USJ/ISE contributes to the newly launched "Karma of Oyster and Sea Creatures' Exhibition" in Macao Maritime Museum





The University of Saint Joseph’s Institute of Science and Environment (USJ/ISE) provided materials for the exhibition that showcases the region’s rich maritime ecology, including mangroves and intertidal ecosystems, as well as the history and cultural significance of oysters in Macao.

Macao has long been renowned for its oyster products, with ‘Oyster’ being part of the city’s ancient name. To promote the history and heritage of the ocean, the Maritime Museum of the Marine and Water Bureau is hosting an exhibition titled “Karma of Oyster and Sea Creatures – Coastal Life and Ecology in Macao.” The term ‘Oyster’ serves as an introduction to showcase the coastal life and ecology of the region.

The University of Saint Joseph’s Institute of Science and Environment (USJ/ISE) provided materials for the exhibition section that highlights Macao’s coastal ecology, including mangroves and the diversity of intertidal ecosystems in Coloane. Also featured are materials from the Sea of Plastic exhibition, which the institute developed last year in the context of the Drop by Drop project in collaboration with the Green Future and artist Tchusca Songo, whose artworks are now part of  the present exhibition.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition took place on April 10, with the presence of USJ’s Vice-Rector Dr. Teresa Loong, along with distinguished guests including Director of the Macao’s Maritime and Water Affairs Bureau Ms. Susana Wong Soi Man, Director of the Macao Museum Ms. Lo Ho Yan, Senior Technician of Division of Environmental Publicity and Education of Environmental Protection Bureau Mr Vong Sao Kun, Chairman of Macau Fishermen’s Association Mr Chan Ming Kam, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Lee Kum Kee Sauce Mr Kung Kwan-do, Collector Mr Lo King Sun, and Director of the Maritime Museum Mr Sit Kai Sin.

Representing ISE at the event was Prof. Karen Tagulao, who collaborated with Ms. Ana Vong Kit Han of the Maritime Museum on USJ’s contribution to the exhibition.

During the period of the temporary exhibition, the Maritime Museum is offering a workshop titled “Drawing on Shell Decorations of Traditional Windows.” By creating unique souvenirs by hand, visitors can gain insight into the materials used for shell decorations on historical buildings in the region.

The exhibition is open to the public until November 2024. For further information, please visit the Maritime Museum website at museumaritimo.gov.mo.