Jay Barnes, Director of the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores announced in July just as another aquarium controversy began to heat up. While Joe Malat, Director of the N.C. Aquarium at Roanoke Island (home of the new pier in Nags Head) announced just earlier this month.
Despite the lack of funds, the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores continues to pursue an aquarium pier in Emerald Isle, a project in which Barnes continues to be heavily involved. A nation-wide search is underway to fill the position, however one can could understand the apprehension in diving into rough waters.
No word on the whether the third aquarium’s director, Donna Moffitt of the Aquarium at Fort Fisher is contemplating retirement as well.