Save The Bay introduces new aquarium to Block Island audience

Fri, 09/09/2022 - 1:45pm
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During an August 30 presentation hosted by and at the Block Island Maritime Institute, Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone unveiled the latest details regarding Save The Bay’s Hamilton Family Aquarium in Newport to a Block Island audience. The new aquarium, which will build upon the success of Save The Bay’s smaller existing Exploration Center and Aquarium on Easton’s Beach will present a new opportunity for the Rhode Island community to immerse itself in the world beneath the waves of Narragansett Bay.
“I want to acknowledge and thank all the many partners of ours on the island, many of whom are represented here this evening. It’s always a pleasure to be out here,” noted Stone before diving into details about the aquarium that highlighted the site’s habitat-based exhibits, community room, interactive displays, project timeline, and more. With its own recently expanded aquarium and marine life center, BIMI was pleased to host the event. When introducing Stone, BIMI President, Doug MacDougall noted: “We are in awe and inspired by the tremendous progress that Save The Bay has accomplished, and look forward to a growing partnership as we share a similar mission to educate future generations on the extraordinary saltwater environment around us.”
The event was co-hosted by the Block Island Conservancy, Block Island Land Trust, The Committee for the Great Salt Pond, and The Nature Conservancy.
“The island principles of conservation and community are in perfect harmony with the goals and efforts of Save The Bay,” said Sven Risom, who represented The Committee for the Great Salt Pond at the event.
Audience members reacted enthusiastically to the news of the new aquarium and also asked how the work of Save The Bay benefited the island.
In response, Stone noted: “When we advocate for Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s coastal waters, we are advocating for policies and legislation that benefit Block Island as well. Our advocacy helps secure resources that will help keep vulnerable habitats resilient in the face of climate change; we speak up to ensure that our state agencies have the resources they need to protect the environment; and we speak out when agencies - like CRMC - are in dire need of reform.”
Save The Bay’s Hamilton Family Aquarium is slated to open in the summer of 2023. To learn more about the project and how to support it, visit savebay.org/a-new-aquarium-a-new-experience or contact Maureen Fogarty at mfogarty@savebay.org.
Founded in 1970, the Rhode Island-based nonprofit Save The Bay seeks to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its 1,705-square-mile watershed. The organization works to achieve its vision of a fully swimmable, fishable Narragansett Bay, accessible to all, through its advocacy, education, and habitat restoration and adaptation work. Learn more about Save The Bay at www.savebay.org.