World leaders in conservation

David Cooper to address world leaders in conservation.


Certificate in Aquatic Studies special projects manager David Cooper to address world leaders in conservation.

Certificate in Aquatic Studies special projects manager David Cooper heads off to Chester, England, in November to speak at a symposium of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in conjunction with the venerated Zoological Society London.

Also represented, and no doubt listening very carefully to what David has to say, will be the Freshwater Fish Conservation Group of the IUCN – the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – an environmental protection arm of the United Nations. The IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

David will be talking about the in-situ and ex-situ (in the wild and in zoos and aquariums) conservation of fresh water fish conservation and primarily the breeding of NZ native freshwater fish for the ornamental fish trade and aquaculture purposes. He’ll be telling them about the ground breaking work at Mahurangi Tech with breeding eels, Giant Kokopu and other native fish projects.