These 300-pound reef balls will provide a high-quality fish habitat in the waters outside the Victoria International Marina. (Photo by Microbrand Agency)

The kids are alright, and thanks to their scientific efforts, Victoria’s fish population will be too.

As part of an initiative between the Victoria International Marina and Claremont Secondary School, a group of 50 grade nine students dropped four 300-pound reef balls along the western edge of the marina’s waters on Thursday, May 17.

The event took place in advance of World Oceans Day (June 8, 2018), and is part of the marina’s ongoing sustainability initiatives .

The balls will provide a high-quality fish habitat for the area as they’re eventually colonized by sea life and develop in to their own micro-ecosystem.

Each reef ball is three feet in diameter, and the combined surface area has the potential to provide habitat to over 100,000 fish.

Now that the reef balls are placed, the students will be able to observe the results of their project with the aid of a remotely operated underwater vehicle linked to an online portal.

Check out some photos from the reef ball placement below.

Photo by Microbrand Agency
Photo by Microbrand Agency
Photo by Microbrand Agency
Photo by Microbrand Agency

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