Aquarium Looks Forward To A New Year

January 07, 2008

2008 brings a newly elected board of directors and a new exhibit

As the Oregon Coast Aquarium begins dismantling the Claws exhibit and preparations are underway for the new Oddwater exhibit, a mood of optimism is building for the coming year. A new board chair and elected officers are developing a new fundraising plan, including two new fundraiser events. Partnerships are being strengthened and the Aquarium will get a much needed shot in the arm from the recently approved county room tax revenues.

“Oddwater, opening this summer, will be another exciting exhibit in our ongoing efforts to present educationally relevant exhibits that bring more visitors to the coast,” said Dale Schmidt, Aquarium President. “The county room tax revenues will begin providing the needed support to our general operating expenses, enabling us to continue our role as a driving force for tourism on the central coast,” said Schmidt. “The continued increase in attendance at the Aquarium means more visitors and a growing economic impact.”

Partnerships with the Aquarium are growing as well, according to Schmidt. “The recent Oregon Community Fund grant coupled with our great relationships with Lincoln County School District, Oregon State University, Oregon Coast Community College and Sea Grant will lead to further development of a plan to make Lincoln County a center for ocean science education for all ages.”

Fundraising efforts will grow stronger in 2008 and a new event will bring more visitors to the Aquarium, with details to come. “One of our new fundraisers being planned is slated for September,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium Marketing Director. “This will be a fun, exciting event with music, food and a silent auction, among other things. We’ll announce the details soon.” Initial support for both events is being provided by West Coast Bank, but many opportunities for involvement will be available for those individuals and companies that wish to participate.

The Aquarium continues to receive national and regional attention with the recent installation of a new live digital Aquarium webcam, a rare hatch of wolf-eels and the addition of five sevengill sharks and several thousand anchovies to the Passages of the Deep exhibit. In 2007, the Aquarium was named among the “Top 10 Aquariums for Kids” in the nation by Parents magazine as well as top ten ratings by Coastal Living magazine and USA Today.