I don’t think there will ever be a point in my life where sustainability, and in particular sustainable tourism, will not be something that I aim for. How lucky am I then to live in a city with one of the UK’s premier sustainable attractions – the National Marine Aquarium. Green Tourism Gold certification, conservation and education at the core of everything they do and entrance now valid for a year, it is fair to say there has never been a better time to visit.
Who doesn’t love Friday the Green Turtle?
Being able to go with my family is the other reason I have found myself there twice already this year. My nieces love it and combined with a walk around the Hoe, or Barbican and Sutton Harbour, everything adds up to being a great couple of hours. Even if the girls whizz through in just over an hour, being able to go back again on your own (or when they decide they want to see the fish next) means it never feels like an issue compared to other places you may pay an entry fee for.
The Rock-Pools are always a favourite with my family
With Plymouth gearing up for Marine National Park status and aiming to achieve the below core principles in the process, the partnership between city, University, Blue Marine Foundation and National Marine Aquarium has never been more important. Support for this place could literally mean you get to have better facilities and recreation for years to come. Plus you can grab sustainable Fish and Chips or an Ice-Cream afterwards. What more do you want?
I honestly could watch the Octopus for hours
- Encourage the community to understand, enjoy, value and care for the marine and coastal environment;
- Strengthen existing marine conservation objectives and involve the local community;
- Establish a world leading demonstration centre for a range of marine technologies including marine autonomous systems;
- Ensure those from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to enjoy the same opportunities to access the marine environment as others;
- Improve and enhance sustainable tourism, commercial fishing, recreation, shipping and marine services;
- Improve community health and wellbeing by increasing access for recreation
How cool a job would scuba-diving to feed fish be?!
The only downside to supporting this local attraction that I can see is that after going with my nieces I can’t get Baby Shark out of my head… Oh well do-do-do-do-do-do!
Plymouth’s 2nd National Park after Dartmoor? I hope so!