As part of the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo (MMI), the Municipality of Ílhavo (CMI) opened, on the 13th January, the MMI Codfish Aquarium, a strong investment on the promotion of the maritime culture of Ílhavo, the Portuguese Capital of codfish.
With a total investment of 2.8 million euros (85% co-financed by the Operational Program of the Center - More Center), the Codfish Aquarium integrates the Program for Urban Regeneration of the Historical Center of Ílhavo (RUCHI), completing the MMI exhibition discourse, it will provide the fullness of its new triple dimension: museum, aquarium and research, The last resulting from the activation of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research (CIEMar-Ílhavo) which was inaugurated on March 31, 2012.
The new expanded building of the MMI develops in direct physical connection to the existing MMI building and the CIEMar building, containing the aquarium, a social area and also the museum stocks.
The Codfish Aquarium has a capacity for 120m3 of water and an average temperature of 12ºC. In order to achieve artificially the salinity conditions similar to the existing in the natural habitat it is being used a medicinal salt imported from
The feeding of cod will be provided freely by APARA - Association of Artisanal Fisheries of the Aveiro Lagoon, a reliance on the development of institutional cooperation with the
The MMI is a central element of the CMI bet in the values of their history, culture and maritime economy, being a differentiating factor of the Municipality that has The Sea by Tradition.
Cooperation with the Maritime
The Institutional Cooperation between the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo and the Maritime Museum of Alesund began in 2006 during a visit of the President of the Municipality of Ílhavo, where it was possible to understand the functioning and verify the characteristics of a Codfish Aquarium, as well as discuss the first guidelines for collaboration between the two maritime museums, with the main objective of enhancing the spreading of the history and culture of codfish.
More recently, in 2011, the Vice-President of the
The Maritime Museum of Alesund plays an important role in institutional cooperation, providing technical support in the preparation and functioning of the Codfish Aquarium of the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo as well as on the free supply of the codfish that live in the MMI Aquarium.
»» Some facts / numbers:
Project cost – 289.050,00€ (VAT Included)
» Contract job:
Contractor: Encobarra – Engenharia, SA
Contract Job cost – 2.934.708,00€ (VAT Included)
PO da Região Centro – Mais Centro: 2.439.627,50€
Câmara Municipal de Ílhavo
»Technical Assistance (Aquarium functioning):
ADN AQUARIUM DESIGN, Ldª
Technical assistance contract (3 months) -14.760,00 (VAT Included)
» Codfish Transportation:
Flying Sharks, Ldª
Cost: 14.000,00€ (VAT Included)
» Codfish feeding:
APARA – Associação de Pesca Artesanal da Ria de Aveiro: Free supply – Institutional Cooperation