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What We Do

We work every day to better understand our aquatic surroundings so that they can continue to be enjoyed by all.

Protecting Native Animals

Healthy animal populations and healthy habitats go hand in hand. The Aquarium’s experts are working to find, study and protect Southeastern waters and the life that floats, crawls and darts just below the surface.


See the species we are working to protect

Conservation Planning

TNACI conducts research to identify which southeastern waters have the greatest biodiversity. This knowledge is vital for conservation planning in the Southeast because it can be used to identify hotspots of diversity that need protection.

Education and Outreach

As part of the Tennessee Aquarium, TNACI educates the general public on freshwater issues, helps to train the next generation of freshwater scientists and advocates for freshwater conservation in our community and beyond.

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