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REF NO.: 246

SUBJECT: Holyrood Marine Base hosts open house Thursday, July 28

DATE: July 27,2011

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland will host an open house at its Holyrood Marine Base on Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the media and the general public are encouraged to attend.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for people to get an up-close look at the many important activities undertaken regularly at the Holyrood Marine Base,” said Glenn Blackwood, executive director, MI. “The Holyrood Marine Base is a world-class facility and we look forward to the chance to showcase its education and industrial support capabilities.”
The open house will give visitors a chance to learn more about the Marine Institute’s training and research activities at the Holyrood Marine Base. Visitors will also be able to check out the centre’s interactive exhibits and displays during the day.
“We want people to come see how MI maps the ocean floor; how we perform fisheries science; and how we provide real-time weather and ocean
conditions for Holyrood and Placentia Bay,” said Robert Coombs, manager of the Holyrood Marine Base. “People will be able to visit our touch tank and watch our Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) personnel perform educational and entertaining demonstrations. A big attraction will also be the chance to pilot our remotely operated vehicle (ROV).”
During the open house, MI Ocean Net will also conduct a cleanup of the Holyrood beach and coastal areas. Visitors to the open house are encouraged to join the cleanup, and will be provided with gloves and garbage bags if they wish to participate.
“The cleanup is an event that challenges individuals, families and outdoor lovers to help their local marine ecosystems by volunteering to remove garbage from beaches in Holyrood,” Blackwood said. “It is part of MI Ocean Net’s Friends of Beaches network, a collection of volunteers from across the province committed to cleaning Newfoundland and Labrador’s beaches, shorelines and underwater areas. Hundreds of youth and community members have volunteered their time and energy to this initiative and have helped return several marine areas to pristine condition.”
The open house starts at 10 a.m. with demonstrations and other activities, with the MI Ocean Net beach cleanup running from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a barbeque, with further demonstrations and ocean-related activities taking place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be face painting, musical entertainment and prizes.
The Holyrood Marine Base opened in the spring of 2010 and is a world-class facility capable of providing education to the Marine Institute’s industry clients. It offers support for research related to ocean technology, fisheries, marine environmental studies, diving, oil spill response, offshore safety and survival, oceanography and marine biology. The facility also serves as a base for research vessels, ROVs and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).

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For more information, please contact Kimberley Thornhill, Educational Marketing Coordinator, Fisheries and Marine Institute, at (709) 778-0544, (709) 691-9221, Kim.Thornhill@mi.mun.ca.

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