Founded in 1972, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) recycled this abandoned waste water treatment plant to help the local marine life. The purpose was to rescue marine animals, treat them and get them back into their natural habitat. Some of those non-releasable animals have made CMA their home. Today, CMA provides a permanent home to nearly 50 residents.
Through the success of our Dolphin Tale movies, we have generated tremendous interest in our work with more than 2 million people visiting CMA and learning about our work.
In order to meet the increasing demands of:
- Our rescue, rehab and release efforts
- Educating the next generation on marine and environmental conservation
- Expanding research into saving the lives of animals
- Meeting the needs of the hundreds of children and veterans who have bonded to Winter through adversity
- Providing the most compelling experience for the families to come see our work
The result is, we must expand!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Downtown Plan
Clearwater Marine Aquarium unveiled its design for a new facility that will be located in downtown Clearwater, slated to break ground Fall 2015. The new plan portrays a marine rescue center that allows visitors to experience and be educated on marine life. Featuring rescued animals along with a working animal hospital, the new facility will provide an even greater experience to the general public to understand the impact humans have on marine life and the importance of preserving our environment. Included in the plans is an interactive otter habitat, dolphin viewing area, an animal release educational exhibit along with an opportunity for guests to be involved in participatory mock dolphin rescues.
Highlights of the new design include:
- Mission focused facility of rescue, rehab and release
- Enhanced space and more natural habitats for non releasable animals
- State of the art facilities to treat and rehabilitate the animals
- Educating people of all ages
David Yates, CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium stated, "It’s all about the 3 R’s that we do: rescue, rehab and release. We show guests what we do, how we do it, but also having a downtown facility allows us to have an expanded, larger hospital here in our current facility, so the end result is two buildings both promoting our mission."
Contact the Development Office
Lee Behensky at 727-441-1790 x233
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