Niagara Gazette

October 4, 2013

Aquarium of Niagara seals taking a vacation as outdoor exhibit gets makeover

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette —

The harbor seals will not be available for viewing in their outdoor exhibit as the Aquarium of Niagara begins a series of capital projects.

The aquarium will still be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The renovations, which began Friday, launch a series of capital improvements at the facility.

The 30-year-old outdoor harbor seal exhibit, Rescue Harbor, will get $150,000 of work, including enhancements made to filtration, beach space, and animal access areas.

The capital improvements will provide optimal water quality conditions, increased access for animals and staff, and will promote conservation through decreased frequency of water changes and better management of resources, according to an aquarium release.

The Aquarium of Niagara takes a firm stance behind its commitment to education and conservation in all areas of operation. This commitment is reflected in the development of naturalistic exhibits and improved life support systems that far exceed minimum industry standards. The completion of this project, anticipated at the end of November, will serve as a milestone in a series of capital improvements coming to the 48-year-old facility.

While under construction, the aquarium’s resident harbor seals will be housed in an onsite facility that is designed for the care of marine mammals.

The aquarium was also recently awarded $1.75 million by the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board last week, a move that received final approval from NYPA’s board of trustees on Tuesday, to fund the first phase of a six-step, multi-year capital project that has been in the works for years.

For additional information about the aquarium, visit www.aquariumofniagara.org or call 285-3575.