As well as communicating our own conservation work, hundreds of thousands of our visitors see the amazing work that other charities carry out.
Not only do the visitors to our Aquarium have a fantastic fun day out, but their visit can also be an inspiring and optimistic journey, understanding more about Ocean conservation efforts around the globe. As our aquarium is the largest the UK we collaborate with charities, policy makers and research institutes to communicate their science via exhibits and face-to-face activities, talks and shows.
Working with the Marine Stewardship Council and local fishing organisations our ‘Reconnect’ exhibit showcases the importance of sustainable fishing practises and the amazing work the fishing industry does for the UK economy.
From recommending what local fish to try, to showcasing the fishing ports in the UK this exhibit has communicated sustainable fishing information like never before.
Working closely with the Shark Trust, we have installed a gallery of infographic information in our Atlantic Ocean exhibit to communicate the vital work that goes on around the world conserving shark species.
Using a large part of our Aquarium to showcase the amazing nature of elasmobranchs and how we can all do our bit to look after them, is another example of using our Aquarium to positively influence our visitors to inspire pro-Ocean behaviour.
Marine Protected Areas
Working with our colleagues at Natural England, our Eddystone Reef exhibit is the perfect backdrop to communicate the importance of Marine Protected Areas in the UK.
With interactive interpretation, videos and maps showcasing the animals that live in them, our thousands of visitors can learn about these vital areas of conservation, then turn around and connect with the animals that may live in them.
Because of our conservational ethos we have won ‘Green Tourism Awards’ for the sustainable nature of our visitor experience. Located at the end of the Aquarium, after visitors have taken in the wonders of the Ocean and their part to play in its health, we showcase Ocean friendly products to ensure that their behaviour once they leave our Aquarium continues.
From metal straws to bamboo tooth brushes, offering these Ocean friendly products to our Aquarium visitors ensures that thousands of people a year get the chance to make a difference.
How can you help?
Our Aquarium is constantly changing and evolving, so if you’re a conservation organisation or have a project you’d like us to discuss with us, then please email our Head of Conservation Education & Communications, Nicola Bridge here: