Who: Marine Museum
What: Inaugurated at MARC of ZSI, Digha
When: 3 February 2016
The Marine Museum was inaugurated on 3 February 2016 at the Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) in Digha, West Bengal.
It was inaugurated along with one day National Seminar on Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biodiversity at East Medinipur district of West Bengal.
Features of the Marine Museum
• The newly constructed museum that is thrown open to the public contains Fish gallery, Coral gallery, and Molluscan gallery with more than 500 marine species display.
• The species include fishes, sea snakes, molluscs, corals, crabs, prawns, lobsters, echinoderms, horse-shoe crabs etc.
• It displays several awareness posters related to marine life, marine biodiversity and conservation.
• It would help the students and public for the purpose of awareness on marine biodiversity conservations as well as serve as a platform for the students having interest on marine biology from all over India.
About Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)
• It is a premier Indian organisation in zoological research and studies. It was established on 1 July 1916 to promote the survey, exploration and research of the fauna in the region.
• The activities of the ZSI are coordinated by the Conservation and Survey Division under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
• It acquired the Zoological collections of more than a century old from former Museum (1814 -1875) of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and Zoological Section of the Indian Museum (1875-1916) in Calcutta.
• The expansion programme of the survey was initiated with the increasing interest in the life sciences and with the advent of country´s Five Year Plans.
• It got around 17 regional centers across the country and one among them is Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre (MARC) in Digha, West Bengal which completed 25th years of service to the nation on faunal inventory and research.