Aquatic Zoos is a 2004 critical study of UK public aquaria published by Freedom for Animals (then the Captive Animals' Protection Society).

The report is an attempt to provide new, fresh and comprehensive information about the performance, claims and work of the UK public aquarium industry as a whole, so the review of their impact on the welfare of individual animals and populations can take place, and the rethinking on their role in a modern compassionate society such as the one the UK aspires to be may begin.

The investigation which culminated in this report combined desk-top research with field research and entailed visiting over 30 UK aquariums to monitor their conditions, practices, and the species held there, and record relevant data.

The findings of the investigation included:

  • Many animals suffer in public aquaria, both physically and mentally, and no conservation, education or research work can compensate for this.
  • In UK public aquaria, there seem to be minimal conservation activities, the education value is very poor and
    scientific research is almost non existent.
  • In the context of the new UK zoo legislation, it appears that many of UK public aquaria no longer meet the new zoo licensing criteria that would allow them to stay open to the public.
  • Any positive influences of aquaria (such as rehabilitation of wild animals) are merely incidental and do not represent the work of the public aquarium industry in general.