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Future of AK SeaLife Center in jeopardy due to virus


SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — Center is in jeopardy of closing after concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have drastically reduced visitation rates.

A decision will be made on Oct. 1 regarding the future of the aquarium, KTUU-TV reported Monday.

As revenue from visits has whittled, the center has seen the costs of caring for its more than 4,000 animals stay stagnant. The CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Tara Reimer, said over half of the aquarium’s revenue comes from visitors.

The SeaLife Center, Seward’s second-largest employer, has asked the city for half a million dolla...

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