MARINE CONSERVATION Situated on the tip of Malohom Bay is the pride of the resort, the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC). Established in 2007, MERC started as a learning and educational centre to raise awareness about the marine ecosystem but has since grown to address the increasing threats on marine life on the island. To this end, the centre has evolved into a research and rehabilitation facility. A key initiative is the Giant Clam Restocking Programme, which has and continues to successfully propagate these endangered shell creatures. Another is the Reef Regeneration Programme, set-up to repair coral reef damage on the island. Guests can participate in replanting corals in the reef, or get up close with sea creatures from seahorses to bamboo sharks.