Where did that fish come from?

Ever wondered where that golden promfet or red snapper served on your table came from? Well, it could be imported from one of the 60 countries that Singapore currently imports food fish from.

But you probably didn’t know that these sources are dwindling due to overfishing and increased consumption!

That is why Singapore is aiming to boost its local supply of food fish to make up 15% of consumption in the next 3-5 years (currently, only 6% of local consumption comes from local food fish).

To help achieve this aim, Marine Life Park (MLP) has jumped in to provide our expertise!

As one of Republic Polytechnic’s partners for the newly launched Diploma in Marine Science & Aquaculture (DMAC), MLP will work together with the students to boost marine science research and aquaculture technologies. Students in the new diploma course will enjoy a state-of-the-art learning facility known as The Aquaria, where they will study the ocean, develop sustainable finishing methods and many more ideas to save the ocean.

This 180 square-metre aquaculture centre, a scaled-down version of MLP’ Marine Aquaculture and Research Centre (MARC), houses a food preparation lab to study fish feed, as well as 2m-long coral tank for coral conservation studies and research. Didn’t you wish could have had a coral tank in you classroom too!

Opening of Aquaria at Republic Polytechnic
Opening of The Aquaria at Republic Polytechnic

In addition to the knowledge exchange and volunteer opportunities, MLP will also be awarding aS$7,500 scholarship to the DMAC’s top student in the next two years.

Beyond local shores, MLP is also seeking to expand its marine conservation footprint as it signs on as Conservation International (CI)’s first Singapore partner. Now, that’s a big step even for the world’s largest aquarium!

Conservation International
Conservation International has been a strong proponent for marine conservation in Southeast Asia, with efforts centering on seascapes in Bird’s Head and Sulu-Sulawesi.

CI has been very active in the Southeast Asian region, having set up more than 90 sanctuaries with many field research projects ongoing (read more about CI here), and this collaboration will bolster resources for projects with common interests. For one, rays and sharks will be a key species for collaborative research and conservation.

To kick things off, a special video ‘Turning the Tide’ showing CI’s work will screen at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Conservation Corner. Visitors to the aquarium can also look forward to enhanced interpretive displays,talks and special events are also in the pipeline, where visiting marine scientists can share their experiences.

So, if you have not made your new year’s resolution yet, do consider marine conservation, education or research. And if you need inspiration, head on down to the S.E.A. Aquarium and marvel at the 100,000 marine animals.

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