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Dive Volunteer Participation in Shark and Turtle Research

DiVo doing turtle research

Tagging activities must be conducted in a responsible fashion. At the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, there is a strict permits system that only allows recognised experts to conduct extraction for marine research purposes. Volunteers can see up close how marine scientists do shark calling, and the different techniques to tagging small sharks such as the white tip and bigger shark like the grey reef. Voluntourism benefits the scientists by funding or subsidising berths for the scientists on a pilot DiVo liveaboard expedition in collaboration with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

Volunteers can also participate in a day visit to Moreton Bay Research Station through the Turtles in Trouble program run by Earthwatch Australia, where they will work with Dr Kathy Townsend and her PhD research student, Qamar Schulyer studying how to redress the lethal impact of plastics ingestion on turtles (who probably think floating plastics are jellyfish). Although no diving will be involved, volunteers will undertake a marine debris survey. An educational day out for an ecotourist wanting a hands-on experience in helping our endangered turtles in Australia.

 

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