International Aquarium Congress
9 to 14 September 2012
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa


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Did You Know

No other country consumes as much kingklip as South Africans do. A sturdy fish with beautiful flakes, it absorbs flavours well and is a local delicacy.


The Two Oceans Aquarium proudly hosted the 2012 International Aquarium Congress (IAC) from 9 to 14 September 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

For the first time ever, we welcomed the IAC to Africa and to the Southern Hemisphere. From café conversations and youth video conferences to outstanding presentations on the work being done in aquariums around the globe, and an excursion to Gansbaai to see whales and sharks, the IAC was successful in providing opportunities for participants to share experiences and collectively inspire change.

The IAC is the only international platform that gathers decision makers and professionals from the global public aquarium community to share and learn about new developments in the fields of inter alia animal husbandry, research, technology, management, education, conservation and sustainability. 

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Say What You Will – Justin Hines

8 October 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

At the 8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) gala dinner, delegates were treated to a touching music video that reflects the mission of the 8th IAC – to share experiences and collectively inspire change – and also speaks to a broader concept of “together we can” make a better future, against all odds.

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Photos: Great white shark experience a great success

19 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) delegates were treated to a proudly South African field trip on Friday 14 September. We were taken to Gansbaai, about 180km from Cape Town, for great white shark cage diving and whale watching with Marine Dynamics, a cage-diving operator with a strong conservation and education ethos.

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Deep down we are all one

17 September 2012 | 2012 International Aquarium Congress

The 8th International Aquarium Congress opening ceremony on Monday 10 September marked the start of a hugely inspirational week. Put together by Francois le Roux – the Ha! Man – the opening performance featured a sublime children’s choir, local performers and poetry by Lara Kirsten , all performed against a backdrop of stunning ocean images and important conservation messages. We share Lara’s poetry with you here.

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