If you are passionate about our oceans and marine wildlife then this blog is for you! The wildlife in our oceans is constantly under threat from pollution, climate change, tourism, fishing and invasive species, to name but a few!
We offer projects that help to maintain the coral reefs that so much marine life depends on. Not only that, but our projects help protect some magnificent marine animals, including sea turtles and whale sharks. There are also projects where you can help with data collection that will then be used by scientist in their conservation research.
Keep reading to find out how you can become involved in some of the incredible work that is taking place across the globe.
How can I help?
Professionals within the field of marine biology who are conducting marine research and rebuilding coral reefs run our projects. This work requires a lot of manpower so volunteers are needed to help support these projects.
How will I do this?
Firstly, you will be taught how to SCUBA dive which will allow you to gain your diving qualification. Alternatively, if you can already SCUBA dive, there are opportunities for you to build on your current diving skills.
We have a variety of projects and the role of each varies. These are some of the activities available across the projects we work with:
- Track marine creature populations and migration, and to help re-build reefs.
- Monitor conditions of coral reefs.
- Coral planting.
- Coral reef or beach clean-up initiatives.
- Biodiversity surveys.
- Marine species monitoring and migration monitoring.
- Database maintenance, data entry and analysis.
- Night walks to deter turtle poaching.
- Spearfishing of Lionfish to remove this predator.
- Environmental education initiatives.
- Help with beach clean-ups.
The recovery and regeneration of coral reefs and the marine species that depend upon them is possible with your help. With your helping hand, the world’s oceans may just remain a beautiful place to enjoy through the ages.
How might this benefit marine wildlife?
By helping our projects restore the ecosystems in our oceans, you will also be assisting in preserving the biodiversity of species within our oceans.
What challenges might I face?
- When you are SCUBA diving, you will have to get used to buoyancy – a divers tendency to float.
- Be aware that species don’t perform – there are seasonal variations in different species so be prepared for the fact that you may not see certain animals.
- As we all know, the weather is unpredictable – if there is a storm, it will prevent you from going out diving for safety reasons. Your safety is extremely important to us at Kaya.
What might I learn?
During your time on one of our Marine Conservation projects, you will learn a range of new skills, including how to SCUBA dive. You will be able to learn about the different species that you will be protecting and about their natural habitat.
Also, you will gain an insight into how humans harm the under-water world and what actions you can take personally to help maintain the beauty of the ocean and the safety of its inhabitants.
This project will also enable you to understand what species have become endangered and what actions can be taken in order to avoid the extinction of these exotic marine creatures.
Furthermore, you will leave your placement with an in depth understanding of conservation projects and what people are doing around the world to help preserve the oceans.