With sadness for the farewell, they celebrate 41st anniversary of Acuario Mazatlán

Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- The Mazatlán Aquarium celebrated its 41st anniversary, and he did it with the taste of farewell, well will soon close its doors and its liquidated personnel, before the arrival of the new Central Park and its Aquarium.

“Yes, it is a farewell, as it was determined some time ago, but we believe that the institution will continue to live in the hearts of the Mazatlecos,” he said. Pablo Gerardo Rojas Zepeda, director of the Mazatlán Aquarium, after finishing the ceremony held this Monday afternoon at the Aquarium Auditorium.

During the ceremony, Rojas Zepeda made a count from the birth of the Mazatlán Aquarium, on September 13, 1980, with 52 ponds, marine museum, auditorium and botanical garden, until today.

María Cruz Morelos, a former Mazatlán Aquarium worker, who died recently. Photo: Debate

He also gave a detailed report of the achievements of the Mazatlán Aquarium in the current municipal administration, such as a greater entry of visitors so far in 2021 compared to the total of 2020, in times of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in monetary income: While in 2020 they were just over 43 million 793 thousand pesos, so far in 2021 they are just over 75 million 809 thousand pesos.

He also spoke of vehicles acquired, works carried out, adaptation to the new normal, and highlighted the adaptation of the failed shark to new penguin, which cost almost 30 million pesos, with the support of Mayor Luis Benítez.

He also highlighted those programs in which children from rural and urban areas of Mazatlán can visit the Aquarium, regardless of the distance, and without paying a single peso.

María Isabel Gamboa González de Chicuate, a member of the Aquarium’s council, congratulated the great team of the Mazatlán Aquarium, and José de Jesús Flores Segura, secretary of the City Council, on behalf of the mayor, expressed his approval for all the achievements.

They recognized employees for 10 and 20 years of work, and especially Ruth Rocha, for 27 years, Tomás Ramírez, for 30 years, and Víctor Flores, for 40 years. There were video messages and several times María de los Ángeles Cruz Morelos, head of the Education Department, recently deceased, was recalled.

After the event, Rojas Zepeda confirmed that there are currently about 140 base and trusted employees, and that all will be liquidated in the coming months, when the new Central Park and the new Aquarium come into operation, projected to open in the spring of 2022.

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He added that talks are being held so that some of these people are rehired, in addition to talking about the continuity of programs such as that of sea turtles and Humboldt penguins, of other projects that the Aquarium has, and it will also be seen with federal authorities what will happen to the animals that are currently kept.

It should be noted that for months a restructuring has been carried out in the Aquarium and dozens of people have been liquidated.

Pablo Gerardo Rojas Zepeda, director of the Mazatlán Aquarium. Photo: Debate

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