We have made some changes to the aquarium's popular sea-lab area and touch pools. The ageing touch pools and nursery have been replaced with a new interactive pool and separate tanks installed for the shark and ray eggs as well as delicate invertebrates.
Thanks to support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (NESFLAG), Friends of Macduff Marine Aquarium and Live Life Aberdeenshire, the aquarium team have installed a new interactive pool to replace the ageing touch pools and nursery in the sea-lab area. Visual interpretation around the aquarium has also been improved as part of this project, with the addition of some digital displays.
The existing tanks have been removed from the sea-lab area, then internal repairs and redecoration have been carried out before the new tanks were installed. The new interactive pool was being made by specialists in Weymouth and have been shipped up to Macduff on the back of a truck before being plumbed in and themed on site.
A new tank to support the facility's shark and ray breeding programme has also be added, as well a cylindrical tank to make it easier for visitors to observe some of the more delicate creatures close up.
In addition, the funding has enabled improvement to the interpretation around the aquarium, and visitors should notice a few new digital displays that will help give a deeper understanding of the Moray Firth's amazing coast and marine life.
The aquarium team were delighted to be awarded the EMFF/NESFLAG grant and for the chance to upgrade the touch pools. The new pool also has improved accessibility for visitors, and also allows rest areas for the animals on display. The touch pool demonstrations by aquarium staff will be enhanced by new underwater cameras which will give a close up view of the different critters.