Coral reef and dolphin conservation

Project name:

Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS)

Project purpose:

Coral reef and dolphin conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

745

Marine

Honduras

Central America

Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

Accommodation:

bungalow style cabins with twin bunks and on-suite bathroom.

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, showers, internet access, local airport transfer

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

The Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences is made up of the Education Center, the dry laboratory, the wet laboratory and the Roatán Museum. The Education Center is designed for use as a comfortable and spacious classroom. This room also houses exhibits on the coral reef, fish, invertebrates, reptiles, birds, and geology of the Bay Islands.

Dolphin Research

RIMS studies bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Authorization of the Honduran government permits RIMS to work with these animals for education and research. The animals are currently housed in two extremely spacious lagoon enclosures, which link the animals to the local ecosystem. Ongoing behavioral studies and medical and morphometric data has been collected since the facility opened. With this information, a database has been established whereby the health, growth patterns and characteristics unique to the bottlenose dolphins at our facility are being monitored.

Interns will:

  • Receive in-depth lectures on a variety of topics including evolution, anatomy, and physiology.

  • Utilize field research methods to observe and record behavioral interactions.

  • Learn marine mammal training techniques.

  • Assist in dolphin husbandry and animal care management.

  • Develop and implement and independent research project.

  • Interact with and extremely dedicated and caring team of marine mammal professionals.

Coral Reef Monitoring

The goal of this monitoring project is to better understand the natural processes and dynamics of the reefs on Roatan so that we may continue to manage these important resources in the future. This documentation will be instrumental in our efforts to expand the marine reserve and enforce laws against practices that pose threats to the marine environments on which the Bay Islands are dependent. RIMS has a strong commitment to cooperate with other facilities in the Bay Islands and greater Caribbean and is willing to facilitate and assist visiting research scientists with their research.

Interns will:

Through lectures, field exercises, collaborative research activities, and independent research projects, participants will learn the flora and fauna of the local habitats and understand the different ecological processes within these communities. 

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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.

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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

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