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Tennessee Aquarium reaccredited

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Aquarium's accreditation has been renewed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Aquarium operations director Jackson Andrews said the benchmark is the "gold standard" for aquariums.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the association requires zoos and aquariums to be reviewed every five years to maintain accreditation.

The Tennessee Aquarium had maintained it since its initial acceptance in 1993 - its second year of operations.

Aquarium spokesman Thom Benson said officials from the association inspected the downtown Chattanooga aquarium in December.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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