The ongoing major expansion work has effectively prevented us from engaging in our normal outreach activities this year. Nevertheless, we have used our temporary SWIMS at campus for hosting school groups, NGOs and professional groups as well as joining beach clean ups. As always, SWIMS graduate students and staff visited several schools to give talks and seminars.
Our annual exchange of SWIMS students and staff with Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (Japan) and The University of Johannesburg (South Africa) have continued. Now, the field course in South Africa involves students and teachers not only from SWIMS and South Africa but also from the USA. Four Tokyo University students visited and closely interacted with SWIMS students and staff during March 2018. We were also able to accommodate several students, student helpers from various local and overseas universities, to conduct their internship work at SWIMS for several months. This strong student and staff exchange, engagement and outreach activities will help us to develop further in the newly expanded SWIMS.
Under OPCFHK’s university student sponsorship program, six students got an opportunity to work on various projects. Andrew Lam joined a project on “Community-based conservation management of the Banggai Cardinalfish” in Indonesia. Sammi Lo worked on Chinese sturgeon, specifically on competition stress from exotic sturgeon species on the wild population of Chinese Sturgeon in the Yangtze River Estuary. Sammi Sin and Christy Yu jointly worked on manta rays. Finally, both Alvin Wong and Angus Hau jointly worked on a project on orangutans, addressing human‐orangutan conflicts in agricultural landscapes in Northern Sumatra.
We are grateful to OPCFHK for their continuous support for our SWIMS staff and students with such excellent experiential learning opportunities and look forward to continuing our work with them in the future.