The ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth. They are the primary life support system that is connected to nearly every economic activity on earth. This is why there should be more awareness on preserving the ocean.

With that in mind, Kaleidoscope Studio and Reef Check Brunei jointly organised the 2nd World Ocean Day Brunei event at the Marine Biodiversity Centre (MBC) in conjunction with the World Ocean Day that is observed annually on 8th June.

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The event went on for two days from 29th June 2019 to 30th June 2019. The first day was held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, which consisted of a talk by Robert Scales, Director of Ceningan Divers. On the next day at MBC, there were various activities and talks that were aimed at highlighting the ocean issues and encouraging the locals to participate in conservation projects that protect and restore the sea.

One of the projects is to preserve and protect the coral reefs. During the event, Reef Check Brunei unveiled a new coral reef display at MBC. The coral reef tanks were displayed to improve the exhibit at the centre and to educate the public on the importance of corals in the ocean’s ecosystem.

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“Every time school children come to the centre, they may not know how corals look like and the coral reef tank will allow them to learn more about coral biology and its preservation. Other than that, the corals that are being displayed will be used for our future research,” said Bazilah Razani, Marine Biologist at Reef Check Brunei.

Bazilah further mentioned that the coral reefs are basically the rainforest of the sea, as it provides oxygen and removes carbon dioxide. The corals itself are home for marine life, so if without coral reefs, there will be no fish. Hence it is important to preserve the corals.

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During the event, Reef Check Brunei also launched the ‘Adopt a Coral’ initiative, where people can adopt a coral for BND30 a month and BND300 for a tank of coral reefs.

Furthermore, the main event on Sunday featured talks on sustainability and coasts art auction, where people could bid on specially designed coasters made by local artists in Brunei. Forty percent of the proceeds from the auction will go towards maintenance of corals while the rest will go towards the artists.

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During one of the talks by Robert Scales on Sustainable Eco-tourism, he highlighted that it is important to create sustainability because the future generation needs our help and if we do not act now, the next generation will be in trouble.

With an event like the World Ocean Day, it will help to create more awareness towards creating a better future. This is in line with the main objective of the event, which is to bring people together to raise awareness of the ocean issues – most importantly keeping our seas healthy and plastic-free.