Volunteer to conserve sharks in South Water Caye, Belize.

Earthwatch

Shark Conservation in Belize


Who
: Earthwatch

Where: South Water Caye, or Glover’s Reef, Belize.

Focus: To determine how long an overfished shark population takes to recover in a brand new marine protected area

Suitability:

  • Adult Teams – Over 18s. Volunteers aged 15-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Teen Teams – All volunteers aged between 15-18.
  • Group bookings on request.

When: Set expedition dates – Adult: January and June. Teen: July

Duration: 8 days

Cost: Expeditions starts from – Adult: GBP 2200 | Teen: GBP 2500

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Learn more about sharks and how they interact with the world around them, in order to help strengthen future conservation practices.
  • Catch sharks to take tissue samples for diet analysis, and attach tracking tags that will allow researchers to track their movements in relation to reserve boundaries – a critical part of assessing how well the reserve is working.
  • Observe ocean life through baited, remote underwater video cameras (BRUV) at various spots in shallow water. Later, volunteers will help analyse video footage to gain insights into the lives of sharks and other marine life.
  • Catalog the fin samples taken from sharks by fisherman at the field station.

The Base

  • Accommodation: Volunteers stay at a field station near the ocean, either at South Water Caye or Glover’s Reef. Both stations have dorm-style rooms with electric fans, showers, and refrigerators for personal food.
  • Sleeping: Shared, dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds.
  • Food: 3 meals a day in either the field station or in the field.

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