Marine Conservation in Mozambique
Volunteering in marine conservation in Mozambique is a unique experience where volunteers who are truly interested in marine science, animal biology and science generally can help the scientists in situ collect data on the megafauna, fish species and coral health in the local seas, reefs and estuary.
This information is collected on scuba dives, snorkelling with the whale sharks, visits to the estuary and visits to coral reefs by using dive logs, underwater photography and video and then editing the photos and video, uploading them onto the Google Drive, cataloguing all the fish species and coral species identified (reference books on hand), identifying the sex, approximate size and also helping identify individual animals by photographing individual markings.
The main goal of the scientists is to produce reports on the variety and numbers of local marine animals, fish and reef health and present these to local and national governments, and many other interested parties, in order to help preserve this unique hotspot and stop the decline in the megafauna and other species.
Anyone interested in a career in marine science or with a penchant for science generally will love the opportunity to work with these enthusiastic scientists.
Marine conservation includes Scuba Diving
Some of the data is collected on scuba dives – approximately 4 times weekly – and there are some 20 different sites along the coast where you can dive. If you have not dived before and are not a registered diver, you can spend your first week taking your Open Water Dive qualification.
There are also options to take your Dive Master Qualification whilst there – ask us for more details of this.
Note: Getting in and out of the boats relies on volunteers being able to pull themselves up and over the side of the boat. Assistance will be given but this may put some people off so we would recommend that the scuba diving and snorkelling element of this placement is only suitable for people who are able to pull themselves back onto the boats therefore with a good level of fitness and mobility. Also, currents can be strong so good swimming skills are important.
Volunteering in marine conservation involves Snorkelling
Snorkelling is an important part of collecting the data on the whale sharks. The volunteers go out on ocean safaris and once the whale sharks are spotted, drop into the water wearing their snorkelling gear (provided but bring your own if you already have), and then following the whale sharks taking photos, video and attempting to identify their sex, size and individual markings.
Snorkelling also is an important part of collecting the data in the estuary visits, which take place every 2 weeks, to monitor the presence of sea horses, fishing practices and the diversity on a small area of reef within the estuary.
Volunteering in marine conservation includes working in a Community Project educating the local children about conservation and teaching them to swim, surf and life save
Volunteers also help out approximately once a week with this charming community project, teaching the local children swimming, surfing, life saving skills and also through art and craft about the importance of the local megafauna in the surrounding waters.
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Below are the prices for volunteering for those who are registered divers and for those who need to do the open divers course in the first week:
|Number of weeks||Placement prices for registered divers||Placement prices for unregistered divers including open water dive course|
|2 weeks duration||US$ 3,000||US$ 3,120|
|3 weeks duration||US$ 3,449||US$ 3,569|
|4 weeks duration||US$ 4,000||US$ 4,120|
|5 weeks duration||US$ 4,735||US$ 4,855|
|6 weeks duration||US$ 5,449||US$ 5,569|
|7 weeks duration||US$ 6,200||US$ 6,320|
|8 weeks duration||US$ 6,935||US$ 7,055|
|12 weeks duration||US$ 9,723||US$ 9,843|