Over the past few months, we have undertaken a comprehensive assessment of the facility to determine whether it continues to meet both Merlin and industry standards. This included a full review of the building as well as other infrastructure upgrades including accessibility and compliance.
After this thorough and lengthy review, we have made the difficult decision to announce our intention to close the facility when its lease expires in the summer of 2018. This conclusion has been reached with a heavy heart and we are working closely with all of those involved to ensure a smooth transition.
Our announcement allows us the time to make the necessary preparations while providing guests an opportunity to visit the attraction ahead of closure. This will include ensuring our beloved marine animals are transferred to new homes within other SEA LIFE attractions in Australia as smoothly as possible.
The transfer of our animals is a complex job that requires careful planning and management; our experts have safely transferred many animals in the past and we are confident we can ensure a successful relocation for every one of them, with transfers beginning from early next year.
The attraction's important ethos of Breed, Rescue and Protect will continue to live on via rescue and rehabilitation projects at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, as well as Sustainable Organisations of Manly (So Manly) at a local level.
More information on a program of community engagement will be made available on our website and social media pages.