Aquariums play an important part in the education of marine animals, raising awareness of the conservation they require. By welcoming visitors to see animals they wouldn’t otherwise get to see in the wild we inspire the next generation to care for our oceans and the animals that call it their home.
Here at Blue Reef Aquarium we house many threatened and endangered species, helping to preserve the population of these species and taking part in captive breeding programs to sustain them. As well as creating a captive population it is also crucial to learn more about what factors affect breeding, so we know how to help sustain populations in the wild too.
Working with local charities with similar objectives, we use our visitor attraction as a platform to help raise awareness of issues that face species in the wild. From plastic pollution to the exploitation of low population species, there is lots to do to help save our oceans!
- Whale and Dolphin Conservation
- Bite Back, Shark and Marine Conservation
- Marine Conservation Society
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
- Shark Trust
Local tourism and attraction partnerships:
Three things you can do…
- Only choose responsibility caught fish. Check out the Marine Conservation Society Good Fish Guide on which fish to choose and which to avoid.
- Try to buy things that come in recycled packaging, or with as little packaging as possible. Then once your done, recycle as much as possible! (Did you know that 80% of household waste is actually recyclable).
- Respect wildlife and their habitat. Head out and explore but don’t get too close, have fun but not at an animal’s expense and run wild but leave only footprints!