Volunteer on coral reefs in Fiji and observe the incredible wildlife that inhabits these diverse marine ecosystems!
|A project offered by:||Frontier|
|Based in:||Beqa, Fiji|
|Working with:||Coral Reefs
Reef associated wildlife
|Activities including:||SCUBA diving and snorkelling surveys
|Duration:||from 1 week|
|*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)|
Run in association with the University of the South Pacific, the aim of the Frontier-Fiji Reef Conservation Project is to improve our understanding of the marine resources of the island of Beqa. The project also provides local communities with teaching and training so that they can make informed decisions about the management of their coastal ecosystems. To achieve these goals, the Frontier team conducts scientific baseline surveys of reef areas, mapping the sea grass beds and mangrove fringes of the region. The project also aims to locate sea turtle nesting beaches on Beqa and to help create seasonally protected areas. As a participating marine conservation volunteer you will be actively involved in gathering this data, carrying out SCUBA diving surveys to locate and map extensive coral reefs, including the abundant resident fish life (if necessary you will learn to dive first). You will also explore luxuriant mangrove forests, productive sea grass beds and inter-tidal areas, recording the diversity of life on the shoreline through targeted survey work.
Once a comprehensive data set is obtained, critical habitats and patterns of resource use can be identified. We can then share the information and work with local communities to build awareness of the natural values in the marine environment. The data will also be used to provide local stakeholders, research organisations and government bodies with the information they need to design and implement management plans for the future protection of Beqa island and the surrounding lagoon marine ecosystem.
Go to Frontier’s website to find out more about this project.