Seattle Aquarium needs critical support
SEATTLE — The Seattle Aquarium predicts it has lost a quarter of its revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Looking ahead to possibly reopening, it expects to take an even bigger hit. The typical busy season may be its slowest.
It has recently shifted most of its programs online. The virtual dive shows let people experience the aquarium inside their homes.
“We’re keeping up our conservation research programs, continuing our microplastic research, we are still a conservation organization even when our doors are closed,” said Brad Rutherford, Seattle Aquarium’s chief operating officer. Rutherford said the aquarium has made significant changes during the pandemic. Payroll was cut by 50% and new safety measures were implemented.