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The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of MAC; to address and take action on key issues affecting the organization, a formal meeting is held on an annual basis, along with regular and special meetings scheduled throughout the year.

According to the bylaws, the majority of the MAC Board must be comprised of Non-Industry Directors, representing those involved in scientific and/or educational endeavors, such as environmental organizations, public aquaria, zoos, research institutions, and the like. The remainder of the MAC Board is comprised of Industry Directors, who represent those involved in the collection and care of marine organisms, including collectors, producers, exporters, importers, retailers, trade associations, and others.

Together, this multi-stakeholder group strives to keep the MAC certification system and underlying standards balanced between the realities of the trade and the pressures from scientific requirements to ensure repopulation of requirements of our natural ecosystems. The guidance of our current Board members helps ensure that MAC Certification Systems and Standards adhere to



STEVEN BROAD

STEVEN BROAD, MAC Board Chairman

Executive Director, TRAFFIC International
Non Industry

CHRISTOPHER BUERNER

CHRISTOPHER BUERNER,MAC Board Vice President-Industry and Treasurer

President, Quality Marine USA
Industry

SCOTT A. HAJOST

SCOTT A. HAJOST , MAC Board Vice President-Non-Industry

Executive Director, IUCN US, World Conservation Union
Non Industry

SVEIN FOSSA

SVEIN FOSSA

Secretary, Scandinavian Pet Trade Union (SPTU)
Non Industry

 ALEX

ALEX PLOEG

Secretary General, Ornamental Fish International (OFI)
Industry

JAN STEFFEN

JAN STEFFEN

Programme Specialist, Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands, UNESCO, Indonesia
Non Industry

Dennis A Thoney

Dennis A Thoney

Director of Facility Operations & Animal Management
Vancouver Aquarium


MAC is working to create a network of international partnerships to support certification. The following key partnerships have already been developed:

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

http://www.packard.org


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

http://www.macfound.org


Ornamental Fish International (OFI)

Ornamental Fish International (OFI)

http://www.ornamental-fish-int.org


Indonesian Nature Foundation – Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestarti (LINI)

Indonesian Nature Foundation – Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestarti (LINI)

http://www.lini.or.id


Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association<

Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association

http://www.ornamentalfish.org


PETS International

PETS International

http://www.petsinfo.net


Tropical Fish Hobbyist

Tropical Fish Hobbyist

http://www.tfhmagazine.com


Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

http://en.microcosmaquariumexplorer.com


MAC has evolved from an international conservation organization with over 50 staff members across multiple continents to a core team that is responsible for maintaining the certification system and its underlying standards. Outreach and awareness is provided to key stakeholders, and pass through funds are provided to partner organizations to ensure on the ground work continues to occur on both the supply and demand sides of the equation.


Email :   certifiedfish@aquariumcouncil.org




  Marine Aquarium Council Offices

MAC International
P.O. Box 90370
Los Angeles, CA 90009, USA

Telephone Numbers:

Programs: +1 808 550 8217
Administration: +1 808 550-8517
Fax: +1 310 846-4040


Mission and Objectives

The Mission of the Marine Aquarium Council is to conserve marine ecosystems through the promotion of a responsible aquarium trade.

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The MAC mission is achieved through the following objectives :

  • Promote sustainability through the development and deployment of best practices, standards, and certification for those engaged in the collection and care of marine ornamentals.

  • Provide outreach, education, and support to encourage biological diversity and health ecosystems across key stakeholder audiences.

  • Collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the status of trade sustainability.



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