DFO touch tank touring the province

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Get up close and personal with a sea scallop this summer as the aquaculture touch tank visits various festivals and events across the province.

For the third consecutive summer, people around the province will get a hands-on opportunity to discover more about aquaculture, including the impact it has on our economy and food plate.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia are exhibiting a touch tank and display at several community events throughout Nova Scotia.

The touch tank has been a very popular exhibit at past events, and attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year.

This summer, three students have been hired to run the aquaculture outreach program and tour the province with the touch tank. "Our aquaculture outreach program teaches people of all ages about a growing part of our seafood industry," said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. "Aquaculture is a large source of our food supply, and the touch tank provides an interactive opportunity to learn about this important industry."

The touch tank is an interactive, educational display that allows people to see local sea species, including those farmed in the province or affecting aquaculture.

The tank includes such species as sea scallops, mussels, oysters, clams, halibut, rock crab, green crab and starfish.

In addition to the Tall Ships festival that was held in Halifax, the aquaculture display will visit the following events: •July 24-25 – Seafest, Yarmouth, N.S. waterfront •Aug. 1-2 - Cheticamp Oceans Day, Cheticamp, N.S. •Aug. 8-9 - Digby Scallop Days, Digby, N.S. •Aug. 16 - Clam Harbour Sand Castle Competition, Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality •Aug. 23 - Incredible Picnic, Citadel Hill, Halifax, N.S.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, Sand Castle

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Yarmouth Cheticamp

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