The Deep is involved in a number of European Aquarium and Zoo Association (EAZA) Breeding Programmes to help conserve threatened and endangered species.
Each programme consists of a co-ordinator who manages a particular species. This co-ordinator maintains records of individual animals, their location and their history. From this information, if needed, they can make recommendations for ideal breeding pairs that will ensure a healthy gene pool for future generations.
The Deep manages the studbook for the highly endangered Green sawfish and the Monitoring Programmes for Honeycomb Whiptail ray and the Epaulette shark. We also contribute to the Monitoring Programmes for the Zebra shark, Blue-Spot ray, Blue Spotted Ribbontail ray and not to forget, our Gentoo penguins.
All animals born here under these guidelines are moved (under recommendation from the co-ordinator) to another aquarium to prevent the risk of inbreeding. These animals, once mature, can contribute to healthy future generations.
We have also bred from our frog species, including the critcally endangered Golden Mantella frog. Many of our invertebrate species are also captive bred and by working alongside Bristol Zoo Gardens, together we have achieved the first documented breeding of the Giant vinegaroon in captivity within the UK.
In 2015 The Deep became the first aquarium in the UK to successfully breed and rear Zebra sharks. Of the 6 pups born, the four males have been transferred to Lisbon Oceanarium and the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. The two remaining females stayed with us at The Deep.