We are excited to share the story of Mississippi Aquarium with our media partners. Please send all media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will answer questions and assist in arranging interviews. Every effort will be made to respond to media requests within a reasonable timeframe.
The Public Relations and Communications Manager will connect you with designated Aquarium staff for interviews. Media requests made directly to Mississippi Aquarium employees will be routed back to the Public Relations and Communications Manager for consideration.
Mississippi Aquarium supports an efficient, service-oriented effort to respond to both public inquiries and media requests for information and/or assistance relating to the organization. We welcome the responsibility to keep the public informed and encourage their involvement in their community resources. We acknowledge the vital role the media serves towards this effort.
The goal of this policy is to ensure:
• the safety of the staff, animals and the public
• an efficient and accurate response to media and public inquiries
• response to media requests without negatively impacting our visitor experience
• the timely completion of staff duties
The safety of our animals, guests and staff is always our top priority. The Public Relations and Communications Manager will consult with the VP of Veterinary Services and/or VP of Animal Care to determine what level of access may be allowed under any given set of circumstances. This also applies to public areas that are barricaded to the public during an emergency, animal transfer or other irregular activities.Contact with staff for background information, sound bytes, scheduling, etc. will be made by contacting the Public Relations and Communications Manager to ensure accurate and timely response to media representatives.
Members of the media are welcome to conduct live broadcasts at Mississippi Aquarium. Locations will be determined by the Public Relations and Communications Manager based on animal, guest and employee safety and other factors. Any cabling run through grounds must be away from high foot-traffic areas and taped down to minimize hazards. The Aquarium’s entry plaza is also available for live shots.
CTA Parking Garage
401 20th Avenue Gulfport, MS 39501RATES:
$2 for 1 hour
$4 for 2 hours
$10 for 2 plus hours
There is also free street parking on and around 15th street behind the Aquarium.
Once parked, please meet the designated representative from the Marketing Team on the front entry plaza (near the Sails) and access to the Aquarium will be given.
For this policy, a drone is defined as "an unmanned aerial vehicle" (UAV) or "an unmanned aircraft system" (UAS). This restriction applies to privately owned and media outlet drones and is extended to any equipment affiliated with the drone.For the safety and well-being of our guests and animals, the launching and/or operation of a UAS (drone) from or above Mississippi Aquarium property is strictly prohibited. Mississippi Aquarium does on occasion operate a UAS (drone). This operation is in strict accordance with FAA guidelines and the operator in constant communication with staff members to ensure the welfare of our guests and animals. Any unauthorized operation of Unmanned Aircrafts (Drones) over MSAQ property will be reported to law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Reaching the hearts and minds of all guests by connecting them with the planet’s most precious ecosystems is the driving force behind Mississippi Aquarium’s Education Department. The education programs are designed to inspire, connect and instill not only respect for the marine environment but also empower conservation action and promote sustainable choices for the future.
Mississippi Aquarium’s Aquatic Research Center will be the foundation of our conservation efforts. Making the connection with the aquatic world through education and biology inspires individuals, families and communities to “take action” for conservation. The Aquarium’s research and conservation programs will make the maximum contribution to regional science and education while being integrated into the cultural, scientific and educational foundation of Mississippi.
Mississippi is a special community, deeply rooted in its culture. Mississippi Aquarium will create lasting memories of our state’s rich cultural diversity. The Aquarium is not only an icon for Coastal Mississippi, but it is also a pillar for the entire state of Mississippi. The Aquarium is committed to working with our aquatic community on research and conservation efforts to improve our waterways for those that call them home.
Mississippi Aquarium is an anchor for economic development in and around the downtown Gulfport area. Nearly 100 full-time jobs will be created by Mississippi Aquarium. Additionally, part-time and volunteer opportunities will also be available after opening. Within the local area, employment growth will be seen due to the number of visitors that are expected to come into the area.