The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate albacore tuna for Fisheries Day on August 21.
Games, craft projects and education programs designed to be fun for kids will be in The Sea & Me exhibit gallery. Meanwhile the Tuna Traipse, a scavenger hunt of tuna-related questions, will be spread throughout the Aquarium.
The Oregon Albacore Commission will be at the Aquarium with samples of locally caught canned tuna for visitors to taste and information about Newport’s local fishery. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be at the event with hands on displays about the agency’s research and tuna fisheries.
The U.S. Coast Guard will be at the Aquarium with a survival suit for kids to try on and information about rescue operations. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will be on-site to provide information about recreational fishing.
The Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center will host a table that features the history of fishing in the waters off of Newport. The Fishermen’s Wives will also be at the Aquarium with their popular cookbooks and sweatshirts for sale.
Jenni Remillard, Education Specialist at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, said the event was organized because, “Fishing is a big part of Newport’s past, present, and future. The Aquarium recognizes that Oregon’s tuna fishery is sustainable and well managed and we wanted to celebrate that by inviting the public to learn more about it.”
Fisheries Day – Tuna falls on a Wednesday, which means that Lincoln County locals can purchase admission to the Aquarium for just $5 with proof of residency. The Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.aquarium.org.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.