Volunteer on a turtle nesting and coral reef research project in Borneo

Sabah
Unpaid
23 Jun 2014
23 Jul 2014
Freelance
Full Time

Volunteer on this project and help to increase the number of pelagic fish in the coral reef and maintain the ecosystem as well as protecting the endangered species of Turtles who come to the island to nest. This is done through fish aggregating devices such as recycled water bottles, netlon, canvas and treated concrete structures and monitoring their success, staging beach patrols and developing our nestling nursery. 

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 feeds apply but 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