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Campbell River's Discovery Passage Aquarium gears up for a second season

Volunteers release a crab back into the wild after spending a season in the Discovery Passage Aquarium. The newest facility on Campbell River’s waterfront proved very popular in its first year of operation and is preparing to open for year two. - Photo by Mark Wunsch
Volunteers release a crab back into the wild after spending a season in the Discovery Passage Aquarium. The newest facility on Campbell River’s waterfront proved very popular in its first year of operation and is preparing to open for year two.
— image credit: Photo by Mark Wunsch

The Discovery Passage SeaLife Society, which operates the Discovery Passage Aquarium, will be holding its first Annual General Meeting on April 2 in the Thulin Room, Maritime Heritage Centre, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Following the aquarium’s successful first season, the society will be taking this opportunity to reflect on what it has accomplished, as well as share its goals for the coming year and the future.

They are inviting the public to join them. You can learn more about what they do and the programs and opportunities available to you, your family, schools and community groups. Society memberships and season passes will be on sale at the AGM. They welcome help with all aspects of the aquarium and would also love to meet potential volunteers. If you have an interest in the aquarium, the ocean, or public education, they hope you will be able to join them.

Aquarium staff shared the delights of the local marine environment with over 12,500 locals and visitors during the incredibly successful first season. Many families returned time and time again, often bringing their relatives and other company. Residents who thought that they knew the marine life of the area were astounded to see the diversity of creatures on our ‘doorstep’, and everyone between the ages of eight months and 80 years young found something to enchant them.

The season culminated in the release of their aquatic ‘guests’ back into the ocean. Season pass holders who tallied the greatest number of visits were invited to the release party, and helped return crabs, whelks, seastars, pipefish, nudibranchs, sea cucumbers and more to the beach. Fish and other delicate critters were taken by boat back to their original habitats by aquarium staff and volunteers.To find out more, visit discoverypassageaquarium.ca

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