Ocean-aquariums and Their Visitor Experiences: An Instrument for Promoting Tourism and Aquatic Wildlife Conservation

Authors : Omokhoa, Counsel Nosayi-toma

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8334745

There are a variety of ways to promote both tourism and aquatic wildlife conservation. When we think of tourism, we typically picture exotic travel, beautiful locations, and spending money, whereas when we think of aquatic wildlife conservation, we picture preserving and safeguarding the aquatic environment and its inhabitants from harm frequently brought on by us humans. Over the past few decades, many public aquariums have been planned and built around the globe, the majority with a similar goal of wildlife conservation in the aquariums or on environmental protection of the surrounding areas and reintroduction of endangered species. Additionally, these establishments provide formal and informal educational opportunities for tourists, students, and schools, fostering tourism and ocean awareness. This article demonstrates how an effective tool for promoting both aquatic species conservation and tourism is the visitor experience, which is essentially "education, interpretation, and training" of ocean aquarium visitors. Aquarium tank displays, preserved biological material, film projections, seminars, lectures, and book magazine publications raise environmental awareness and encourage people to engage in Environmentally Responsible Behavior. The majority of public aquariums are operating at a profit, mostly because of their widespread appeal, making all these objectives possible. Aquaria have revitalized run-down waterfront regions and raised the revenue of tourist resorts in the vicinity, mostly by "stretching out" the tourist season. In ocean aquariums, missions related to research, conservation, and teaching are explored.

Keywords : Aquarium; Conservation; Marine Animals; Ocean; Oceanarium; Tourism; Visitor Experience.


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