The Achill Experience Aquarium and Visitors Centre is dedicated to raising awareness on the important role we as humans can play in protecting the environment in our daily lives. We also strive to implement sustainable practices wherever we can within the aquarium. This is achieved through a variety of ways.
Here at the Achill Experience we have a variety of salt water and fresh water tanks that house a variety of different species, both native and tropical. Our fresh water is collected from rainwater and is then heated to the required temperatures. In doing so we are utilising a clean and natural resource free from any harmful chemicals and with limited human impact on the environment. Our saltwater tanks use sea water that is collected locally from Purteen Pier. We use no chemicals as we aim to preserve the natural composition of the water and allow our marine species to live in an environment that closely resembles their natural habitat. This also allows us to rehome many of our native species back into the waters around Achill with little to no impact to the natural habitat.
Eco Buddiez Plush Toys
Bréagáin Eco Buddiez Plush
Our gift shop proudly supplies a variety of fun and educational, cuddly toys from the Deluxebase, Eco Buddiez range. Each toy is made from recycled plastic bottles and is environmentally safe and child friendly. Deluxebase is all about animals and nature. Their products are designed to inspire children and adults alike and create a love for all earth's creatures, past and present, from the savannahs of Africa to the South American Rainforests and from the reefs of Australia to the deep oceans of the Antarctic.
Pláinéad an Dúlra
Nature Planet was founded in Denmark in 2005 by Anne Dorthe Hjort and Michael Severin and their goal at the time was very simple: they wanted to create a thriving company with products to be proud of, while making a difference and having a positive impact on the world. They have implemented Fair Trade policies and have supported PLAN International and worked for children’s rights and equality for girls in Third World countries and Save the Orangutan.
Eco Chic Recycled All-Purpose Bags
Málaí Uile-Chuspóra Athchúrsáilte Eco Chic
Our giftshop also supplies an extensive range of re-usable all-purpose bags from the eco-chic range. Each bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and are fully water and rip proof. They also come in a variety of stylish designs and can be used for shopping, a weekend hold-all bag or a trusty lunchtime companion.
Visitors can also purchase a wide selection of artisan and hand-crafted products made right here in Achill. From jam, honey, sea salt, soaps and more, they contain no harsh chemicals or preservatives and help contribute to the local economy and community, while also reducing the need for expensive and environmentally damaging transportation methods.