August 15, 2019
“Trick or Treat Under the Sea” offers local businesses a prime opportunity to reach thousands of area families and consumers. The 2019 event features three nights of ghoulish good times, hosted by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26.
July 17, 2019
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher flips the script about these important and charismatic creatures during Shark and Ray Awareness Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.
May 31, 2019
The Aquarium recently earned its Sensory Inclusive Certification, to ensure a positive experience for guests with sensory issues.
May 30, 2019
Celebrate and protect the ocean with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Party for the Planet on World Oceans Day, June 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Plant sea oats to restore sand dunes or join a beach sweep with aquarium staff.
April 12, 2019
Bugs and a good teacher sparked Gail Lemiec’s career path. She chose an undergraduate degree based on animal behavior, conducted conservation research with wolves, and now shares her passion for science at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher as an educator. Lemiec and several of her aquarium colleagues wanted to do more to encourage girls and women to explore science as a career path.
March 25, 2019
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner recently to celebrate the dedicated individuals who assist Aquarium operations and make a world of difference to the facility and its visitors. In 2018, 505 Aquarium volunteers donated 31,788 hours.
February 22, 2019
Twenty feet below the surface of a natural spring, Lydia Byrd finds herself eyes wide open, blowing heart-shaped kisses, fulfilling her dreams. Byrd is a mountain girl living in a mermaid’s world, and loving it. Her underwater odyssey began in the shadow of North Carolina’s highest peak; and will soon land her, shimmering tail and all, in a magical adventure at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in early March.
January 18, 2019
Mention sharks to Hap Fatzinger and a change comes over him. He leans forward, talks a little faster, smiles a little bigger. The long-time Wilmington resident and avid outdoorsman really wants his audience to get it. But let’s be clear. The excitement, some might even call it a passion, has nothing to do with what should be done about sharks, but, instead, what we need to do for sharks.
Fatzinger’s use of the collective “we” is no mistake, either. He believes in the power of people, to make impactful change. Words like conservation, healthy habitats, ocean health aren’t just nebulous ideas in Fatzinger’s shark-fueled enthusiasm. They are his professional mission, a road map from which he will now lead the team at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
December 07, 2018
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The North Carolina Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Jennette's Pier have all joined a coalition of major public aquariums that announced opposition to the federal government’s pending issuance of permits to allow repeated seismic blasting along the East Coast in search of offshore oil and gas. Marine scientists are concerned that the prolonged and extreme noise pollution introduced into already highly stressed ocean environments will disturb marine life from tiny plankton to commercially valuable fish stocks and even giant whales.