BLUE Planet Aquarium welcomed more than 140 delegates from zoos, aquariums and conservation bodies throughout Europe.
Last week the Cheshire Oaks attraction staged the National Aquarium Workshop, an annual conference for the UK public aquarium industry and affiliated conservation organisations.
The three-day event aims to improve animal welfare standards through the dissemination of information and presentations cover a variety of topics, including research, conservation, education, animal health and husbandry.
Explorer and National Geographical Society vice president Paul Rose – who co-presented landmark BBC series Oceans – was a guest speaker.
As well as being an expert polar, environmental, exploration and field science consultant, he ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and has trained many emergency response dive teams.
He was the base commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal.
He also received the US Polar Medal for his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mount Erebus in Antarctica.
Speaking before the event, James Dale of Blue Planet, who helped to organise the event, said: “It is a great honour to be hosting this year’s event and we are all very much looking forward to meeting our colleagues from around the country and having the opportunity to share ideas and best practices.
“There will be more than 50 presentations on topics as diverse as helping to conserve Turkey’s freshwater fish species and breeding diving beetles to setting up a Fijian reef display and shark conservation.”
Delegates also had the opportunity to dive with sand tiger sharks in the aquarium.