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NWSRO are very excited to announce a new partnership with local marine conservationist Frankie Hobro who has agreed to be our patron.

Frankie is the owner and director of Anglesey Sea Zoo & Marine Resource Centre and is passionate about marine wildlife and conservation.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Frankie initially worked with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation through Gerald Durrell Wildlife Trust, then on many other hands-on conservation projects across the globe. She gained a vast amount of experience working with critically endangered species and on habitat restoration in difficult conditions in both terrestrial and marine environments and in a number of different countries, specialising in island nature reserve and endangered species management.

Dahlia anemone at Anglesey Sea Zoo

Following this Frankie headed to Bangor University to complete a postgraduate degree in Marine Environmental Protection. Frankie is an active member of the Association for Science Education and the STEM scheme promoting interactive science and women in science and technology. She is also a role model and inspirational speaker for Big Ideas Wales, promoting entrepreneurship and encouraging skills-based learning and experience, particularly encouraging more women to follow careers in science and business. At the same time Frankie is constantly working on increasing the sustainability of the business and encouraging local community involvement in marine based activities and projects.

Anglesey Sea Zoo and Marine Resource Centre is an environmentally managed education and research facility that uniquely houses only British species. The centre focuses on sustainability, community education and engagement projects, marine conservation and captive breed and release programmes for declining and endangered native species such a seahorses and lobsters. It also runs a bilingual education and outreach programmes and a voluntary marine animal rescue centre, with the capacity to rescue and rehabilitate all kinds of stranded or injured marine animals, including seals, cetaceans, sea birds and turtles.

The voluntary and non-profit-making beach clean group has been running for over a decade carrying out beach cleaning events throughout the year and contributing to the global Beachwatch database for marine litter patterns, and the centre is now an environmental hub for Keep Wales Tidy, facilitating local community groups to borrow equipment to carry out their own clean-ups both on beaches and inland.