The Vancouver Aquarium Association was formed in 1950. The
Vancouver Aquarium, Canada's first public aquarium, opened its doors on June 15, 1956. The
Association operated the Aquarium as a self-supporting, non-profit organization receiving
no government operational funding.
Through visionary, responsible growth programs, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science
Centre has become the largest aquarium in Canada and one of the five largest in North
America. The Aquarium is internationally recognized for excellence in display and
interpretation and was the first facility to incorporate professional Naturalists into the
galleries to complement interpretive graphics. Aquarium research projects extend
world-wide and our successful rehabilitation work ranges from marine mammals to reptiles.
In 1975, the Vancouver Aquarium was the first aquarium accredited by the American Zoo and
Aquarium Association (AZA). The Aquarium is also accredited by the Canadian Association of
Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and in 1987 was designated Canada's Pacific National Aquarium by
the Canadian Federal Government.
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre takes direct action in conservation. Aquarium
staff and volunteers have been involved in the creation of Canada's first no-take Marine
Protected Area, beach clean-ups, wetlands restorations and rehabilitations, aquatic bird
and intertidal population surveys and much more.
The Aquarium's mission also includes the research of aquatic life. One current research
project involves learning why Steller sea lions are disappearing from many of their
natural habitats. Aquarium researchers
and scientists are also actively studying other marine mammals at the Aquarium and in the
field, including killer whales, belugas, sea otters and harbour seals. Other researchers
are revealing the unknown early life stages of the wolf-eel as well as sculpins, lingcod,
blennies, shrimp, snailfish and other local fish species.
Review submtted by Ian Thomas
It is a very nice aquarium specializing in frogs and the pacific
northwest.. it is divided into 4 sections tropical pacific,amazon,frogs,native
marine life,and marine mammals. notable exhibits are the walk through rainforest
featuring anacondas,caimans,tree frogs,sloths,and birds.the strait of georgia tank
featuring wolf eels,octopi,dogfish,salmon,herring,and rockfish.and the Arctic canada
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