Coral reef and seagrass

Project name:

ECOTEER (3)

Project purpose:

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

Marine

Malaysia

South-East Asia

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Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

779

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Accommodation:

shared volunteer house

Requirements:

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, local shops, phone signal,cooking facilities, local town

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Conservation in Action

Week 0 – Dive Course

Unqualified divers arrive Monday and complete dive course including 1 extra buoyancy dive and 1 fun dive.


Weeks 1 onwards – Research Training and Survey Weeks

Qualified divers arrive on Monday. 
2 coral nursery dives 
2 turtle photo ID dives 
2 shark photo ID dives
2 other dives – depending on what needs doing at the time; could be reef clean ups, bouyline maintenance, clearing fish traps or deploying more coral nurseries. 
2 beach clean ups with local dive centres

Seagrass Research

Week 0 – Dive Course

Unqualified divers arrive Monday and complete dive course including 1 extra buoyancy dive and 1 fun dive.

Week 1 – Research Training 

Qualified divers arrive on Monday. 
Volunteers will learn the theory of Seagrass Watch; a globally accepted method of surveying seagrass beds 8 training dives

Weeks 2-4 – Research Training 

Volunteers will conduct actual official Seagrass Watch surveys on 4 of the largest seagrass beds in the Perhentian islands. 
Surveys are repeated twice a year to assess the health of the beds, as well as the impacts of the monsoon.

Sundays

Sundays on the island are days off! Chilling, diving, trekking, totally up to you. If it’s your last week then Sunday is your departure day, so you’ll have to say a sad farewell to your fellow volunteers. Boats back to the mainland are at 8am, 12pm, or 4pm.


Skill Development

  • Seagrass Watch Surveys

  • Coral Rehabilitation Method

  • Photo ID

  • Diving

  • Research Skills

How long can I stay?

When does the project run?

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