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Sharjah Aquarium Showcases Achievements, Initiatives On World Oceans Day

Sharjah Aquarium, under the Sharjah Museums Authority, has established itself as a leading recreational and educational centre that significantly contributes to environmental awareness and marine life conservation through numerous initiatives and achievements, since its opening in 2008.

Speaking on the occasion of World Oceans Day, observed on 8th June, Rashid Al Shamsi, Curator of Sharjah Aquarium, said, “Throughout the year, the Aquarium offers various educational programmes targeting all age groups, from students to researchers and the general public.”

These programmes include educational tours and interactive workshops that focus on the marine environment and the necessity of preserving it and its biodiversity.

Al Shamsi added that the aquarium's efforts are highlighted through organising numerous awareness campaigns, initiatives, and participation in scientific research aimed at protecting endangered marine species, improving the environmental conditions of the oceans, and encouraging sustainable behaviours.

Sharjah Museums Authority, represented by Sharjah Aquarium, is joining the international community in celebrating World Oceans Day by participating in the "Beauty of the Marine Environment" initiative in collaboration with Khorfakkan University.

The aquarium’s participation reflects its full commitment to protecting the marine environment and continuing efforts towards a sustainable future for the coming generations.

It achieves this through various initiatives, workshops, campaigns, and unique programs under its social responsibility initiative "Because We Care," which aims to educate the public on the importance of preserving the marine environment and raise awareness about the dangers of pollution caused by irresponsible behaviours, such as the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Release Program, the annual carnival, and the annual "Clean Up" campaign.

Additionally, regular workshops allow visitors to feed fish and touch marine creatures, bringing the public closer to the marine environment and encouraging better protection efforts.

As part of the initiative targeting different community members, including Khorfakkan University students, the aquarium offers two workshops: one for families and another for university students.

The event also features characters interacting with the public, interactive screens within the aquarium, displays of diverse fish species, and entertaining activities such as face painting.

The celebration includes a lecture by Khorfakkan University titled "Under the Waves: Exploring the Hidden World of Coral Reefs in the UAE." During their visit to the aquarium, university students participate in various activities and engage in a specialised scientific lecture on marine and ocean environments.

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