Gulfport Plans Aquarium On Site Of Katrina Damaged Library

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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From the despair of hurricane Katrina, a damaged library will be transformed into an impressive new public aquarium. The Aquarium will be built in downtown Gulfport, Mississippi. The total cost of the renovation is estimated at $90 to $120 million. The State will be providingawuairum $24.5 million dollars, but there will be an estimated $80 million dollars still needed to finish the plans. The State is banking on the help of the Restore Act, as a result of the BP oil spill. The tentative name in the works is the Mississippi Aquarium. Here’s hoping everything comes together to bring an exciting new aquarium to a previously devastated area. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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