Green Program / Environment

Conservation plays a big role at Shark Reef Aquarium. We're conscious about our impact on the environment and the use of our natural resources. Because of this, we make a daily effort to conserve energy and resources. Some of our efforts include:

  • "Conserve Energy: Turn off lights when not in use" signs are placed throughout the aquarium light switches.
  • All Shark Reef Aquarium letterhead, envelopes and business cards are printed on 100% post consumer paper.
  • Water conservation plaques are displayed in guest bathroom stalls.
  • Shark Reef Aquarium sponsors advertising on four Toyota Prius used as taxis.
  • 90% of aquarium water is recycled on a monthly basis. This results in 2.1 million gallons of reclaimed water per year.

Here are just a few of the ways Shark Reef Aquarium gets involved in community conservation efforts.

  • Devil’s Hole Pupfish Program: In cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and Nevada Department of Fish and Wildlife Service; Shark Reef Aquarium is helping to breed and increase the Devil's Hole Pupfish population. This highly endangered fish lives only in a cave with a natural fed spring in Death Valley National Park.
  • Lake Mead Adopt a Cove: Shark Reef Aquarium staff with their families meet three times per year to pick up trash both on the shore and in the water at Lake Mead, Las Vegas' primary source for water.
  • Storm Drain Marking Program: In cooperation with the Conservation District of Southern Nevada, Shark Reef Aquarium is assisting in the effort to mark storm drains in the Las Vegas Valley to remind residents not to throw trash or pollutants down the drain, as these flow untreated into Lake Mead, our main source of drinking water.
  • In Good Taste: Included in the Passport Guide book given to guests who visit the aquarium is the In Good Taste Sustainable Seafood Pocket Guide. This guide informs consumers about the importance of seafood choices for a healthier ocean and seafood populations. The recommendations are credited to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and our partnership with the Seafood Watch Program. Click here for a downloadable version of the guide.