Increased Charter Numbers Increasing Aquarium Numbers


WESTPORT, Wash. – With Bottom fishing booming, and Salmon Season later this month, the oddities are flying into the Westport Aquarium from local charter boats. Owner Marc Mercell said when charters catch the rare and unusual, they know who to call, but private fisherman need to understand “if we get a call from a boat, we go down and we collect it at the dock, they’re not in trouble and they can do that. as soon as they hit land and start walking towards the aquarium, then they can’t do that.”

Newer additions to the aquarium include a 5 foot Wolf Eal, and a Giant Pink Star Fish caught last month. Mercell said the Aquarium spent the memorial day weekend monitoring 4 stranded seal pups along the coast.