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Feeding The Future At Island Bay Marine Education Centre

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Feeding The Future At Island Bay Marine Education Centre

The Island Bay Marine Centre's octopi, red rock lobsters, big blue cod and other sea creatures were happy to receive 25kg of fish food last week, courtesy of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The bag is one of 5 that have been donated to help the non-profit organisation.

Situated in the historic Island Bay Bait House, on the edge of Wellington's South Coast, Judy & Victor originally set up the centre in response to public demand. They open their doors to the public on Sundays and host school visits during the week. Volunteers, grants, and donations from local businesses ensure the valuable community resource continues. Victor is currently working on a proposal for a new Marine Education Centre in Lyall Bay.

When Hotel staff Marion Hall and Denise Thornton visited the Centre last week they encountered a group 5 & 6 year olds on a class trip. Highlights for them included the 'touch gently tank' where starfish, limpets, anemones and other south coast marine animals can be touched gently and carefully picked up; the octopus tanks and feeding the fish (resulting in some splashes!). Other employees of the Hotel are also helping out on Open Days.

The Hotel also supports the Island Bay Marine Education Centre with towels for the dive school, publicity and generating visitors.

"We're absolutely delighted to have been "adopted" by the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel and really appreciate all the help they've provided. Having members of the staff volunteer to talk to visitors on our Open Sundays has been the icing on the cake," said Judy Hutt, Director of the Centre.

The centre is open to the public on the first and third Sunday of the month during winter (May-September) and every Sunday during summer from 10am-3pm. School Holiday programmes are also on offer, see www.octopus.org.nz for more details.

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