Staff take stock

  • 11 January, 2021
  • On the pier


Staff at Clacton Pier are undertaking an important stock count of all species
in its seaquarium.

The annual exercise is being carried out by two full-time aquarists
employed at the landmark attraction.

Despite the site currently being closed due to Covid restrictions, vital
work is still going on behind the scenes.

The Pier has had the seaquarium since the 1980s and it aims to raise
awareness about sea life found in local waters and also promote conservation.

Among the species on display are smooth hound sharks, red-bellied
piranha, clown fish, terrapins, and turtles.

All need to be fed and looked after on a daily basis and the Pier works
closely with a DEFRA vet to ensure that it meets the required high standards.

Director Billy Ball said the seaquarium is regularly inspected and has
to comply with very strict rules and regulations.

“We have brought in significant improvements in recent years, such as a
fish welfare unit which is kitted out with equipment such as quarantine holding
tanks for any new arrivals,” he said.

“We take our ethical responsibilities very seriously. As well as looking
after our stock we need to ensure we pass the necessary tests for our zoo licence.

“It is not a sea life centre by any means, but it is somewhere customers
can find out more about what is in the sea around us and learn about how we
need to protect it for the future.”

The licence required is on the same lines as those for Colchester Zoo
and Southend Sea Life Centre.



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