In a proposal submitted to Fife Council, St Andrews Aquarium have announced the plans to expand their breeding program. This includes housing for otters and Humboldt penguins.
St Andrews Aquarium is expanding its breeding program, having submitted a planning application to Fife Council in an effort to build into the land adjacent to the existing structure.
Located on the Scores, the aquarium has remained a major tourist attraction ever since its founding twenty years ago, boasting 70,000 visitors per annum. Today, some of their biggest draws include an octopus, two marmosets, and an impressive collection of fish.
The expansion was outlined in a proposal submitted to Fife Council:
The proposal stated, “The western part of the site is in current usage as the seal pool at St Andrews Aquarium. The eastern part was last used as an outdoor swimming pool/lido. This has been closed and the area out of use for several years.
“The planned expansion will incorporate the derelict area of the former outdoor swimming pool. Seawalls will be constructed to enable the area to be utilised by the aquarium”.
The land next to the aquarium is currently authority-owned, but is currently being leased by the aquarium for use as a waterlife park.
The proposed expansion would include housing for part of the aquarium’s breeding program, including otters and Humboldt penguins. The International Union for Conservation of Nature currently lists the Humboldt penguin as “vulnerable”, highlighting the importance of this proposed breeding program in aiding the recovery of the species.
In the design statement submitted as part of the proposal, the aquarium emphasized that the change is meant to “Allow the aquarium to expand its breeding programmes and develop further its educational links.”
It continued, “The raison d’être of the aquarium is to provide a rich education on marine, and some non-marine flora and fauna, to people of all ages.”