Volunteer to research and manage lionfish populations in Belize.

Blue Ventures

Belize Lionfish Expedition

Blue Ventures

Where: Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, Belize

When: February – March

Duration: 9 days

Focus: Lionfish culling and research. Lionfish have no native predators outside its original home in the Indo-Pacific, Therefore, this invasive species poses a huge threat to Belize’s coral reefs.

Suitability: 17+

Requirements: All volunteers must be Advanced Open Water divers on arrival. A skills refresher course is available.

Cost: 9 days from GBP 875.

Find out more: Blue Ventures 

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Join Blue Ventures at a remote research and expedition dive camp and learn about the marine environment of this UNESCO World Heritage Marine Reserve.
  • Assist an international team of marine biologists and field scientists to investigate the invasive lionfish and its effect on the surrounding reefs.
  • Learn all about their behaviour, competitors and prey.
  • Improve your dive skills, and receive in-water training in lionfish detection, survey training and safe, environmentally sound methods for hunting and removing lionfish from coral reefs.
  • Participate in lionfish culls while diving to directly combat the spread of these invasive fish.
  • Conduct lionfish surveys and dissect the fish once caught.
  • Obtain valuable data on: the impact to juvenile reef fish numbers; the progression of the lionfish invasion; population status; diet and reproductive rates; and test hypotheses on specific impacts and recommendations for management.
  • Take part in surveying of marine megafauna also seen during dives.

The Base

Accommodation: Bacalar Chico dive camp is at the northern tip of Belize’s largest island Ambergris Caye, a two hour boat ride from the fishing town of Sarteneja.

Sleeping: Shared beach-front eco-cabins to a max of 4 volunteers.

Food: Three meals a day prepared by local chefs.

Base size: maximum of three per staff member.

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