Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium to stay in Stan­ley Park

The Prince George Citizen - - Local -

VAN­COU­VER — The Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium will re­main in the city’s Stan­ley Park for an­other 35 years un­der a new agree­ment it has reached with the parks board.

Lasse Gus­tavs­son, CEO of aquar­ium op­er­a­tor Ocean Wise, said the agree­ment pro­vides the foun­da­tion for its five-year strate­gic plan with a fo­cus on con­ser­va­tion and public ed­u­ca­tion. The aquar­ium has been in the park since 1956.

It has been locked in a le­gal bat­tle over the board’s ban on whales and dol­phins at the fa­cil­ity, but Ocean Wise said in a state­ment that it has dropped the le­gal ac­tion. It said the lease agree­ment con­firms a com­mit­ment it made last year to no longer dis­play cetaceans.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion said it will also con­tinue to in­vest in re­search pro­grams, which have con­trib­uted to global knowl­edge of ma­rine wildlife.

“Ocean Wise as­pires to be­come a global ocean con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion and wants to inspire peo­ple in ev­ery cor­ner of the planet to par­tic­i­pate in cre­at­ing healthy oceans, but for most peo­ple the ocean is ‘out of sight, out of mind,’” Gus­tavs­son said.

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