Sea Turtle Conservation

Project name:

Karumbé

Project purpose:

Karumbé has been monitoring this foraging and developmental area of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) for more than 20 years.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation
  • data collection/analysis
  • habitat restoration/management
  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

147

Marine

Uruguay

South America

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • development goals (supporting local community)
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

Accommodation:

Dormitory in wood house.

When does the project run?

November - April

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, shower (hot), wifi

How long can I stay?

8 nights - 2 months

Requirements:

  • Willingness to work with nature in a remote place, 
  • Willingness to get to know a different culture
  • It is not necessary previous experience in handling sea turtles, training will be given as soon as arrived in the field station.

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

Background Information:
Karumbé has been monitoring this foraging and developmental area of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) for more than 20 years. In this site the volunteers will carry out research and conservation activities, getting quite in touch with the fishermen community where the field station is settled. Volunteers will be working shoulder to shoulder with the 2 researchers who will be coordinating the fieldwork, getting involved in all tasks included in the project work.
It is not necessary to speak Spanish; however we encourage candidates to know at least the basics.

Site Information:
Cerro Verde is a landscape of protected area (Bañados del Este and Coastal Fringe - Biosphere Reserves). In this particular case the green turtle can be considered effective 'umbrellas' for broader biodiversity. Cerro Verde comprises high diversity of fauna and plant communities including relict vegetation, marine mammals (as fransiscana dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions) and seabirds. This area has just been included in the recently created National System of Protected Areas (SNAP) as the first Coastal-Marine Protected Area. Thus it is a priority to increase the research in order to succeed in preserving the biodiversity and allows developing a management plan according to the reality and needs of this marine ecosystems.

Duties:
The volunteers will conduct the following activities:
1. Sighting and capturing, with nets, juveniles of green turtle, in areas next to the shore.
2. Walks (10-20 km.), searching for stranded sea turtles.
3. Help researchers with necropsies of any dead individual.
4. Collect data of the artisanal fishery carried out in this locality.
5. Get involved in talks and workshops for the community and tourists.
6. Rehabilitation of sick and weak sea turtles.
7. Help in the field station duties such us cleaning and cooking.

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime