Visit the Sea Trust “Marine Wildlife Exhibition” in the Ocean Lab, Fishguard Harbour and see what lies beneath the waves in the harbour and our Pembrokeshire coastal waters. Watch our video of whales and dolphins including footage of a “super-pod” of common dolphins we filmed off the Pembrokeshire coast. See our marine aquariums featuring a surprising variety of colourful and weird fish, including octopus, crabs and lobsters.
Sea Trust is a not-for-profit community interest company dedicated to looking after marine wildlife and keeping the Ocean Lab open for the benefit of locals and visitors. To help pay for the upkeep of the building we ask that you make a small donation – £2 for adults, £1 for children under 16 and £5 for families
As well as our exhibition the Ocean Lab houses Jude’s Café and shop (entry free) where a large range of fresh cooked food and cakes + hot and cold drinks are available, and a toddler’s soft play area (5 & under) – £1 per child, parental supervision required.
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Previously the marine arm of the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, we moved away from WTSWW when funding was reduced so as not to affect their grant income. We are now based in the Ocean Lab in Goodwick, where we have developed a display of marine aquaria full of examples of a variety of ecosystems showcasing our fantastic local marine wildlife. The Ocean Lab also works as a base from where we take out school and college groups to learn more about marine wildlife. We also travel around the county raising awareness of our marine life, in particular our whales, dolphins and porpoises through presentations, hosting public events and talks.
As well as promoting the local coastal and marine life, we monitor the wildlife on our coastline and in the Irish Sea by regular surveys which have taken place for the last 10 years, with thanks to Stena Line. One of our main focuses is the harbour porpoise. Pembrokeshire is one of the best places in the UK (if not world!) to see porpoises, and Strumble Head is a particular hotspot. This year, we have made it our aim to get our porpoises the protection and recognition they require. We hold regular porpoise watching events at Strumble Head, and are constantly monitoring their behaviour in our waters.
We also work in conjunction with Pembrokeshire College to deliver our Wildlife Observer Wales (WOW) courses, which run throughout the summer and autumn on a range of subjects from seals to seabirds. We hope to enthuse the next generation of wildlife observers!
As well as our ferry surveys, we regularly survey the marine life from small boats around the Pembrokeshire coast, in the Bristol Channel and out in the Celtic Deep. We have developed these surveys as an eco-tourism platform and take out keen wildlife spotters – we make no profit from these trips, the customers will purely cover the cost of the boat and mean we can get two surveyors on board.
As a not for profit organisation, we rely heavily on the hard work, hours and dedication that our wonderful volunteers put in, as well as donations and grant funding. Our work is supported by Natural Resources Wales, Environment Wales, Conygar Investment Company plc and the Welsh Assembly Government.
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Wonderful place to learn about the pembrokeshire marine life and theres always a friendly smiling face to greet u xEmily Hancock