This week The Oregonian reported that between February and May, more than 200 fish, sharks, rays, clams, eels, and invertebrates died from causes ranging from congestive heart failure to starvation to being stuck to drains. The report was based on a “death log” (pdf) provided by a former aquarium employee. Vince Covino, in a statement, wrote, “[B]ased upon the numbers quoted in the Oregonian article, the death log submitted appears to be fabricated, or to be skewed by such deaths as dozens of snails, baby feeder fish, and others.”
The Oregon Humane Society has begun an investigation of the Aquarium. Ammon Covino reversed his not-guilty plea in the shark-buying case. He and his brother are in Austin, Texas, working on starting a third aquarium.
What questions do you have about this case?
- Vince Covino: Owner of Portland Aquarium will discuss the allegations.
- Jim Burke: Director of animal husbandry at Oregon Coast Aquarium will talk about how accreditation and operations work at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums certified Newport aquarium.