IMAS interactive research for kids
Posted by Ruby Commane
Posted May 05, 2017
Fish, lobsters ...and aquaculture
Meet some fish at this year's Agfest by visiting The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in the UTAS tent.
Research assistant Bronagh Kelly set up the educational activities that includes a large aquarium filled with locally caught species.
“There is a mix of species from Bruni Island and the Channel,” she said.
There are also rock lobsters from the ARC research hub in Taroona where scientists have developed a way to breed three different species for commercial purposes.
“There’s also lots of interactive things,” she said. “Colouring-in activities for kids, information on our abalone tagging research, our experimental aquaculture facility, and our rock lobster research.”
IMAS is home to a broad range of research within three centres: fisheries and aqaculture; ecology and biodiversity; and oceans and cryospheres.
“Within that, there’s a broad range of research as well as teaching,” Ms. Kelly said.
IMAS is running a competition on Facebook for anyone to take a photo of the Agfest display with the hashtag #utasatAgfest17.
They will go in a draw to win an underwater photography print by a reef life researchers.