Dauphin Island Sea Lab named official aquarium of Alabama
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. – This week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill designating the Dauphin Island Sea Lab aquarium as Alabama’s official aquarium.
HB136 designates the aquarium as the official aquarium of Alabama.
Read the full statement from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab below:
“Rivers meander through the Alabama landscape, shaping communities as you travel from east to west and north to south. At the tip of Dauphin Island, where these rivers meet the sea, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s public aquarium connects the dots and highlights the importance of the Alabama watershed to industry and recreation statewide. .
“This week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed HB136 designating the Sea Lab aquarium as the official Alabama aquarium, underscoring its importance to education and research conducted by DISL.
“This aquarium highlights the importance of each habitat, introduces you to the animals and plants that call them home, and describes the research conducted by DISL scientists to ensure the health of our state’s remarkable coastal resources.
“Since 1998, more than a million students and visitors have passed through the doors of the aquarium. Visual and interactive exhibits take visitors on a mobile journey through Tensaw-Delta and Mobile Bay, along the barrier islands and into the northern Gulf of Mexico. The aquarium was created to improve knowledge of the oceans and improve public understanding and wise management of our coastal resources.
“The aquarium is open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March 1 to September 1 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September 2 to February 28.”
Dauphin Island Marine Laboratory