January 05, 2012
The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Newport Fisherman’s Wives and Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission are teaming up to offer Fisheries Day December 28 from 10 am – 4 pm. A day of activities at the Aquarium will offer information about the Oregon Dungeness crab fishery, which has just started its season.
Fisheries Day falls on Five Dollar Wednesday, which means Lincoln County residents will be admitted for the reduced admission price of five dollars. To receive reduced admission, Lincoln County residents are asked to show proof of residency such as a driver’s license, utility bill or voter precinct card.
“The goal of Fisheries Day is to share the success and importance of our local fisheries with the community,” said Jenni Remillard, Aquarium Education Specialist. “Locally, we have sustainable, well managed fisheries in Oregon, including the Dungeness crab fishery. This event will give people an opportunity to learn a little more about our local fisheries from the people who catch them and to have fun,” said Remillard.
Visitors will be able to see fishing gear and talk to fisherman about the local fishing industry. There will be opportunities to try on a survival suit and taste samples of fresh Dungeness crab. Information tables, hands on activities for children and information about sea safety will be included in the day’s activities. Fisheries Day activities are included in the cost of admission.