Each centre combines modern glass and display technology, biological expertise and entertainment to provide themed journeys through European and tropical waters. This often provides close encounters with sealife from shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays.
Sealife centres also claim to champion the cause of marine conservation, through education, awareness and, wherever possible, direct action.
SOS supports the work of numerous wildlife charities and campaign groups including Greenpeace, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Each centre also has a headline campaign which change on an annual or bi-annual basis, which in the past have called for increased protection for Loggerhead Sea Turtles, and restrictions on the practice of shark-finning.
The North Belfast Respect Programme is organised by the Ashton Community Trust (ACT), OFMDFM and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. ACT started in the 1980s as a small organisation in the New Lodge area of north Belfast. The trust now has an annual turnover of over Pounds 3m and employs over 130 people in its five centres.
Sep 23, 2010; The North Belfast Respect Programme is organised by the Ashton Community Trust (ACT), OFMDFM and the Northern Ireland Housing...