aerial rendering aquarium project

How will the Aquarium in Port Canaveral Answer this call?

Situated on the shoreline of the Banana River in Port Canaveral, this second campus will leverage the beauty and benefits of natural Florida in an indoor/outdoor visitor experience. Through the aquarium and Conservation Campus, we will 

  • Educate half a million guests per year on environmental action through reducing ocean plastics, supporting sustainable fishing, lessening our impact on the lagoon and becoming more aware of waterway conservation
  • Fund Indian River Lagoon restoration (estimated to be $500,000 annually)
  • Partner with recreational canoe and kayak businesses to provide experiences for guests right on the lagoon
  • Offer immersive interactive science-in-action activities
  • Educate visitors on real-time water quality monitoring and management
  • Expand rehabilitation and release of sea turtles (and closer access to the ocean)
  • Showcase community involvement opportunities in conservation programs

Situated on the shoreline of the Banana River in Port Canaveral, this second campus will leverage the beauty and benefits of natural Florida in an indoor/outdoor visitor experience. Through the aquarium and Conservation Campus, we will 

  • Educate half a million guests per year on environmental action through reducing ocean plastics, supporting sustainable fishing, lessening our impact on the lagoon and becoming more aware of waterway conservation
  • Fund Restoration and Research Projects across the entire length of the lagoon and will become one of the largest funders of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) by dedicating a percentage of every paid aquarium admission going directly to IRL conservation
  • The Aquarium Coastal Conservation Hub will become a center for coordinating and facilitating restoration, research and education efforts across the region
  • Will become another anchor for tourism adding $86 million in sales to the economy and support almost 1000 new jobs
  • Will Make a difference for Sea Turtles. An expanded facility will allow us to rehab and release more of these iconic animals with a new treatment center visible to the public and closer to the ocean
  • Will Attract valuable human capital. We need the best and brightest to move to our region to continue to be the engineering capital of the United States
  • Celebrating the potential of our unique community. We are literally the world’s launching pad to space and we need to take pride in what we offer humankind while protecting our quality of life and our unique waterways
  • Will Make a difference for Manatees. As the epicenter of the mass mortality event that struck manatees last year, we are ramping up our support of manatee conservation. That includes building a rehab facility at the zoo to increase rehab capacity immediately and designing a major rehab facility as a part of the aquariums footprint
  • Fund Indian River Lagoon restoration (estimated to be $500,000 annually)
  • Showcase community involvement opportunities in conservation programs

A New Campus Multiplies Our Impact Where it is needed most

The results of a national survey conducted in 2020 revealed that visitors and residents alike are positive about access to aquarium programs and experiences, particularly when it means it will contribute to conserving Florida’s treasured natural environment. According to survey respondents, the top five issues the public wants to see an aquarium address include: 

TOP 5
SURVEY RESPONSES

  1. Marine animal rescue
  2. Climate resilience
  3. Conserving marine habitats
  4. Conservation education
  5. Sustainable seafood practices
artist renderings of the aquarium project

Multiplying our Economic Impact Through a New Coastal Aquarium

By maintaining healthy waterways, we sustain our recreational lifestyle, protect property values, and safeguard tourism. As shown in an economic impact analysis conducted through the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, the aquarium will attract and retain a high-talent, high-wage workforce to the Space Coast. The aquarium will also allow us to build additional research and innovation partnerships in the region.

the aquarium project

ESTIMATED

1
GUEST VISITS
EACH YEAR

CONTRIBUTING

$ 1 M
ANNUAL
ECONOMIC IMPACT

SUPPORTING

1
JOBS IN
THE REGION

“The aquarium project is one of the only projects proposed for the Indian River Lagoon that will be truly transformational. Building species recovery and habitat restoration capacity is an essential precursor to implement the full-scale restoration work needed to recover this estuary of national significance.”

- Duane De Freese, PHD
Executive Director, Indian River Lagoon Council and Indian River Lagoon National Estuary

Commit to the Future

Help Us Grow

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world-class aquarium on the Space Coast that will engage the region and serve as a center for estuary restoration, stewardship and conservation.