The National Aquarium announced today that the organization has signed a Resolution of Friendship with Aquamarine Fukushima, Marine Science Museum, one of Japan’s leading aquariums. The Resolution of Friendship acknowledges the National Aquarium and Aquamarine Fukushima’s mutual concern for the ocean and their common goals of promoting a greater understanding of the dynamic interactions that exist between marine and terrestrial habitats and promoting responsible stewardship of the world’s oceans.
“The National Aquarium is honored to work with Aquamarine Fukushima in support of our shared vision of protecting and preserving our global waters,” said National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli. “We recognize that our life support system—our ocean—is at risk. Together, the National Aquarium and Aquamarine Fukushima can work together to make real change on behalf of the ocean. By raising public awareness of what people can do to protect aquatic systems worldwide, our institutions can play an important role in securing the future our blue planet.”
Racanelli returned this week from a trip to Japan where he signed the agreement, which allows for the exchange of educational and conservation information, technology, husbandry techniques, aquatic specimens and professional staff. While there, Racanelli toured Aquamarine Fukushima exhibitions and explored Fukushima Prefecture with destinations including Tokyo Sea Life Park, Ueno Zoo and Onahama, Iwaki, an area that suffered severe damage from the tsunami in 2011. He also participated in a symposium titled “Disaster Prevention at the Waterfront.”
Aquamarine Fukushima was built on the theme of “the oceans: what they say about our future on Earth.” The museum strives to present an effective educational experience from which citizens from Fukushima and surrounding areas, including Tokyo, can observe marine habitats depicting the Japanese archipelago. The goal of Aquamarine Fukushima is to raise public awareness of the value of conserving nature and protecting the oceans. For more information about Aquamarine Fukushima, visit www.marine.fks.ed.jp.