After holding our breath for over a year, it has now been confirmed that the long-term sustainability of the Vancouver Aquarium, and the affiliated Marine Mammal Rescue program, has been assured thanks to an agreement to transfer ownership to Herschend Enterprises. The new relationship ensures the continuation of the Vancouver Aquarium’s 64 years of success as an animal care and animal rescue facility, a cherished educational venue and one of BC’s top tourist and event destinations.
The Ocean Wise Conservation Association will also continue as an independent, charitable non-profit organization with existing programs such as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Ocean Wise Seafood, Ocean Bridge and many others—it will also scale and replicate its successful initiatives across Canada and globally. The Vancouver Aquarium was officially reopened to the public on August 16th, and it’s safe to say that they’ll be around for seasons to come. Be sure to check their website regularly for updates and new exhibits.