"World class diving, discovering true shark life from the baby's to the endangered! A true shark lovers trip!"
Did you ever see that film about oceanic jam containers attacking un-suspecting swimmers? Jars? Wait, that doesn’t sound right… Anyway, if you’re interested in arguably the world’s most enigmatic and misunderstood creature, then this is the project for you. You’ll help to increase understanding about the behaviour and diversity of endangered shark species, helping to secure their future. And all the while you’ll be living on a secluded Fijian island paradise drenched in sunlight and with sparkling cerulean seas. Fiji is home to an astonishing assortment of marine life including over 1,200 species of fish, 15 species of whale and dolphin and 10 species of shark.
Once you’ve learned to SCUBA dive, you’ll work alongside world-renowned shark conservation and marine biology experts to study levels of diversity among local shark populations. You’ll dive with different species of shark in a controlled and safe environment, helping to increase understanding of behaviours and population dynamics. You’ll also observe and record other marine life and explore vibrant coral and mangrove ecosystems. The research done on this project will help to inform future protection and management plans for shark populations in the area. In your free time, immerse yourself in island life by attending local church ceremonies, learning coconut-weaving, going horse-back riding on the beach or trekking to a waterfall. Paradise!
Sharks, as an apex predator, are needed to regulate the natural balance and functioning of ecosystems. Sadly, this enigmatic creature is often misunderstood and is at risk of persecution from people who fear them. The creatures are also in demand for their fins, and face further threat from climate change and habitat degradation. Frontier’s Fiji Shark Conservation Project runs in partnership with the University of the South Pacific and aims to increase understanding of shark populations around the Fijian island of Beqa, which is currently data-deficient. This information is needed to inform successful shark protection and management strategies in the area. Another project goal is to gather information about population dynamics and behaviours of the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark, with the hope that local and international protective measures will be improved.
Volunteers work to help assess different factors that threaten the survival of sharks, including pollution, habitat degradation and overfishing. By exploring and recording coral reef ecosystems volunteers are able to help assess availability of food for sharks as well as pollution levels and the health of coral reefs. The project also does important work in the local community, working to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of shark conservation and helping communities to make informed decisions about how to manage coastal ecosystems and protect sharks.
- Travel & medical advice & documentation
- Equipment advice
- Discounted medical kit
- Free t-shirt
- UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
- Cast away camp accommodation & food
- Local orientation & comprehensive project training
- Project equipment & camp diving equipment
- Research materials
- 24 hour in-country support
- International HQ emergency support & back-up
- Free airport pickup and transfer to the island for volunteers arriving on the first Monday of each month. For those arriving on different dates optional airport pickup, transfers to the island and accommodation for the first night can be arranged at a small additional cost.
- Diving projects: Dive training to PADI Dive Master courses available & FREE use of project dive equipment, including tanks, BCDs, Regs, weights, compressor & all air fills, boats, outboard engines. Scuba dive courses available subject to availability, confined water dives may be done in Suva.
- Extra fun dives, recreational dives and speciality dives available at extra cost
- Personal dive kit, including mask, fins, snorkel and wet suit not included but available at an extra cost.
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