Public is invited to release party and free day

Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre

The Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre is excited to be holding the first Animal Release Party on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., presented in partnership with BC Ferries’ SeaForward Program. The Centre held its official opening on Sept. 29, 2017 and just over a year later is happy to be releasing half the animals back to their natural habitats.

“The first year has been extraordinary, and we want to thank our hundreds of annual pass-holders, our volunteers, our corporate partners and our board members on this first of many going away parties,” said Colin Stansfield, executive director.

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This event is free for everyone. If you have been to the Sonntag Centre before and have a favourite animal or have heard about the aquarium at the Gibsons Public Market, this is your chance to “see what we are all about, to learn why we do what we do and to get involved,” Stansfield said.

The public is invited to come say goodbye to the fish and invertebrates as the Centre follows through on its community-based, collect-and-release aquarium model. The animals will be released the following week with staff, volunteers and public support. More details will be available at the goodbye party. 

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