Dive in to Volunteer

diving in Akumal Bay

This is a great opportunity for students looking for field experience in reef ecology and biodiversity conservation, or individuals interested in marine ecology and conservation.

A BIT ABOUT THE CORAL REEF MONITORING PROJECT

The main goal is to collect comprehensive data on the MAR (Mesoamerican Barrier Reef) in Akumal to assess the health of the reefs which helps CEA continue building a historical record of the anthropogenic impact on the bay as well as that of the MAR, and is used to identify what steps must be made to protect Akumal Bay and its reefs.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

  • learn theoretical background on the biology and ecology of coral reef ecosystems and the MAR
  • receive training in benthic groups, fish and coral species as well as coral health identification (including identifying diseases, syndromes and competition following AGRRA and MBRS methodologies
  • monitor Akumal's reefs by snorkel or scuba
  • assist with the pre-analysis of the collected data Participants may also get involved and assist with seagrass monitoring to determine the current coverage in Akumal Bay or contribute to other ongoing projects and programs.

WHO CAN APPLY?

To qualify for this program and project, we are looking for those who:

  • have an open water diver certification by the time the program starts
  • are 21 years old
  • are keen on gaining field experience or are curious about marine ecology
  • are able to commit for the duration of the project phase

START DATE: August 25, 2015
END DATE: November 20, 2015
FEE: 1,500 USD (This includes your accommodation in our furnished co-ed dormitories in the heart of Akumal and all project-related diving costs.)

INTERESTED?

Please contact CEA at communications.ceakumal@gmail.com for more information and/or application form.


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