Caribbean Reef Conservation – Belize

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The project’s primary objective is to encourage the Belizean Government to enforce preservation zones in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. The team carry out marine surveys, collecting data on the local fish & invertebrate population and this is submitted internationally to Reef Check headquarters for inclusion in global coral reef status reports, and locally to the Belizean Department of Fisheries. The volunteers’ primary role is to contribute towards the project's on-going surveys, … [Read more...]

Marine Science Internship in Belize with Real Gap

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This four week internship is designed and run by marine scientists, giving eight students and graduates practical work experience and insight into life working in this fascinating line of work.  Interns will be working alongside a team of researchers and government authorities in Belize, which is home to the second largest barrier reef system in the world. Throughout the programme you will shadow and work alongside the founder of one of the most highly respected organisations in Belize, the … [Read more...]

Belize Dive and Marine Conservation with Real Gap

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Belize is home to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt marine life in the world, yet this beauty and tranquility is under threat.  As a volunteer on this fascinating programme, you’ll have the opportunity to play your part in vital research survey dives in the waters off the stunning Belizean coastline!  If you haven’t dived before, don’t worry as we’ll include a PADI Open Water Dive Course for you to help you make the most of your time in Belize!  There are many areas of study for the team … [Read more...]

Belize: Coral Reef Monitoring at Turneffe Atoll (Scuba)

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Under the direction of an Oceanic Society Principal Investigator, scuba divers will use non-destructive sampling techniques including quadrants, transects, and still photography. Divers will receive on-site training in sampling methods and will also learn to identify local fish and invertebrates, and become familiar with their behavior, distribution and cover. This project offers unmatched diving opportunities while contributing to important coral reef conservation. Divers must be scuba … [Read more...]

Belize: St. George’s Caye Coral Reef Research (Snorkeling)

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Volunteer on this 8-day program and work side-by-side with researchers to collect data on Belize’s outstanding coral reef ecosystems. The goal of the program is to collect ecological data on the patch reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves within the proposed St. George’s Caye Underwater Archaeology Reserve.Participants will stay at the ECOMAR research station and field school on St. George’s Caye and make daily monitoring excursions with researchers. Educational evening presentations will inform … [Read more...]

Shark Conservation in Belize

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To protect sharks and their habitat, we need to know where they spend their time. This study is the first of its kind—while we have evidence that sharks do better in marine reserves, we have no idea how long a decimated population will take to recover in a brand-new reserve. That’s one of the insights that will come out of this research. The scientists are also looking for insight into how well Belize's marine reserves foster sharks, so you'll help implant transmitters in sharks to track where … [Read more...]

Belize Marine Conservation & Diving

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Through marine SCUBA and snorkel surveys you will survey fish, benthic and commercially important invertebrate species using a number of common methodologies currently used in Belize plus taking part in simple community level assessments of these environments. Diving under the supervision of a lead scuba diver, you will become confident and comfortable underwater. Your results will determine the sheer biodiversity of these waters and help formulate long term, sustainable management plans to … [Read more...]

Belize Marine Conservation Expedition

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Join our team as a marine conservation volunteer in Belize, surveying the second largest barrier reef in the world (a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site), and contribute to our efforts to conserve this incredible ecosystem, including tackling the threat of invasive lionfish.  From gap year travellers and college graduates to career breaker professionals and retirees, our projects attract a diverse range of dedicated conservation volunteers from around the globe, all sharing an interest in diving … [Read more...]

St. George’s Caye Sea Turtle and Manatee Research in Belize

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Experience the rewards of volunteer work with Manatees and Sea Turtles! Carry out volunteer work with Manatees and Sea Turtles along side scientific researchers from ECOMAR to conduct in water research surveys in St George's Caye, Belize.  This stunning marine location provides important habitat for endangered Green, Loggerhead, and Hawksbill Sea Turtles, as well as Antillean Manatees. In-water surveys for sea turtles will be carried out by boat along shallow fore and patch reefs. … [Read more...]