MSAQ Update

Mississippi Aquarium Update

For Immediate Release  

April 20, 2020

Construction

As we near the second month of social distancing and stay-at-home regulations, Mississippi Aquarium construction continues. Roy Anderson Corp. proactively implemented onsite medical screenings for anyone visiting the construction site. Additionally, all workers are following strict and thorough instructions as advised by the CDC – this includes ensuring workers keep at least 6ft apart and sanitation protocols.

Campus Progress  

There is significant progress taking place all over campus. The scaffolding surrounding the iconic sails has been removed. The sails represent the three foundations of the Aquarium: Education, Conservation and Community.  

Life is already making its way onto Mississippi Aquarium grounds. Trees and lush greenery are being planted all around the site. The campus will consist of over 50 distinct species of non-toxic plants and will have representative native plant species from all seven of Mississippi’s physiographic regions. Southern Magnolia trees, Drake Elm trees and Bald Cypress trees are just a few of the trees that have been planted on campus. The landscaping will continue to grow and flourish throughout the years to come.  

Animal Care

Although it seems life itself is at a standstill, the work never stops for those who care for the animals. Quality animal care is the priority and the Aquarium is very thankful to have experienced staff to provide for the animals in our care. Our animal care staff has created a shift system that allows for the recommended personal limits as put forward by the CDC. The Aquarium has also increased the frequency of the established sanitation process in an overabundance of caution.  

Educational Resources

Due to an overwhelming local and regional response to the educational resources made available on the Aquarium website, the education team has been dedicating much time and effort to making sure resources are updated frequently.  
Educational Resources Available Online: https://www.msaquarium.org/resources

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