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Welcome to MERC – the Marine Ecology Research Centre. MERC started off with humble beginnings in 2007 as a learning and educational centre. With passion derived from its owner, MERC pledged to address the increasing threats on marine life, combating its effects by returning to nature what was previously destroyed. Over a span of just a few years, this centre evolved into a research and rehabilitation facility.
The work done at MERC speaks for itself. MERC's claim to fame came when it was certified by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first centre in Malaysia to successfully produce all seven species of giant clams found in Malaysian waters. And this is only one of the functions of MERC.
Not forgetting its original role as an educational site, MERC continues to share and educate on the beauty of the underwater world, while engaging visitors in marine conservation. Its innovative educational methods have been recognized, winning the Most Innovative Tourist Attraction Eco-Tourism Conservation Award 2008-2009 by Ministry of Tourism Malaysia.
But MERC’s success is not measured by awards. To us, success is attained when the reefs we work hard to restore are healthy and growing. It is when, based on evidence, we can convincingly testify to other nature tourism players that there is potential to develop an exploited environment, as long as determination exists. Success is when visitors walk away with the message and conviction that our marine environment needs attention, understanding fully that each person plays a significant role in doing this.
So pay a visit to MERC. With its idyllic surroundings, a visit to MERC is a surefire way of getting in touch with the underwater world – whether you decide to get your feet wet or not!
"This is indeed a lifetime experience. You are here doing the most noble work of all. You are preserving and saving life on earth. Congratulations. I wish the whole world was with us here. My greatest appreciation and respect, Taleb Rifai." (The Secretary General of UN-World Tourism Organization, during his visit on 6th October 2010)