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Save our reefs: New program at Discovery Cove SeaWorld

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

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When you swim with the fish at SeaWorld, you are now helping the world’s fragile ocean reefs.

The new program at Discovery Cove helps support conservation research for the ocean reefs.

Rising Tide Conservation is an innovative initiative – started by SeaWorld and now including universities, professional aquarists, aquaculture facilities and retail pet supply companies as partners —   that promotes efforts to breed and raise marine tropical fish in aquaculture facilities rather than collecting them in the wild. Collection of marine tropical fish can cause damage to both the reef and the ecosystem it sustains.

Discovery Cove directly participates in the program by collecting and donating fish eggs that otherwise would not hatch and purchasing fish that have been raised through the program. The eggs that are collected are sent to partner laboratories in the program to be utilized in breeding research.

The Grand Reef at Discovery Cove, which all guests can swim and snorkel in, is now home to hundreds of fish that have been aquacultured through this initiative, and hundreds more that are involved in the research program by providing eggs.

Additionally, new this year, guests who participate in the SeaVenture program also will directly help support Rising Tide Conservation, as the park is donating five percent of every program purchased.

“Rising Tide Conservation is a forward-thinking, innovative program that will have long-term, positive impacts on whole reef-based ecosystems and we are proud of our company’s long-held support of it,” said Discovery Cove Vice President Stewart Clark. “Now guests, too, can see firsthand – and be a part of – the efforts of multiple groups working together to help save reefs.”

What is SeaVenture?
SeaVenture is an innovative “underwater walking tour” through an oceanic world teeming with marine life.

Guests wear a dive helmet to feel at home under the sea, and SCUBA certification is not required.  During their underwater excursion, guests come eye-to-eye with sharks; touch unique animals, fish and velvety rays; and are surrounded by schools of feeding fish – all with the massive open reef as the backdrop. Pricing for Discovery Cove admission, plus the added SeaVenture program, starts at $218 plus tax per person.


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