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Melanie Knight

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Marine Biologist & Expedition Fundraiser

melanie-knight-with-starfishMelanie Knight is the Founder of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. A catch-and-release facilities for invertebrates and fishes, the Mini Aquarium ignited the local community while exceeding benchmarks in attendance, fundraising and programming during its inaugural year of operation—more than 17,000 people visited the Mini Aquarium where they leaned about the sustainable fisheries and the ecology of the North Atlantic Ocean. Melanie and her team were able to secure $217,000 of support during the six-month period leading up to the opening of the facility. The Mini Aquarium created seven new jobs in the province.

Melanie completed her B.Sc. in Marine Biology with a business minor from Memorial University of Newfoundland, while working at the Vancouver Aquarium as a marine educator and volunteer manager. For the past 10 years, she has worked with the largest and the smallest aquariums in Canada, fostering curiosity about the underwater world.

The Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium has partnered with the 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition which will translate its success in experiential learning using touch tanks or aquariums. In July 2014, Team Sedna will travel to Inuit communities with two mobile aquariums, bringing the ocean to eye level and engaging aboriginal youth in discussions including the marine ecosystem that’s hidden in their back yards and sustainable fisheries.

Melanie is a marine consultant and trainer in volunteer engagement and fundraising. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and K9.

Email Melanie: melaniekight7@gmail.com

Visit Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium Website: http://www.miniaqua.org/