Kaleidoscope Studio and Reef Check Brunei recently held a marine conservation awareness day through the medium of art and film and fun-filled activities at the Marine Biodiversity Center (MBC) to commemorate World Oceans Day (WOD) .
The second edition of WOD Brunei carried the theme is Together We Can Protect and Restore Our Ocean” highlighting the global celebration of all things aquatic and a look to a better future.
The aim of the event was to commit to eliminate the threat of plastic pollution and to share solutions that can create a healthy ocean.
Chairman of Reef Check Brunei Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said in his opening speech that the most important way of tackling the issue on ocean is through education and knowledge in achieving sustainability.
“Another way of getting yourself informed is to engage an expert or an independent body to study and inspect the condition of the ocean,” he said.
He added that such organisation includes Reef Check Brunei, Reef Check International and Project AWARE Dive Against Debris that involved in monitoring and tracking the health condition of the ocean.
Moreover, during the event, a new coral was launched at MBC displaying glowing colourful corals from Brain coral, Goniopora, Galaxea, Euphylia and many more.
The initiative designed through the Reef Check Brunei organisation aims to restore and conserve sections of the reef system that are damaged and also to educate to public.
A volunteer for Brunei Reef Check Izzah Rahman decided to use the day as an educational opportunity to let people know about the difference between hard corals and soft corals, as well as the importance of perservation of corals.
Izzah who is also a coral reef hobbyist pointed out that it took six months to build the aquarium for the new corals.
The marine coral tanks were popular among the younger guests.
Moreover, visiting children at the event had the chance to explore MBC as they learned more about the ocean wildlife and coral reefs.
At a separate area in the centre, other visitors listened to customised talks about marine conservation from a wide range of speakers including the Canadian ADEX speaker Robert Scales.
The one-day event also brought together numerous display of ocean activities such as Coast Art Auction, a documentary screening and art installations.
Photographs taken during the event under the hashtag #seasthedaybn were also shared with the audience to shed light on the ocean conservation
On his part, the founder of Empat.Co and local surfer Izzi Adi saw the day as an opportunity for the public to join the rest of the world in honoring the ocean from the waters of Meragang beach.
Izzi knows how important it is to have a clean and healthy beach and hoped to raise awareness among young people ocean knowledge through surfing.
“Having young kids falling in love with the ocean is easy, but having them understand the importance of ocean conservation will be difficult,” he said, adding that ocean conservation should start from an early age.
The public also had a chance to catch a few waves. During the event, Empat.Co provided surfing lessons for begginers from paddling to learning to how to stand up.
Commenting on the event, Director of Kaleidoscope Studio Khalisah Ahmad said the collective effort will encourage members of the public to play a bigger part in protecting Brunei’s water.
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