Duluth aquarium continues to dry up

DULUTH -- The city has formed a task force to save the Great Lakes Aquarium after attendance and revenue have been about 22 percent below projections at the 2-year-old freshwater attraction.

Staff pay cuts and layoffs were expected this month, leaving the $34 million aquarium with a staff a fraction of the size it opened with in the summer of 2000.

The aquarium is expected to be several hundred thousand dollars off its earlier projections to take in $2.9 million in 2002, which already was down about $1.6 million from last year.

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