Our Commitment to Conservation
Here at SEA LIFE, we care deeply about our oceans and all of the creatures that live above and beneath the surface. We also care deeply about those creatures that we are lucky enough to have in our care. We are experts in husbandry and will only keep creatures that we know will thrive in the displays that we create for them.
We are campaigners and activists, doing all we can to preserve the precious life that dwells in our oceans. Along with the practical breeding, homing, rescue and rehabilitation of ocean dwelling creatures, we also petition governments, host conferences and help raise awareness of all kinds of important marine issues.
Protection of Turtles
A SEA LIFE fund raising campaign has enabled a new Sea Turtle Rescue and Wildlife Information Centre to be built on the Greek island of Zakynthos because 90% of the Loggerhead Turtle nests in the Mediterranean are found here. Until the centre was built, any adult turtle that was injured in a collision with a pleasure craft or through entanglement in fishing gear around the island (of which there are many) could only be treated at a centre in Athens, a day’s travel away.
Working with other Groups
We are proud to work alongside many important environmental groups. These include: Greenpeace; The Marine Conservation Society; The Shark Trust; The Isle of Man Basking Shark Survey; The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society; The Wildlife Trust; the Worldwide Fund for Nature and others.
We have financed vital field projects and have hosted exhibitions, fund-raising events and press conferences to help wildlife charities draw attention to particular marine conservation issues.
We have helped fishery research by supplying mature shoaling species of Seahorses for tagging and release.
We also carry out shark tagging at many of our centres. This work helps researchers to understand how habitat changes have affected the shark's lives. Our staff at Blackpool carries out target training to begin to understand how different shark species react to color and shapes underwater. This valuable research will aid the understanding of movements of sharks in the wild.
Education & Awareness
We attract over ten million visitors every year. This gives us a unique opportunity to increase awareness of, and support for, a wide range of marine conservation issues. We do this by placing an emphasis on environmental concerns wherever possible.
We also organize and host high profile conferences and events to attract the attention of the industry, media and general public. This has included an International Shark Conference in the UK at the National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham.
These events cover marine issues ranging from the controversial Alaskan seal cull to shark finning, whaling and the erosion of coral reefs.
You can get involved too. Find out more during your visit to SEA LIFE.