Bring the ocean to eye level and help us raise £4500 to build the UK's first catch and release aquarium!
Tobermory Harbour Association is a not-for-profit community company. In 2013, we opened a new Marine Exhibition to educate and inform visitors about life on, under and beside our wonderful local marine environment, with the UK’s first zoo licensed catch and release tank being installed.
Our vision is to create an aquarium by expanding on our success with our existing tanks and integrating them into the Exhibition to become the UK’s (possibly Europe's) first catch and release aquarium. The aquarium will build on our aims to foster curiosity through hands-on experience, allowing visitors to ‘see deeper’ into our oceans and explore the life that swims, scuttles, slimes, squirts right here in our bay.
So what makes us unique?
The only aquarium in the Hebrides
We collect and release local animals throughout the season, with the support from our local community.
Seasonal display of the magnificent local marine life, borrowed from the bay just outside the door.
Get your hands wet throughout the aquarium with hands-on education, which allows for an intimate, personal learning experience with passionate staff, showcasing our local marine life.
This expansion will allow this valuable community asset to become a sustainable business, securing its future while promoting a healthy sea, on which we all depend for the next generation.
Sounds great, but what's the money for?
The ideas, plans and team of enthusiastic staff and volunteers are ready to go but we need money to make this amazing project a reality for the 2015 season.
The money will go towards:
• Tanks to make sure our creatures are super happy while they are with us.
• Additional aquarium plumbing to get the water flowing.
• Printing things such as interpretation panels and leaflets
A bit about me…
My name is Lyndsey and I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to see deeper into our oceans. From seeing we become curious, which in turn leads to caring and protecting, which is vital if we are to leave a healthy sea for the next generation. However this is not always easy as that big blue blanket is often hard to see into!
I first had the opportunity to see the ocean at eye level at the Ucluelet Mini Aquarium, Canada, the world’s first catch and release aquarium (it was in a shed at the time). I was instantly asked do you want to hold a starfish, do you know they have eyes, they smell thought their suction cups and they have teeth on their backs? What?!!! I was blown away, and no I don’t know any of these things and I had just finished studying biology at university! Needless to say I was smitten with the place and spent most of my summer in the aquarium. Take a look at www.uclueletaquarium.org and their new mini aquarium www.miniaqua.org
Upon returning home to the UK I have worked up and down the country as a marine educator, for the National Trust for Scotland, Berry Head NNR and Charmouth Heriage Coast Centre. I had forgotten the significance of the Ucluelet aquarium on my life until I started working at the Tobermory Marine Exhibition and being told the tank is the only licensed catch and release tank in the UK. “Light bulb moment”, the idea stuck and here we are today bringing this astounding aquarium model to the UK.
What others think
The founder of Petty Harbour catch and release Aquarium Melanie Knight presents an inspirational talk on the model which we are trying to bring to the UK. To take a look click here
Amazing place for both kids and adults! Fantastic exhibition and interactive activities, and to top it all off the staff are all so friendly and knowledgeable! The new project will be amazing!! Can't wait!! Victoria Keddie
So now is the time for you to jump in!
All you need to do is sign up and donate.
Don’t forget to tell people that you are part of this amazing project. So get on facebook, tweet about it, talk to people, shout it from the roof tops and get everyone excited about it this amazing idea.
Crowdfunder is an 'all or nothing' fundraising platform that means that unless the financial target is met, there will be no money at all. Not a penny. So spread the word and make this a reality.
Together we can all make this happen and pave the way for a new class of sustainable aquariums.