Aquar­ium emerges re­vamped

Go! & Express - - NEWS - MATTHEW FIELD

It may have taken an ocean beat­ing, but the East Lon­don Aquar­ium is of­fi­cially open to the pub­lic again fol­low­ing the well-sup­ported Fine & Fishy Re-open­ing on Satur­day Septem­ber 29.

Vis­i­tors en­joyed all the aquar­ium has to of­fer such as the ever-pop­u­lar seal show, along with a mar­ket or­gan­ised es­pe­cially for the day.

The aquar­ium was put out of com­mis­sion back in Au­gust 2017 when high seas dam­aged large por­tions of the fa­cil­ity in­clud­ing the main sea pool, balustrade, the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pool and the main view­ing deck.

The fi­nal cost of the re­pairs came to about R2.8m.

Ac­cord­ing to Samkelo Ng­wenya, who spoke on be­half of the aquar­ium, the al­most year-long process fo­cused mainly on re­plac­ing what had been lost.

How­ever, he said, “we took the op­por­tu­nity to do fur­ther main­te­nance on the fa­cil­ity while we were closed to the pub­lic for the main re­pairs”.

Sam Ram­say, from the Fine & Fab­u­lous Mar­ket, helped or­gan­ise the day’s events.

“I was ap­proached by Ta­marin [Free­man-El­liot] of the Ocean Life­line Project.

“I came on board and helped or­gan­ise the mar­ket as­pect and the aware­ness for the event,” Ram­say said.

The Ocean Life­line Project is an or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to ma­rine an­i­mals which are founded stranded or harmed along the coast.

Pic­ture: MATTHEW FIELD

FISHY FRIENDS: Sam Ram­say, left, and Han­nah Stubbs at the re-open­ing of the East Lon­don Aquar­ium

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