Turtle Nesting and Coral Reef Conservation in Borneo

Sabah
Unpaid
10 Feb 2014
10 Mar 2014
Freelance
Full Time

Working on this project will help to increase the number of pelagic fish in the area. This is done through fish aggregating devices such as recycled water bottles, netlon, canvas and treated concrete structures and monitoring their success. As the fish are attracted to elements underwater that they can hide behind, you will be working to find the best solution in the area and to help implement the underwater planting of these devices.

Turtles come to the island from May to September to nest, and the project conducts turtle surveys by boat and by snorkel during the day. At night time, members of the project team and volunteers monitor nesting to minimise poaching. The island has about 300 nests each year and is a very significant nesting site for Green Turtles in South East Asia. Hawksbill turtles also nest but in much smaller numbers. All the activities are contributing towards protecting the habitats and lives of the turtle population and other marine wildlife.

Volunteer manpower is desperately needed to help with this essential conservation work. Turtle nesting is a precarious activity and human intervention helps to protect the eggs and hatchlings when they are most vulnerable. The beach patrols take place every night and could not be done without the help of volunteers.

There are no specific qualifications required, just a willingness to work hard and be part of the team. Project fees include; accommodation, airport pick-ups, food, orientation and 24h support.

For more information please contact one of our project advisors at info@kayavolunteer.com or visit our website; www.kayavolunteer.com