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Flood-damaged seafarers centre to officially reopen

A centre for seafarers will officially reopen today, nine months after devastating flooding caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused by flooding

The mission needed to have its building completely stripped out after the Immingham docks' defences were breached in the tidal surge last December.

As the tide overtopped the docks, water swept into the centre bringing with it fish, debris and contaminated water.

The centre will be officially opened by a Port Director from Associated British Ports, John Fitzgerald.

ABP provided temporary accommodation so that the mission could continue giving seafarers communication links with their families around the world.

Hull scientist works to safeguard coral reefs

A scientist from The Deep in Hull has arrived back from an expedition to the Caribbean where he has been helping with a project to restore the underwater coral reefs.

The delicate ecosystems are relied upon for fishing and tourism as well as helping to protect coastal areas, but they have been in decline because of disease and hurricanes destroying their habitats.

It is hoped this restoration project will help safeguard large sections of coral as James Webster reports:

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Deep Curator: Projects like the coral restoration trip are at the heart of what we do

The curator at The Deep says she hopes one of her aquarists can use the skills he has developed on a recent coral restoration trip to improve what he does looking after coral here. Katy Duke has been explaining how such projects are at the heart of what the Hull-based attraction is all about:

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Scientist from The Deep returns from coral restoration trip to the Caribbean

A scientist from The Deep in Hull has returned from a 12 day trip helping with a project to restore the coral reefs off the coast of Curacao in the south Caribbean. Seb Prajsnar, who is a coral expert, took part in a series of night dives to collect spawn from the coral which can be grown in an aquarium and then planted back under the ocean.

Elkhorn coral off the coast of Curacao Credit: The Deep

Divers would go underwater during the day to identify patches of Elkhorn coral, which has declined since the 1980s, then return at night which is when the coral is known to spawn during August and September.

Fitting a net over the Elkhorn coral Credit: The Deep

Spawn from the coral was collected in clear tubes so it could be taken away to be grown in an aquarium.

Coral spawn collected in a tube Credit: The Deep

Resident calls for more action from Yorkshire Water

One of the residents who met Yorkshire Water earlier for an update on investigations into flooding in West Hull in August says he wants to see more action. Keith Hanson listened to representatives from the company explain how they are investigating but says he is worried more needs to be done.

Yorkshire Water: We are investigating August's flooding

Yorkshire Water says it is investigating the flooding which took place in parts of West Hull in August and will feed its findings into a report, due out in November, by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Spokesman Paul Carter met residents earlier to explain what is happening to understand why parts of the area ended up under water.

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