Open day at Derry’s aquarium

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The Riverwatch Aquarium and Visitor Centre in Prehen are hosting a public open day on Saturday May, 14 from 10am to 4pm.

The open day is being held to celebrate Fisheries Awareness Week and launch the installation of three new aquarium tanks.

The new aquariums were part funded by the NITB Tourism Development Scheme.

There will be a range of activities taking place from fly casting instruction, fly tying workshops, marine touch tanks and arts and crafts during the event.

Gillian Simpson from the Loughs Agency said ‘thanks to Northern Ireland Tourist Board we now have 8 marine and freshwater aquarium tanks in the Riverwatch Centre stocked with a variety of local species.

They provide a window to a wonderful underwater world and I would encourage everyone to come along and see them for themselves.

Admission is always FREE to Riverwatch so the perfect place for a family trip’.

The aims of Fisheries Awareness Week are: To encourage adults and children alike who may never have fished before to take up a new hobby

To work with angling clubs and organisations to promote all types of angling

To promote the role of the fisheries service has in protection and conserving our fisheries resources.

The Loughs Agency is an agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC) established under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The Chief Executive of the Loughs Agency is Mr Derick Anderson.