Every month, New England Aquarium President and CEO Vikki Spruill takes to Facebook Live for a casual conversation with a member of our team.

For her April 23, 2019, Harborside Chat, Vikki spoke with Glenn Remick, Director of Project Management, Exhibits, and Planning for the New England Aquarium, and the man behind our new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Community!

Vikki Spruill and Glenn Remick speak in front of the new exhibit.
Which coral reef communities are featured at the New England Aquarium?

These conversations highlight the work of our staff and scientists, tapping into their areas of expertise to better understand current issues and learn how their work reinforces the Aquarium’s mission to protect the blue planet. During their talk, Vikki and Glenn chatted about what goes into creating a large exhibit, how aquariums can help the public experience faraway ecosystems, and the dangers facing the world’s coral reefs. 

Watch the Full Livestream! 

Harborside Chat with Vikki Spruill: April 2019

See the new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit!

Indo Pacific Coral Reef

This 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling, concave habitat highlights one of the most happening neighborhoods in the ocean: an Indo-Pacific coral reef. 

It also offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate the similarities and differences with the Caribbean coral reef featured in our four-story Giant Ocean Tank and a dazzling setting to engage the public about climate change impacts on coral reefs around the globe.

The coral was handmade and painted by Aquarium artists. The habitat inside is so accurate that it can be hard to tell it isn’t real. Coral reefs are found throughout the Earth’s tropical and subtropical oceans. Indo-Pacific coral reefs comprise the tropical waters off the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean.

Conservation Context

Appreciated for their beauty and spectacular biodiversity, coral reefs are also critical components to ocean health. They are nurseries to thousands of fish species, many of which could not survive without these unique habitats. Earth’s coral reefs support more than 4,000 species of fishes, 800 types of hard corals, and hundreds of other species of marine life. Those found in the Indo-Pacific are more diverse and complex than anywhere else in the world!
Unfortunately, coral reefs are rapidly disappearing worldwide, primarily due to climate change and other human impacts. The loss of coral reefs to bleaching has dire consequences for marine animals and humans alike. Coral reefs have the best chance to adapt if humans slow climate change and reduce other human-caused stresses.