We began the summer season this past weekend celebrating Memorial Day. This is a special opportunity to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our nation.
Mystic Aquarium and the region are home to many military families. On behalf of our community, I extend deep appreciation for the sacrifices that you make in service to our nation.
For those who have lost loved ones in service to our nation, we will not, must not forget that they gave all to protect the freedoms that the rest of us enjoy daily.
Last week we celebrated the opening of our new exhibit “Weird and Wonderful“. I would like to share my remarks from the evening:
Tonight we are grateful to our staff, volunteers and the many contractors who worked on this project. Thank you to our Curator William Hannah and the Fish and Invertebrate team, to our Life Support Team, to our Facilities Team and to Larry Warner, our exhibits director.
Recently we were asked by the town Planning and Zoning Commission how much water we process at Mystic Aquarium. We have over two million gallons of water in our tanks and over 5,000 animals under our care.
What you see in this gallery exemplifies how we try to make Mystic Aquarium an experience that is attractive; we take seriously our role as an economic engine for New England, contributing $100 million annually to the economy.
Behind the excitement of this exhibit, however, is a passion for mission. Our mission is to protect the ocean through conservation, education and research.
And also behind this exhibit and in that 2 million gallons of water, those 5,000 animals are under our care so that we might educate, conduct research, and conserve the ocean.
We are stewards of each of the species at Mystic Aquarium and others around the world.
This is a tremendous responsibility. These are not just fish in a tank. Each animal is a life form and each exhibit is an ecosystem. Many of the animals here are threatened, endangered or near extinction.
Still others, are examples of species that have bounced back as a result of deliberate, determined and science based conservation efforts.
Tonight as we dedicate this new gallery, we rededicate ourselves as stewards of aquatic species, conservers of our planet, people who are engaged in something positive and powerful; the unrelenting, continuing work of protecting our ocean environment for the future of humankind.
Here are some images from the evening:
We were thrilled to host the 5th Annual Golf Classic at the Misquamicut Club last Wednesday. The Club is always extremely gracious and hospitable to Mystic Aquarium.
Trustee John Holstein started this event five years ago. It has raised over $500,000 since being launched and this year netted just over $100,000 for our Mission Programs.
Special thanks to members of the Golf Tournament Committee who make this so successful, including Trustees John Holstein, Susette Tibus, and Alex Marku, and President’s Councilors Rob Valenti and Bob Patten.
Here are some images from the day:
Finally I want to thank our entire team for a wonderful start to the summer season. I am grateful for the work of our Guest Services Team in welcoming visitors, our Facilities Team for working so hard to prepare the campus and keep it sparkling, our Animal Care Specialists for their stellar care of our marine family, and our Food Service team for their sustenance and hospitality.
See you all soon!