Fiji Shark Conservation
Where: Beqa Island, Fiji
Focus: Surveying coral reefs occupied by sharks to help identify the cause of the decline in the local shark population and what can be done to prevent this.
When: All year round | Project starts 1st and 3rd Monday of the month (alternative dates available on request).
Duration: 1-20 weeks. Recommended minimum length of stay is 4 weeks in order to get involved in all the different surveys.
Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.
Cost: The price gets cheaper the longer you stay – available here.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Learn to dive and survey sharks around Beqa Island.
- Use underwater census techniques to record the ecology, diversity, behaviour and the health of the shark population.
- Learn to identify different shark species as well as reef fish, marine invertebrates and coral species.
- Dive and snorkel to study the marine life living on coral reefs – ones that are essential for healthy shark populations.
- Work with local communities, and raise awareness regarding the importance of sharks within Fiji
- Explore mangrove forests and productive intertidal areas.
- Study the impact of artisanal fishing on sharks and coral reefs.
- Determine the effects of global warming on marine life
Note: The type of field work will vary depending on the time of year, the focus of the research program when joining and the volunteer’s length of stay.
Dive Training: All volunteers must be at least PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) to take part in the surveys. Full training is provided in-country for an additional fee.
PADI Certifications: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue, Divemaster.
Divemaster Internship: Available for an extra GDP 600.
Equipment: All dive equipment is included for dive trainees. Those not doing a course can bring their own or rent locally.
Fun dives: Recreational dives and speciality dives available at extra cost.
Volunteers stay at the Beqa house and camp, a communal castaway-style camp on Beqa Island with a locally built timber frame house. The camp is a five minute walk away from the beach through the rainforest. Volunteers help with daily camp maintenance by taking turns to cook, tidy and clean the camp, rinse the dive kit, and help with a wide variety of other important and essential camp duties.
Sleeping: A mattress on the floor covered with a mosquito net.
Food: 3 healthy meals a day.
Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support & back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available
Transport: Free airport pick up and transfer to the island is provided for volunteers arriving on the first Monday of each month. For those arriving on a different day airport pick up, transfers to the island and accommodation for the first night can be arranged at a small additional cost.
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