01/17/2012 04:33 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT

New Brunswick aquarium gets $550,000 in government funding to upgrade exhibits

SHIPPAGAN, N.B. - The aquarium in Shippigan, N.B., is getting $550,000 in government funding to make infrastructure improvements.

The money for the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre will go toward upgrading such things as graphic design and scripting used to describe exhibits and to improve and upgrade the facility's permanent exhibition.

The province is contributing $440,563, while the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing a non-repayable loan of $96,563 under its business development program.

The non-profit Les Amis de l'Aquarium is contributing $12,875 towards the upgrades.

New Brunswick Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud says the aquarium plays an important role in an area where tourism is a major economic factor in the economy.