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Aquariums: Some of the Reasons Why They Work So Well

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The number and diversity of aquarium display facilities has grown considerably in the past few years. This is, in part, because the aquarium operating model has allowed a certain economic independence. This article examines the enhanced revenue earning potential of aquariums. It compares aquarium financial factors with zoos and other cultural organizations, which normally require an annual government contribution for operations. As an industry, aquariums have considerable drawing power, are smaller in size when compared to zoos and are efficient to operate. These factors contribute to financial viability—an important element in sustaining modern aquarium's work in public education, research and conservation. As the number and diversity of Aquariums grows, more people are exposed to the underwater world and its many conservation issues. Aquariums do not limit their audience to the experts, they allow anyone to experience and learn about the oceans, rivers and streams of the world. To meet future demands, the financial sustainability of aquariums must be continually strengthened to ensure continued future public awareness.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2001-03-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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