The Aquarium

Tones of fish at the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre

We should really say "aquariums" because we have more tanks than any other aquarium in Atlantic Canada. (But we don't like to brag...)

You'll find a whooping 31 indoor exhibit tanks, 21 large and 10 small, some freshwater and others saltwater. (That doesn't include the outdoor pool for the Harbour seals and the seasonal touch tank, oh, and the 150 reserve and research tanks behind the scenes!).

With more than 50 families and 100 species in residence, we can't put the whole gang together.
 
Our experts have created special microhabitats in different aquariums to make each species feel right at home. In fact, the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre, is one of the few aquariums to use real sea water, pumped in from Shippagan Harbour, instead of making saltwater from freshwater as most aquariums do. (Nothing but the best for our guests!)
 
Originally designed as a closed-circuit aquarium with a capacity of 13 litres/minute water recirculation, major modifications introduced from the very start of operations have transformed it into a state-of-the-science open and closed circuit aquarium with a healthy flow of 1,150 litres/minute. It all adds up to 90,000 litres of saltwater and 50,000 litres of freshwater exhibits. What does that really mean to the average visitor? Wear comfy shoes. There's plenty to see!
 
The aquarium features two main classes of fish : Selachii or Chondrichthyes (skates, sharks and chimaeras) and Pisces or Osteichthyes (bony fish).
 
You'll see everything from mackerel, gaspereau and flounder, to suckers, crustaceans, mollusks and echinoderms going about their daily lives.