Marine Museum & Interpretation Center
Marine Museum: The proposed Marine Museum which is to come up in MARC, Digha will promote education, research and training in conservation and sustainable development of marine resources, and a rational deployment of biotechnology. Exhibits of the museum can act as reference for educational, and research programmes and will help the visitors to appreciate, understand and work in maintaining and sustaining the varied marine and coastal natural resources of especially in the coastal zones adjacent to the state of West Bengal.
The museum shall exhibit issues on:
• The natural history of coastal marine fauna including seabirds.
• Current research activities of MARC, Digha.
• The marine ecosystems i.e. Coral Reefs, Mangroves, Sea grasses etc.
• Awareness creation on conservation through display of models on Marine Fauna e.g. Whale shark, Bryde‘s Whale, Sting Ray, Irrawadi Dolphin, Estuarine crocodile, Gharial, Lion fish, Grouper fish, Sea horse, Sea Anemone, Star fish, Spiny Lobster, Hermit Crab, Hilsa fish, Butterfly fish) together with on Marine Avi Fauna e.g. White-bellied Sea Eagle, Lesser Whistling-duck, Common Teal, white-throated Kingfisher, White-breasted Water Hen, Common Sandpiper, bronze-winged Jacana, Greater Sand Plover, Little Cormorant, Lesser Adjutant etc.
Interpretation Centre: The proposed Interpretation Centre also in MARC, Digha will aid in generating and sustaining public understanding and appreciation of the marine environment. It also provides an insight to:
o Marine Biodiversity and endangered species.
o Fishing methods, edible fishes and their conservation.
o Impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
o Coastal pollution- cause and effects; their prevention and control.
o Threats to natural habitats- coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass and also their conservation.
o Sea exploration- minerals, sea mounts and hydrothermal vent animals.
o Sustainable development including pollution prevention and control.
The interpretation centre will have visually–stimulating colour photos, and graphics. It will also contain well-preserved specimens and artefacts, including both hands on and hands off items.
The exterior portion of the upcoming facility will be landscaped with local flora which includes Pandanus sp., Casuarina sp., Bulbostylis sp., Ipomoea pescaprae, Spinifex sp., Callophyllum sp., Calotropis sp., Phragmites karka, Saccharum sp., Hydrophylax sp., Launeae sp., Sesuvium sp., Phoenix sp., Crotalaria sp., Canavalia sp., Opuntia monacntha, Mimosa sp., Anacardium sp., Acanthus sp., Cyperus sp., Tephrosia sp.,Cocos nucifera.