One fine day with 1,000 visitors

Around a thousand pupils, teachers, and facilitators from the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs (PSYSC) Inc. visited SEAFDEC/AQD on 26 October. PSYSC is a national federation of science clubs that encourages the youth’s interests and consciousness in science, technology, and environment. They are in Iloilo to hold their 18th National Children’s Science Interactive Workshop from 24-27 October. And, as part of their promotion of R&D, they visited FishWorld to be shown discoveries that have impact on the (aquatic) environment.

FishWorld is AQD’s museum-aquarium-visitor center that offers summer internships and carry out annual sci-art competitions among elementary and high schools. It has about 100 marine (including sea turtles) and freshwater species on exhibit; a shell room with skeletons of mollusks, corals, echinoderms, and crustaceans; and a gallery with various sea-inspired artifacts and artwork.

The club members also toured AQD’s integrated milkfish broodstock & hatchery facility which showcases transferrable aquaculture technologies to fishfarmers.

(L-R): The AQD’s institutional video is being shown to the kids; two science club members taking shot of the preserved echinoderms; the pupils enjoying the different marine animals displayed at FishWorld’s 18 aquaria

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