Founded in 1987, the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) is a trade association dedicated to supporting public display facilities, education, scientific research, and to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals in the wild. It is, in essence, a voluntary professional international body committed to protecting animal welfare, which has appointed itself as the accrediting institution for marine parks, aquariums, zoos and research establishments. To become an accredited member of the Alliance, facilities must meet or exceed its Standards & Guidelines, which apply to the care of all marine mammals, including dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea otters, manatees, whales (particularly killer), walrus and polar bears.
AMMPA regularly finds itself on the receiving end of animal rights campaigners’ criticisms. For example, in 2019 the Animal Welfare Institute co-authored, with World Animal Protection, the fifth edition of THE CASE AGAINST Marine Mammals in Captivity.
AMMPA is, however, hostile to fishing communities in Japan, Faroe Islands and other countries that participate in so-called dolphin and whale drive hunts. It says captive facilities should not purchase wild dolphins captured from these sources. The AMMPA’s Brussels office is active in CITES, the Convention on Biological Diversity, (CBD), and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).
President & C.E.O, Kathleen Dezio.
Self-governing membership-based professional organization.