The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland hosted its third annual Holyrood Marine Base open house on Friday, Aug. 3.
Our goal is for the residents of Holyrood and this region to view the marine base as a source of pride, said Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute). Our annual Holyrood Marine Base open house helps to establish this connection with the community by providing visitors an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experience of the bases education and industrial support capabilities.
The open house allows visitors to explore the marine base and learn about MIs training and research capabilities, while participating in the centres interactive exhibits and displays.
We hold this event to give people a sense of what we do, said Robert Coombs, manager, Holyrood Marine Base. Visitors are able to pilot our remotely operated vehicle (ROV), visit our touch tank, learn how MI maps the ocean floor, how we perform fisheries science and how we provide real-time weather and oceans conditions for Holyrood and Placentia Bay.
Again this year MI Ocean Net conducted a cleanup of the Holyrood beach and coastal areas during the open house. The cleanup is part of MI Ocean Nets
Friends of Beaches network a collection of volunteers from across the province committed to cleaning Newfoundland and Labradors beaches, shorelines and underwater areas.
The cleanup encourages individuals, families and outdoor-lovers to help their local marine ecosystems by volunteering to remove debris from beaches in Holyrood, said Mr. Blackwood. Already, 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.
World-class marine base
Phase one of the Holyrood Marine Base opened in the spring of 2010. The Marine Institute is committed to building it into a world-class facility capable of providing education to students and applied research in support of 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, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).