Conservation Through Engagement
As human populations and their negative impacts on the marine environment increase, there has never been a more crucial time for a wider understanding, by a broad public, of the science of our oceans, the threats they face and how, crucially, we are all inextricably connected to them.
Our charitable conservation mission is ‘driving marine conservation through engagement’ but what does this mean?
Our ultimate goal is the protection of the variety of living things in the ocean (or in other words – the conservation of marine biodiversity).
We feel that this can be achieved by engaging our visitors with the amazing marine environment in a fun and experiential way, with the aim of encouraging them to value and want to protect marine wildlife and habitats. We do this by:
- Putting amazing animals on display in our building to inspire and engage our visitors.
- Deliver learning activities for the public and schools (shows, talks, tours, workshops, interpretation and interactive displays on the walls).
The National Marine Aquarium is ideally placed to engage and lead in the field of marine conservation, by guiding our visitors through a journey of discovery and learning to further understand their connection to the marine environment. Aquariums hold a vital place in society to pass these messages on and our ultimate aim is to conserve marine biodiversity by encouraging people to value the marine environment and undertake pro environmental behaviour in the form of small lifestyle changes.
Put another way: If we can help people LEARN about the oceans, we hope that they might LOVE the oceans and then ACT to protect them.
Why do we need to care for our oceans? There are many reasons that we need to look after our oceans:
- Oceans are a big influence on weather and climate
- Our oceans produce half of the oxygen we breathe
- Oceans provide things that we use such as food, medicines and other materials (like the metals in our mobile phones)
- Oceans improve our quality of life (well-being/education/fun/arts and culture)