NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Finalist in Video Contest

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NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Finalist in Video Contest

PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a finalist in a national video contest and could win $25,000 for state sea turtle conservation. 

The aquarium’s video was selected as one of ten for public voting in the Party for the Planet® Video Contest, sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The video features the family-friendly volunteer activities held at the aquarium during Earth Day and World Oceans Day and the community impact of shore restoration in the wake of Hurricane Florence. 

“Because Hurricane Florence was such a destructive event last year, it was important for us to reach out to the community and show how we can restore the shore,” said Ellie Fallaize, an aquarium educator. “We wanted to foster an appreciation for the living shorelines that help protect our homes,” she said.

If the aquarium’s video receives the most votes, the conservation donation will benefit AZA Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) Sea Turtle Conservation Action Plan for North Carolina. The conservation action plan supports multiple conservation needs and projects for sea turtle species in the state.  

“This is an opportunity to share the critical work of the aquarium and hopefully provide needed funding for field conservation, research and education aimed at protecting and restoring sea turtle populations,” said Windy Avery-Kent, education curator . “It also will help the North Carolina Aquariums engage partners in more than 25 coastal counties in the state in habitat monitoring and restoration, sea turtle health and stranding response.”

AZA asked participants of the video contest to send in a 45- to 60-second video highlighting the story and impact of their volunteer event on the planet and in their community. Dozens of video entries from zoos and aquariums across the country were narrowed by a judging panel to ten finalists. The first and second place winners of the competition will receive a $25,000 and $10,000 conservation donation, respectively, to designate to a conservation program of their choice.

With support from the Disney Conservation Fund, more than 120 AZA-accredited and certified-related facilities offered over 140 inclusive, family-friendly volunteer opportunities as part of their Party for the Planet®: Spring Into Action events from Earth Day to World Oceans Day 2019. 

The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores hosted two beach cleanups, a marsh grass planting, and a dune grass planting during as part of their Party for the Planet events. 

About 50, five-gallon bags of trash were collected, 1,000 smooth cord grass plants and 2,000 sea oat plants were planted,  and more than 100 volunteers helped continue the necessary work to restore the shorelines after Hurricane Florence.


Members of the public can vote on the aquarium’s video multiple times a day until Wed., July 31, at 11:59 p.m. at the website https://www.aza.org/partyfortheplanetcontest.

Photo: The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a finalist in a national video contest and could win $25,000 for state sea turtle conservation. (Photo Contributed)

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