We’re very proud to share with you that the National Marine Aquarium has won 5 different BIAZA Awards. BIAZA (which stands for British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) is the professional body representing over 100 zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland. The awards celebrate all the work that goes on in zoos and aquariums all over the UK.
Our amazing team picked up 3 golds, 1 bronze and a commendation.
Details of each award found below.
Our fantastic Animal Husbandry team picked up a bronze award for their seven year project breeding the UK’s first ever Ocellated Eagle Rays (Aetobatus ocellatus). Vincent and Kitts are two of the adult Eagle Rays in our Atlantic Ocean Exhibit (the UK’s largest tank). Kitts gave birth to Nevis and Grenadine after years of work from our husbandry team and now are living happily in our Great Barrier Reef exhibit here at the Aquarium.
In the ‘Education’ category the Discovery and Learning team won Gold for our fantastic Toddler Morning Programme. Our Toddler Mornings have been running for nearly 4 years now and they aim to encourage adults to explore with their children to enjoy, understand and engage with the marine environment. The toddler mornings are currently run by Oleta one of our Hosts. This is a fantastic achievement for the entire Discovery and Learning team as it has had lots of input from past and current staff members.
In the ‘Research’ Category our Lead Researcher Dr Deb Cracknell won 2 golds for her amazing work. One of the golds was for her work titled ‘The role of public aquariums in human health and well-being: which is better – more species or more fish?’ and the other gold was for her work titled ‘Perceptions of biodiversity and their influence on human health and well-being: The importance of context and comparative judgements. Both of these are a great achievements and a reward for Dr Debs who has put a lot of blood, sweat and tears to completing her world class research.
In the BIAZA Photography Awards in the Category ‘Behind the Scenes’, Olly Reed our Marketing and Digital Coordinator was ‘commended’ for a picture of Snorkel the turtle during her illness. His photo was taken at during one of Snorkel final scans before she sadly passed away last year. The photo shows the team working hard to give her the best care possible.
The National Marine Aquarium would like to thank you all for your continued support of our charity. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to carry out the work we do here. Thank you.