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.