Association of Zoos and Aquariums Hails Incoming NOAA Administrator

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today commended President-elect Obama's choice of Dr. Jane Lubchenco to be the incoming Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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AZA-accredited aquariums have worked closely with Dr. Lubchenco and have tremendous respect for her scientific achievements.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today commended President-elect Obama's choice of Dr. Jane Lubchenco to be the incoming Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"Dr. Lubchenco is a well-respected and distinguished scientist and a passionate advocate for marine conservation," said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. "AZA-accredited aquariums have worked closely with Dr. Lubchenco and have tremendous respect for her scientific achievements."

AZA member institutions play a critical role in the conservation of marine species in their natural habitats through the broad-based environmental education and conservation research activities.

"We salute Dr. Lubchenco and look forward to working with her in her new role," added Maddy. "NOAA and AZA-accredited aquariums will continue to work together to conserve our oceans and marine resources."

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more, visit http://www.aza.org.

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Steve Feldman, 301.562.0777 ext.252
Jackie Marks 301.562.0777 ext. 236
Courtney Jordan, 301.562.0777 ext. 235

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