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Every day we impact water, and water impacts us.

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) furthers the Aquarium’s impact by conducting scientific studies, restoring our region’s natural ecosystems and educating members of the public to take conservation action.

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United States fish diversity

Population per square mile where we work

Number of species where we work


of the freshwater fish species found in the U.S. live in the Southeast.


states where our conservation efforts improve water quality for humans and animals.


aquatic species we work with within the region



of turtle species in the USA occur in the Southeast

there’s been a


rise in imperiled freshwater fish species in the Southeast over the last 20 years



of freshwater mussel species are native to the Southeast

Focus Areas

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Find ways you can connect with and protect your watershed.

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Our Partners

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tennessee Valley Authority
Trout Unlimited
Sewanee The University of the South
Tennessee Tech University
The University of Georgia
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Freshwaters Illustrated
  • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Conservation Fisheries, Inc.
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Southeastern Fishes Council
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Tennessee
  • U.S. Geological Survey

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