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Source: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Seal viewing platform temporarily closed at Ocean Sciences Centre

October 13, 2006

to ongoing construction at Memorial University of Newfoundlandís Ocean
Sciences Centre (OSC), public access is temporarily unavailable to the
popular seal viewing platform.
The general public is advised that safety officials at Memorial have
restricted public access near the platform in the Town of Logy Bay-Middle
Cove-Outer Cove. New fencing and signs have been posted alerting the public
about the change.
Extensive renovations are now being made to a critical underground service
tunnel which runs between the OSCís main building and its annex.
"This work has resulted in limited access for both vehicular and pedestrian
traffic to the OSC buildings and surrounding grounds," said Dr. Ian Fleming,
director of the Ocean Sciences Centre. "Even though employees can access our
buildings, it was in the best interest of general public safety to
temporarily close the seal platform at this time."
Dr. Fleming said officials are hoping renovations will be completed by the
middle of December by which time public access to the viewing platform
should be fully restored.

About the Ocean Sciences Centre
The Ocean Sciences Centre is a cold-ocean research facility operated in
conjunction with Memorial University of Newfoundland. Located in Logy Bay,
NL, the centre houses laboratories where research is conducted on the
biology of the North Atlantic, including oceanography, ecology, behaviour,
physiology and aquaculture, and on organisms ranging from bacteria to seals.

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For more information, please contact the Ocean Sciences Centre, Memorial
University of Newfoundland, at 737-2459 or



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