Who: The Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE)
Where: The Philippines – various sites
Focus: Data collection of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles by freediving or scuba diving. LAMAVE runs various projects across the Philippines:
- Identify and describe the turtle population.
- Monitor the presence of whale sharks, conduct in-water behavioural surveys and understand the effects of tourism.
- Identify and describe manta and devil rays, and identify conservation priority areas to set the basis for the creation of a dedicated network of protected areas.
When: Varies depending on project.
Duration: Min. 3 month stay (min 1 month for manta ray projects).
Suitability: Over 18s. Volunteers on freediving projects should be confident swimmers and able to freedive to 7 metres.
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