Aquarium joins in conservation week

Visitors are being given a chance to find out more about the aquatic environment and how to help protect it.

As part of ‘Ocean and Earth Week’ – from April 20 to 26 – Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium is holding a series of events to mark the week-long conservation event.

Our aim is also to inspire visitors with different projects, through demonstrations and examples of how we can reuse and recycle materials in a fun and creative way.

Blue Reef’s Caitlin Shields

The week aims to highlight the environmental impact on the planet and suggest simple ideas to help protect it.

The aquarium will be hosting special guest groups throughout the week and there will be additional talks, demonstrations, and workshops discussing conservation, depletion of our natural resources, and what we can all do to help.

Visitors will even be able to measure their own carbon footprint and find out how to reduce it.

Environmental charity Groundwork, who have been awarded a four-year-contract with North Tyneside Council to run a Waste Awareness Campaign, will also have a presence on site throughout the event and on Friday, April 24, Rebecca Wilson – who is the project officer for North Tyneside – will be visiting the aquarium.

The aquarium will also be hosting the north east’s representative for Surfers Against Sewage who will be explaining the work they do to keep our seas free from pollution.

Blue Reef’s Caitlin Shields said: “Visitors will be able to learn about the lifespans of different materials if they are not disposed of properly.

“We are going to display this by using one of our tanks with rubbish in it with signs to show how long each material takes to decompose.

“Our aim is also to inspire visitors with different projects, through demonstrations and examples of how we can reuse and recycle materials in a fun and creative way.”

Throughout the week there will be ten daily talks, feeds, demonstrations, workshops and other activities taking place including seal and otter feeds as well as rockpool encounters and Amazon talks and feeds – all with a conservation theme.