Dauphin Island, Alabama – The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama’s Marine Research and Education Center, celebrates a milestone for its Alabama Aquarium. For the first time, annual visitation topped more than 100,000 visitors as 2022 closed in on its final two months.
The Alabama Aquarium is the Sea Lab’s public aquarium. In 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed HB136 designating the aquarium to be the official Aquarium of Alabama, highlighting its importance to education and research conducted by the DISL. The bill was championed by District 105 House Representative Chip Brown and District 35 Senator David Sessions.
The Alabama Aquarium shares how the Alabama watershed connects the state from the mountains to the gulf. The visual and interactive exhibits take visitors on a journey through the Mobile Tensaw-Delta and Mobile Bay, along the barrier islands, and into the northern Gulf of Mexico. The aquarium was created to improve ocean literacy and enhance the public understanding and wise stewardship of our coastal resources.
“The Dauphin Island Sea Lab serves the entire state of Alabama’s education system with programs for all ages,” Executive Director Dr. John Valentine said. “The Alabama Aquarium stresses the connection of Alabama’s water resources to our oceans and beyond. Our programs focus on this connection as well.”
The 2022 visitor tally adds to the more than one million students and visitors which have walked through the doors of the aquarium. The aquarium is open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March 1 to September 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September 2 to February 28.
Angela Levins, PR Director, DISL
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