Bahamas Marine Conservation with Greenforce

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On this engaging marine conservation volunteering project, you'll be trained by experienced scientists in how to carry out underwater marine surveys.  You'll also be learning about marine ecosystems and how to identify the animals that you'll see in the field, including invasive species.  Other learning activities will include finding out how to monitor marine movements as well as how to locate breeding and feeding grounds.  You'll need to be a capable diver in order for you to complete your … [Read more...]

Underwater Pioneers: Studying & Protecting the Unique Coral Reefs of the Musandam Peninsula within Oman & UAE

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This SCUBA diving citizen science expedition will take you to the United Arab Emirates and from there to the remote and mountainous Musandam peninsula of Oman. There you will study the diverse coral reefs fringing the areas where the mountains plunge into the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The reefs boast a rich mixture of beautiful corals and a multitude of fish and other animals. This pioneering study to map this unique underwater environment has already led to the creation of two … [Read more...]

Little and Large: Surveying and Safeguarding Coral Reefs & Whale Sharks of the Maldives Archipelago

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The Maldives Marine Research Centre (MRC) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture identified a need for further research and monitoring work as far back as 1997. Biosphere Expeditions is addressing this need and is also working with Reef Check (RC) and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in order to provide vital data on reef health. Data from the coral reef surveys will be used at international, regional and national levels to provide a ‘status report’ on the health of Maldivian … [Read more...]

Colombia Marine Conservation & Diving

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Through underwater SCUBA and snorkel surveys you will be monitoring coral, fish and benthic species as well as assessing biodiversity and ecosystem function, sustainable development, and life history of key coastal species. Diving under the supervision of a professional dive officer, you will become confident and comfortable underwater. Your results will help determine the biodiversity of these waters and help develop further marine park management plans and sustainable resource use within local … [Read more...]

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...]

Fiji Marine Conservation with Real Gap

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Live life to the full on this exciting marine conservation project in the beautiful Yasawa region of Fiji, famous for its palm tree lined beaches, sparkling white sand and crystal clear water! Fiji's incredible marine environment is sadly becoming increasingly under threat.  As a volunteer you'll play a huge role in protecting this environment by helping to collect vital data, observing tropical fish species and conserving the stunning coral reefs.  You'll even be taking the plunge and going … [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...]

Ulithi Atoll: Community Conservation Program

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Since 2004 the Oceanic Society has been working with the community to study nesting green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) throughout the islands. Research has shown that Ulithi Atoll is home to one of the largest populations of nesting sea turtles in Micronesia, with approximately 1,000 turtles nesting annually. In 2011, the community of Falalop in Ulithi Atoll declared their intention to establish a locally-managed marine area, and requested assistance from Oceanic Society to develop scientific … [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...]