Zoological Survey of India

Zoological Survey of India

Zoological Survey of India, Govt. Of India
 
MOEF

The Marine Aquarium

MARC is the largest inbuilt marine aquarium in the country and equipped with two sections viz. marine and fresh water. Marine section in the aquarium equipped with 22 tanks of each 10000 litre capacity and 2 large sizes of 17000 litre capacities. The fresh water section consists of another 8 small tanks. The aquarium has different divisions of exhibits i.e. the species of conservation importance, the local, ornamental species, rescued species and freshwater species. Every day, there are about 1000 peoples visiting the aquarium. The research wing extends facilities to all accredited researchers, working in the field of physical, biological, chemical and socioeconomic aspects of coastal marine ecosystem.
The Aquarium opened to the public on 4th February, 2003. The aquarium wing consists of 24 large aquarium tanks. Species exhibited include sea anemones, horse-shoe crabs, fiddler crabs, lobsters, starfishes, sharks, rays, terapons, scatophagus, sucker fish, groupers, eels, butterfly fishes, sea snakes, lionfishes, clown fishes, tang fish, puffer fishes, wrasses, damsels,    hermitcrabs, etc. The centre is able to contribute information on various aspects of coastal and marine biodiversity, bio-monitoring of sea water, life history of animals in captivity, besides education and mass awareness programme. MARC aquarium is equipped with sea water circulation system and advanced filtration unit. The aquarium tanks are equipped with compressed air supply, light and regulated supply of inflow and outflow of water. The aquarium has three divisions of exhibits, the species of conservation importance, the local and curious species and freshwater species. The species diversity in the aquarium is maintained through collections during the survey throughout the coastal area, local surveys and collections as well as rescued species. Altogether, 2,50,000 litres of marine water is required to be supplied uninterruptedly to these aquaria so as to maintain the live animals on sustained basis. The sea water drawn through submersible pump from intake well, this is adjacent to aquarium complex. The water then passed through the sedimentation tanks followed by filtration unit.