Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 17, 2021 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 17, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, June 17, 2021
Discovery Wharf opens doors after year-long hiatus
The Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries on Atlantic Avenue in Stonington has announced the reopening of its marine education center, Discovery Wharf. The interpretive center will open its doors beginning Tuesday, June 22, with a limited schedule and new reservation system.
Discovery Wharf has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the country and world, but it was closed to the public last summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a news release reports. The use of a booking system this season will allow staff to follow CDC, state, and local guidelines as well as proper cleaning procedures in between visitors to ensure a safe experience for everyone.
Visitors can enjoy the marine touch tank, interactive display wall, and virtual reality exhibit. This year’s VR exhibit will feature new experiences, including scallop and offshore lobster fishing, a tour of an oyster farm, and ice fishing. Visitors can also expect to see a familiar face when being welcomed by Captain Leroy Weed, the star of MCCF’s online video series, “Ask Leroy!”
Executive Director Paul Anderson said, “We are looking forward to meeting visitors at our location on Stonington Harbor so we can continue to help people understand fishing and the seafood economy of eastern Maine.”
Discovery Wharf will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parties of up to eight individuals can make their reservations online today. Advanced booking is available at picktime.com/discoverywharf. Reservations are required and hours are subject to change. Visitor guidelines and more information about MCCF can be viewed at coastalfisheries.org.