Sea life is relocated following closure

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TROPICAL fish, lobsters and sharks have been relocated to Southsea’s Blue Reef following the closure of a centre on the Isle of Wight.

The Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium in Yarmouth closed its doors to visitors earlier this month, blaming rising costs and zoo licensing regulations.

Blue Reef general manager Lindsay Holloway said he was sorry about the closure.

He said: ‘It’s very sad that such a long-established aquarium has been forced to close and we have every sympathy with the owners who have worked so hard to keep it open.

‘They approached us to see if we were able to provide a secure new home for their fish and, after visiting the aquarium, we decided we could help re-house the entire stock.’

Mr Holloway said ferry firm Wightlink let the aquarium take a specially-equipped van over to the island to pick up the sea life for free.

Fort Victoria co-owner Paul Blake said: ‘We are extremely grateful that they have agreed to take them all. It is a huge relief to know they could not have gone to a better home.’