Chance to meet the aquatic neighbours

IF YOU want to identify fish in our local waters, the National Marine Science Centre aquarium has just the thing.

Curator Tom Bowling has unveiled the newest exhibit at the centre devoted to recreational fishing species from the region.

“The whole idea of the display is to educate people, ” Mr Bowling said.

The new tanks hold 3500 litres of water and seven species of fish including epaulette and horn sharks.

The exhibit has been built with funds from a Recreational Fishing Trust grant.

Mr Bowling said that because the water in the tank is fast moving, the plan is to eventually incorporate a lure display.

With more displays on the way, Mr Bowling said different species will be rotated through the new exhibit.

The National Marine Science Centre opened in 2002 as a part of Australia's Oceans Policy. It was built with a grant from the Commonwealth Government's Centenary of Federation Fund.

The centre is located next to the Solitary Islands Marine Park which makes it perfect for Southern Cross University and University of New England students to study the marine habitat.

Throughout the school holidays, the aquarium averaged 200 visitors per day.

The aquarium is open Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, during school terms.



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