Marine Month of Madness
Galway Atlantiquaria's Marine Month of Madness With the Atlantic ocean at its doorstep
Galway’s Marine Month of Madness With the Atlantic ocean at its doorstep, Galway City has a strong marine heritage and a vibrant community of anglers, sailors, fishermen, divers, scientists, conservationists and many more enthusiasts involved in the marine. The idea of Galway’s Marine Month of Madness was a concept conceived by us at Atlantaquaria and the idea became a reality through the support of many other marine based organisations in Galway.
The month offered children and adults a wonderful opportunity to share, learn and participate in hobbies and interests involving the sea. With 2010 being the Year of Biodiversity we aimed to enhance understanding and appreciation of marine biodiversity through community based participation and education.
A calendar of events was prepared and launched by Galway’s Deputy Mayor Peter Keane at Salthill beach. The calendar showcased a number of marine-related family fun events, activities, lectures and presentations organised for the month. The month commenced with a Family Beach Safari on a local beach and we continued throughout the month with a series of talks/seminars at the aquarium each Wednesday evening. The largest Beach Clean in the country in one day took place on Sunday May 16th. 280 local school children were given guided tours of the Irish Research Vessel, the Celtic Explorer and we participated in Fisheries Awareness Week, a national event. And finally, the month ended with our World Ocean Day celebrations at the aquarium where the highlight of the day was Bjorn the Polar Bear. Press releases appeared in various local papers and family and marine related websites. Local radio covered various events.