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Public Meeting Notice-N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Advisory Committee

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will hold a virtual Advisory Committee meeting at 9 a.m., August 19, 2020. Committee members will attend virtually as the aquarium remains closed to the public. A public call-in number is available.

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Sea Turtles Rehabilitated in Aquarium Care to be Released

KURE BEACH, N.C. –Twelve rehabilitated sea turtles will be released from the care of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Thursday. The five Kemp’s ridley and seven green sea turtles were originally injured in two separate cold-stunning events.

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New Otter Habitat Construction Begins at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in January

It’s about time for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to make room to tell a global conservation story that is “otterly” engaging. Construction is expected to begin in January to build a home for a furry species likely to inspire cute aggression and empathy for the natural world, Asian small-clawed otters.

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SCRUBBING ALLIGATORS AT N.C. AQUARIUM AT FORT FISHER

Stacey Murray-Rester scrubs alligators. It is part of her job at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. She does it so well that a video of her brushing the back and snout of a rare albino alligator went viral this week, appearing on social feeds from Charlotte to the Philippines.

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N.C. AQUARIUMS HONOR VETERANS NOV. 11

The North Carolina Aquariums will honor veterans and military service members on Nov. 11, 2019, by offering free admission on Veterans Day to all veteran, active, reserve, or retired members of the U.S. military with a valid service identification or proof of service, as well as spouses and dependents.

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Aquarium at Fort Fisher Repairs Require Partial Closure Starting Nov. 4

Repairs to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will alter the guest experience for a few months at one of the state’s most popular attractions. A roof repair and fire suppression system replacement will close the aquarium’s freshwater conservatory building to visitors beginning Nov. 4. The aquarium will remain open during the project, as all saltwater galleries, touch pools and outdoor gardens will remain accessible. Educational activities, daily dive programs and feedings will continue, while sharks, jellies and sea turtles engage and inspire guests.

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AQUARIUM'S WOMEN IN SCIENCE DAY

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.

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NEW DIRECTOR NAMED AT N.C. AQUARIUM AT FORT FISHER

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.

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N.C. Aquariums Join Coalition and State Leaders in Opposition to Atlantic Coast Seismic Blasting

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.

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