FOI request (FOIR-172068513)
FOI request for Blue Reef Aquarium
Requested Mon 03 February 2020
Responded Wed 19 February 2020
I am a Masters student studying at the University of Portsmouth. My thesis is concerned with public aquaria and public animal collections that house aquatic species. I have worked in this area for the last eight years and during that time I have found that there has not been a single study that effectively and independently evaluates the conservation, education and research outputs of these institutions. I plan to change this through the use of freedom of information requests, to gain an understanding of what work is currently being carried out by these institutions in the U.K. and to hopefully identify areas where public animal collections and research institutions could better collaborate in order to achieve mutual goals.
To this end, I would like to submit a request for information held by yourselves on the animal collection(s) in your jurisdiction including:
Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings
Specifically, could you please send me electronic copies of:
The latest zoo licence certificate and supplemental information for each site.
· The last pre-inspection audit including all attachments from each site.
· The last six years of annual animal inventories, or however many years you have on file since the last zoo licence inspection, assuming all data before then has been destroyed, from each site.
I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that all of the data collected from these institutions will be anonymised prior to dissemination in any research publications and that our aim is to be collaborative, and not damaging to these institutions.
Please see attached information requested.
Freedom of Information