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Province Supports Vancouver Aquarium/ Marine Research


CANADA Premier Gordon Campbell announced $10 million in funding for the Vancouver Aquarium over the next three years for their expansion.

“The Vancouver Aquarium is a great education and research facility which helps us better understand marine animals and what we must do to help protect their natural habitats,” said Premier Campbell. “Their Marine Mammal Rescue programme has a long track-record of successful reintegration, having rescued and released over 1,600 animals. The Province is proud to support their efforts and their planned expansion.”

“We are excited to continue our revitalisation plans at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, which will rejuvenate and expand our world-renowned institution,” said Vancouver Aquarium president Dr. John Nightingale. “The revitalization will incorporate leading sustainability practices and enable our team to deliver an even better engagement and learning experience for our visitors.”

More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since it opened in 1956. Located in Stanley Park, it is home to over 70,000 animals and open 365 days a year. The Aquarium hosts approximately 80,000 school children a year through their school programs, and has helped teach an estimated 1.3 million students about marine life throughout its history.

“The Vancouver Aquarium is one of British Columbia’s premier attractions for both residents and visitors from around the world,” said Premier Campbell. “This investment will provide better facilities for the animals that live here and create new opportunities for guests of the Aquarium to learn about the marine world.”

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a self-supporting, non-profit association dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, conservation practices, education, research, and direct action.