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The SeaQuarium offers an informative, educational, fun learning experience. Many of the marine life species found in and around our shores can be seen here at Clacton Pier. This brings a unique opportunity to the young and old alike, to appreciate from an up close perspective some of the intriguing creatures surrounding our coastal areas.
We are also home to all kinds of fresh water and tropical fish which can all be seen in our large number of exhibits.
When you visit us don’t forget to keep a look out for the real life ‘nemo’, the school of red bellied piranhas or many other of our star attractions!
Group bookings & discounts are available in advance and can be made by calling the Clacton Pier information line on 01255 421115.
How Can You Help!?
Check out some of the below links to aquatic conservation charities and events.
- Marine Conservation society – MCS is a UK charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious marine wildlife and vital fish stocks. www.mcsuk.org
- The Good Fish Guide and Fish online is designed to help you identify fish more resilient to fishing pressure, from well-managed sources and caught using methods that minimise damage to wildlife and habitats, allowing you to make the best seafood choices. www.goodfishguide.co.uk
- Beach Clean - For information on your local beach clean, visit: www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch
- You could join the MCS and help support their work long term. www.mcsuk.org
- Shark Trust – Shark Trust is the UK registered charity which works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. www.sharktrust.org
- The Great Eggcase Hunt aims to get as many people as possible hunting for eggcases that have either been washed ashore, or are found by divers and snorkelers underwater. In recent decades, several species of shark, skate and ray around the British coast have dramatically declined in numbers. The empty eggcases (or mermaid’s purses) are an easily accessible source of information on the whereabouts of potential nursery grounds and will provide the Trust with a better understanding of species abundance and distribution. www.sharktrust.org/en/great_eggcase_hunt
- Adopt a Shark and support the work of the Shark Trust long term. www.sharktrust.org/en/adopt
- Fish fight – In July 2012 a ‘Fish Fight’ episode was filmed outside the SeaQuarium on Weston super Mare Beach. This is an important time to aid this campaign in its efforts to commit to creating 127 new marine reserves Zones as sanctuaries from overfishing where fish stocks can recover. Join the fish fight today. www.fishfight.net
- Plastic oceans - Over the last 60 years plastic has become central to our lives and mankind has subjected the planet to a tsunami of plastic waste. Plastic Oceans provides a powerful and effective platform campaigning for, supporting and funding targeted solutions aimed at significantly reducing plastic pollution in the environment. To find out how the decisions you make as a consumer can help visit www.plasticoceans.net
Look out for the upcoming film Plastic Oceans
- MARINElife - Conserving Marine Wildlife through research and education.
Twitter: twitter.com/marinelife_uk Facebook: facebook.com/MARINElifeUK
- The Big fish campaign - The aim of the Big Fish Campaign is to raise awareness about the problem of aquarium fish that grow larger than the vast majority of home aquaria can accommodate, and to promote responsible buying and selling of these larger species.
To find out what species are suitable for home aquariums and how you can help visit www.bigfishcampaign.org
- Fish to fork - The campaigning restaurant guide for people who want to eat fish sustainably. www.fish2fork.com
- Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU) – Based in Gardenstown, Scotland, from May to October each year, the CRRU research the coastal cetacean species that frequent the inshore water of the outer Moray Firth. In April 2010 the SeaQuarium Displays Manager, Hayley Wood, supported the CRRU with their pilot field project in Southwest Thailand in Trang.
Join the research team and gain experience in the field visit. www.crru.org.uk/join_the_team.asp
Become a member and support the work of the CRRU long term www.crru.org.uk/become_a_member.asp