With one of the largest aquariums on the east coast of Canada, the Museum is the perfect place to see eye-to-eye with a North Atlantic cod and enjoy a chuckle with a laughing jack (ocean pout). Lobsters, halibut, eels, scallops, crab, trout and Atlantic whitefish are just a sampling of the underwater crew of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic!
The cornerstone of the display is the seven foot high vista tank, which holds 6000 gallons of water. The aquarium has eleven salt water and three fresh water tanks, with three enclosed water systems.
The multi-media display includes interactive computer screens, tantalizing visitors with questions like: “Do fish sleep?” “How do you tell a cod’s age?” “How do lobsters grow?” Young and old alike delight in the underwater décor and dazzling denizens of the deep.
The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic works closely with the Atlantic Whitefish Conservation and Recovery Team. The endangered and protected Atlantic whitefish can be seen in the Museum aquarium as part of the recovery work. Atlantic whitefish are only found in the wild in the Petite Riviere area of Lunenburg County. They are not found anywhere else in the world and are the oldest evolutionary link (the most primitive) of all North American whitefishes.