June 14, 2010
SHIPPAGAN (CNB) - The provincial government is making a further investment in the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippagan.
Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette and Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement during a ceremony marking the opening of new tourist facilities at the centre.
"The aquarium and marine centre is the largest public aquarium in the Atlantic provinces, and our government is very proud to support it," said Ouellette. "Thanks to the new $400,000-investment announced for 2010, new work can be undertaken such as the development of an education space and the renovation of the entrance hall and gift shop. The planning phase for a new theme room can also go ahead."
With investments of $740,000 during the past three years, renovations have been carried out to make the space surrounding the seal tank more natural for the seals and attractive for visitors. Significant investments have also been made in the acquisition of a tidal tank and a tank specially designed to maintain and spotlight jellyfish over long periods.
In addition, the centre now has a new website and mascot. Ouellette took the opportunity to launch a contest to find a name for the mascot.
The centre opened in 1982 and welcomed its one-millionth visitor in August 2009. It is open every day from mid-May to the end of September. More information is online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Gisèle Regimbal, communications, Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218; Laurent Robichaud, co-ordinator, development and promotion, New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre, 506-336-3013.