History Today, about 150,000 people visit the Aquarium.
Opening of the outdoor turtle pond.
July 2013 : Opening of a new exhibit concerning seagrass environments, with a panoramic viewing turret.
September 2012 : Operation “Baby turtles”. As part of a large scientific project, release of about 50 baby turtles equipped with tracking transmitters. Members of the public were encouraged to “sponsor” a baby turtle each.
September 2011 : Opening of the new PHE (Experimental wet environment facility) building, designed to host and acclimatize new specimens and for various research activities.
July 2011 : Opening of the flashlight fish display (photoblepharons).
Opening of a new “mangrove” display, presenting, among others, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and, in their own raised pond, mud crabs.
Demolition of the original Aquarium buildings to make room for the new PHE (Experimental wet facility) building designed to host and acclimatize new specimens, and for various research activities.
Formal opening of the new ‘Aquarium des Lagons’, a public establishment jointly administered by the Territory of New Caledonia, the Southern Province and the City of Noumea.
Closing of the old Aquarium de Noumea
It had been obvious since the 90’s that the old Aquarium badly needed renovating, but the original buildings were too dilapidated to be worth fixing. It was decided to demolish and build anew. The design process was complex, and construction ...
The Aquarium is puchased by the City of Noumea and becomes the municipal Aquarium.
The Aquarium of Noumea is the first in the world to display live nautilus.
René Catala, founder of the Aquarium, discovers the fluorescent qualities of certain corals.
Opening of the new Aquarium de Nouméa, founded by Dr René Catala and his wife Ida Stucki.
From an early age René Catala, a native of the Vosges region of France, took an interest in the natural sciences, and particularly the ...