Dr Julia Sigwart, the director of Queen's University Belfast's marine laboratory in Portaferry, said Exploris is the most important asset the council owns.
"It is a world-class aquarium that showcases the spectacular and internationally important marine diversity of Strangford Lough," she said.
"We work together on scientific projects and Exploris staff regularly advise our scientists and students on the tricky business of keeping marine animals happy and healthy.
"Our colleagues and visiting scientists from around the world all visit the aquarium and everyone marvels at what a treasure it is."
Save Exploris: Campaign to save Northern Ireland's only aquarium goes global as Twitter users snap
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25 Sep 2013
Belfast Telegraph - Save Exploris: Campaign to save Northern Ireland's only aquarium goes global as Twitter users snap