All hands on deck: NC Aquariums staff to tackle projects during weeklong closure

Published 5:55 am Wednesday, January 24, 2024

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Beginning the new year on the right fin or paw or flipper is a great way to make things go swimmingly the whole year, noted a news release from North Carolina Aquariums.

“Staff at the North Carolina Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island have a collective resolution to dive into 2024 with a renewed commitment to the animals, visitors, and each other – tackling projects, enhancing animal care, and making sure the Aquariums sparkle and shine,” stated the release. “While the team works on-site, the Aquariums will close to the public Monday, Jan. 29-Friday, Feb. 2.”

The aquariums welcome about 1.2 million visitors throughout the year, including thousands of students, and receive the support of hundreds of volunteers. “Staff look forward to enhancing the excellence in visitor experience and engagement that is the hallmark of a trip to one of the Aquariums,” the release continued.

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“The compassion and unwavering commitment of the North Carolina Aquariums team to the animals and the community is unmatched. It’s important for us to take this time to begin 2024 with momentum and renewed focus on animal well-being and our conservation mission,” said Michael P. Remige, acting director, NC Aquariums.

The aquariums will reopen Saturday, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. Advance tickets are required to visit the aquariums. Visitors can plan ahead and reserve their tickets at

Each site has some priority tasks on the list, including large, multi-day projects which the teams can tackle only while the aquariums are closed.