Marine Conservation/Diving Project – Mozambique

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This multi-faceted Marine Conservation Project is focused on a diverse and particularly unique array of research programmes which range from the largest to the smallest of sea creatures, and includes the vitally important reef ecosystems that are currently facing numerous man-made threats. Through the extensive research and information conducted and gathered by the many programmes running concurrently, gaining a full and holistic understanding of the environment, as well as each and every participating species within it, is vital to the success of these on-going and long-term conservation efforts. The information gathered further aids the program in their many decision making and conservation practices, empowering them to provide the best protection they can for the sustainable future of these incredible and necessary species. Operating along the beautiful coastline of Mozambique, volunteers have the unique opportunity to make meaningful impacts both in the conservation efforts, as well as in building and educating the surrounding impoverished communities. The protection of this coastline’s natural and declining resources are of the utmost importance, and education is key to the long-term sustainability of the programs’ conservation and coastline restoration efforts. Your help is needed to curb the effects that humans have on the slow-growing ocean animal populations, as well as the collection of information for their further protection through a greater understanding of each species. Mozambique’s incredible oceanic life needs your help, and your mark will be a lasting one that future generations will thank you for.
WHERE YOU WILL BE INVOLVED IN Scientific Research Scientific research on the project is conducted using the following three methods: Photo Identification Due to the variety of data analysis options that can be drawn from photo identification, this method is an integral part of our scientific research as a whole. Through photo identification we are able to establish individualistic research efforts and data signatures of whale shark spot patterns, whale tales, leopard and tiger shark spots and stripes, manta ray dot signatures and the identification of bull sharks, helping to better identify individual animals accurately. The images that are taken are sent to an international signature database, helping with the international identification and sightings of species and individuals. Analysis Volunteers may at some point be asked to assist with the biopsies of animals, as well as other forms of analysis. From these samples, data that is analysed is able to provide information regarding the migration patterns, including the DNA sampling of whales, turtles, dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks and bull sharks. The majority of the analysis participation by volunteers is a matter of “when the opportunity arises”, or as is required, and as such nothing can be guaranteed. Extraordinary Exploratory Field Trips Aside from the alternative livelihood and educational programs hosted within the local communities, and the conservation and research efforts aimed at the mangroves, volunteers are going to find themselves experiencing the Mozambique coast like no one else. From research diving expeditions conducted on thousands of diverse and magnificent creatures living in and around the reef, to monitoring the coral reefs and estuaries, clearing the beach of plastic and other harmful agents, analysing plankton on the shoreline and even taking whale DNA without harming them. All this excitement and more is all to be expected from the volunteers with the right attitude and the will to make a change. RATES Project fee – this goes directly back into the project that you are involved with It facilitates funding for items such as resources, building materials, equipment and project supplies. It also covers operational costs such as housing, communication, and project vehicles and boats. It also helps to fund conservation efforts as well as scientific equipment ranging from acoustic stations to satellite tags. • Full board and lodging including 3 meals a day at the restaurant. • All airport transfers from Inhambane Airport upon arrival and departure. • All daily transfers to and from your projects during your stay. • Weekly laundry and housekeeping service. • Comprehensive Orientation Program. • Assistance and support from the Project Managers and staff. • Coral garden and estuary expeditions. • Coastline trips. • Scientific lectures and seminars. • Research training. • All dive costs, including equipment hire. • Freshwater lake trips. • Guided dissections. • Surfing • Guided whale watching. • High speed internet access. • Local community interaction Non Diver (you will obtain your PADI certificate here) 2 weeks 2175 GBP 3 weeks 2625 GBP 4 weeks 3075 GBP
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