Look beyond the blue blanket and explore the life that swims, scuttles, slimes, squirts and floats below.
What makes the Mini Aquarium unique?
- Seasonal display of local marine life, from the bay just outside the door
- We collect and release local animals, right back to where they were collected from at the end of the summer season
- Hands-on education with open tanks so visitors can get a closer look and a unique feel of their neighbours
Foster curiosity and get inspired to conserve local marine life.
The mission of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium is to foster curiosity about local marine life and inspire action toward personal and global sustainability through display, interpretation and direct action.
We are a registered non-profit charity which operates a public marine education center which engages visitors in a unique hands-on experience with local marine life located in beautiful Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada,
Get your hands wet
The mini aquarium allows for an intimate, personal learning experience with passionate staff, showcasing local marine life collected right off the coast. Thirty small exhibits in an 800-square foot footprint, the modest building will come to life with the amazing creatures we display and the stories they tell of sustainability and coastal culture.
Catch and Release
On display for just four months, all the animals are returned to the ocean after the season. Check out some of the incredible creatures that will be at the Mini Aquarium for the season.Check out more pictures on Flickr!
Kitchen Party Feel
Small, intimate and beaming with life. Expert staff and volunteers tell stories about the animals’ little secrets and show off the critters one-on-one. You will hear stories and be a part of conversations about our oceans with unlikely strangers. The Mini hopes to be a community hub of ocean conservation.
Keith Moore, Past Executive Director
Keith was the ED from May 2014 - January 2017 bringing his extensive background in science centres across the province working as the Manager, Interpretation & Exhibits at the Johnson GEO CENTRE and as Operations Manager at the Manuals River Hibernia Interpretation Centre for the past eight years combined. Keith continues to volunteer for the Mini Aquarium with fundraising efforts and graphic design.
Photo credit: Joel Upshall
Season 4 - 2016
2016 Staff (L-R) Emily Slade, Sarah Jones, Leah Robertson, Emma Antle, Keith Moore (Director), Pamela Burke (Program and Volunteer Coordinator), Meredith Schofield (Curator), Andrea Making (WISE)
Missing from photo: Karleena Squires, Billi Ann Yetman, Terry Riche, Jessica Barron, Katy Macpherson (Dive Coordinator)
Season 4 - 2015
2015 Staff (L-R) Keith Moore (Director), Pamela Burke (Program and Volunteer Coordinator), Sam Howse, Emily Slade, Karleena Squires, Meredith Schofield (Curator), Leah Robertson, Becca Druken, Billi Ann Yetman (WISE), Katie Doyle
Missing from photo: Terry Riche, Jessica Barron
Season 2 - 2014
Staff 2014 (L-R) Leah Robertson, Meredith Schofield, Kelsey Puddister (Interpreters)
Keith Moore, Desta Frey, Maggie Gregoire (Coordinator of Education Programs and Volunteers)
Season 1 - 2013
Ruby Banwait, Curator 2013
Ruby is an aquarium biologist with experience from the Vancouver Aquarium, specializing in fishes and invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic. Ruby's guidance and leadership as Curator of the Mini Aquariums first season was invaluable. Ruby plans her next adventure of snorkeling through the Northwest Passage in 2016 with Team Sedna.
Interpreters 2013 (L-R)
Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Students 2013
Board of Directors
Melanie Knight, Founder
Melanie Knight is the Founder of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium and past Executive Director. With her BSc in Marine Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Melanie worked with the largest and the smallest aquariums in Canada including the Vancouver Aquarium and the Ucluelet Aquarium, as a marine educator and manager of volunteers. She has worked with United Way and been a director for the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators and Volunteer Resources BC board. Melanie is now a consultant and public speaker. Melanie lives in Vancouver with her husband and K9. firstname.lastname@example.org (Press release)
Kiley Best, Chair
Kiley is a Fisheries Technologist with the Center for Fisheries Ecosystem Research at the Marine Institute. Kiley has been involved in aquatic science for many years since completing her B.Sc. from MUN and a graduate advanced diploma in aquaculture. She has a particular interest in aquatic invasive species which is the focus of her current graduate research as well as keeping the young people of Newfoundland and Labrador interested and informed in ocean sciences. Kiley is also a competitive swimmer and coach. .
Keith Mercer, Vice-Chair
Pamela Burke, Director-at-large
We are privileged to have the following organizations and individuals as advisers:
- Ucluelet Aquarium Society
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Bonne Bay Marine Station
- Dr. Bob Hooper
- Ruby Banwait
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans
- Ocean Quest Adventures
- Petty Harbour Fisherman's Cooperative
- Living Elements Ltd.
- Andy Lamb, author of Marine Fishes of BC and Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest
- Maryn Wallace, Fundraising Strategist
- Naomi Osborne - Communications & PR Consultant
- Michelle Lam - Communications Consultant
- Tejash Chauhan - Risk Management Consultant
- Brenda Frank, MBA.- Strategic Planning Consultant