Here’s some good news for a national landmark living right here in Baltimore.
Attendance at the National Aquarium rose 2.4 percent last year, according to CEO John Racanelli. That marks the first attendance increase since the recession that has crippled the economy in recent years.
The aquarium drew 1.55 million people in 2012, the first increase since 2006.
“The ocean is a life-support system for all of us that live on the planet,” Racanelli told The Baltimore Sun. “We have a duty to the nation and the world to rally people around the cause of taking care of our life-support system. The next five years could be as important for the health of our oceans and aquatic systems as the last 500.”
Racanelli went on to say that the National Aquarium, which is now over 30 years old, is now attempting to not only entertain, but also to take a stnad for cleaner oceans.
The landmark is even endorsing the Maryland General Assembly‘s proposed bottle deposit bill, which encourages recycling and reducing litter, Racanelli said.
Isn’t it great to see our own national treasure turning things around?
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