Tuna Fisheries Day Splashes into the Oregon Coast Aquarium

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The word “tuna” conjures images of a canned pantry staple, delicate sashimi over rice, or locally, fish and chips. Tuna is an important part of many peoples’ diets, but few consider the fish behind the food. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will help visitors take a bite into the story behind this keystone creature during Tuna Fisheries Day on Wednesday, July 23.

The Aquarium will create an environment of tuna-related discovery for guests of all ages to connect with these migratory fish that can swim as fast as 40 miles per hour. Interactive activities, including tuna sample tastings and learning to tie knots like commercial fishermen, will engage all five senses as visitors explore the world of tuna fish and sustainable seafood.

Youngsters will be able to connect with these formidable fish through age-appropriate interactive activities including pretending to be tuna and tuna fishermen, creating artwork related to tuna fish and even touching a real tuna in its original fish form.

Fishpeople, the 2014 Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge, the Lincoln County Historical Society, the Oregon Albacore Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will each bring their own piece of albacore tuna’s story with food samples, interactive activities and information for consumers and recreational fishermen.

Guests will leave with valuable information about how to process and can fresh tuna, boat and visit the ocean safely, put on a survival suit and shop as an informed seafood consumer.

Tuna Fisheries Day activities will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and are included with Aquarium admission. In honor of Tuna Fisheries Day, the Aquarium’s Ferry Slip Café will also feature a locally caught albacore tuna special for hungry visitors. For more information, call (541) 867-3474 or visit 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. aquarium.org, (541) 867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

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