Oregon Coast Aquarium Claws into Crab Facts and Fun for Crab Fishery Day

December 13, 2013

Newport, Oregon—The Oregon Coast Aquarium will scuttle into crab facts and fun for its visitors in honor of Crab Fishery Day on December 30.

Aquarium staff will host interactive crab-themed activities for all visitors to enjoy. The animal keepers that care for the Aquarium’s fishes and invertebrates, known as aquarists, will host a lunch crab style, providing visitors with an opportunity to see a live Dungeness crab eat. Guests may learn how to clean crabs for consumption and the animals’ unique adaptations during a dissection.

In The Sea & Me exhibit gallery, kids can test their crab sorting skills in a race to beat professional fishermen’s times. Crab Fishery Day also features story time in the Aquarium’s theatre and opportunities for visitors to hold live hermit crabs and don kid-sized ocean survival suits.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide visitors information about recreational clamming and crabbing, complete with live crabs and clams to help visitors learn how to identify their potential catch. The Newport Fishermen’s Wives will share seafood recipes and stories of the local fishing industry. The Lincoln County Historical Society will tell tales of the history of fishing off Newport’s shores.

Fisheries Days, including Crab Fishery Day, are organized by the Oregon Coast Aquarium to spread awareness and understanding of the people of Oregon’s fishing industries and the marine animals and environments they depend on for their continued success.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day, except December 25, this winter from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-3474.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, (541) 867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates. # # # Note to the media: Photos available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3kc7n9ez0lf6mlf/ajztYzh-dH.