community effort, and we look forward to this partnership with Mystic Aquarium to protect the marine environment and its inhabitants.”
With education being central to the success of ocean conservation, together Mystic Aquarium and AMCS will actively engage in the education of school-aged children through formal programming as well as influencing ocean stewardship through public outreach. Collaborative internship programs are also expected to have a strong and lasting impact on the overall and far-reaching goals.
Additionally, this collaboration will allow for enhancements in the areas of animal rescue, rehabilitation and conservation by developing a large whale stranding response and formal Incident Command System (ICS) response for stranding events within the Long Island Sound. By combining resources, Mystic Aquarium and AMCS will expand post rehabilitation tagging projects and data analysis.
Similar missions in marine conservation by both Mystic Aquarium and AMCS that are solidly grounded in education and steadfastly pursued makes this a strong and prolific partnership.
ABOUT MYSTIC AQUARIUM
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.
ABOUT ATLANTIC MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society promotes conservation of the marine environment through action. This mission is accomplished through beach cleanups and monitoring with the community, conducting surveys, necropsies, and stranding investigation, and conducting health assessments in the ecosystem. AMCS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and a proud member of the stranding network.