SHIPPAGAN (GNB) – The New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre is marking its 40th anniversary this year, and an official celebration was held on Sunday.

“Congratulations to everyone who has worked hard over the last 40 years to make this centre the fun and educational experience it is today,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Margaret Johnson. “I applaud your passion and dedication to raising awareness and promoting the protection of our oceans and aquatic ecosystems.”

Located in the heart of the Acadian Peninsula, the aquarium is a popular tourist attraction. There are scientists, biologists and technicians at the marine centre who are involved in research projects that benefit both developing and mature fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

“We are very excited to offer our visitors many traditional and new activities for them to enjoy this year,” said Laurent Robichaud, aquarium director. “We are all about offering a chance to live an out-of-the-ordinary experience.”

The centre is open for the season until Sept. 25. More information is available online.