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First ever underwater science center opens

June 8, 2018 12:55 am

The first ever underwater science center in Yasawa is now open.

Barefoot Marine Biologist Rob McFarlane says the science center was constructed from recycled materials after Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

McFarlane says the science center is mainly for marine conservation, education and community outreach programs.

“We have a classroom facility, an aquarium with various tanks for fish and corals, we have a drying lab as well. This base acts as a conservation for all of our in house conservation programs so we run a coral planting program, clam nursery and a fish surveying project.”

McFarlane says they also used the center to educate students on the importance of marine conservation.

He says they are also looking to partner with local universities to showcase the underwater science center.