Together we can Make a Difference

As Richard says "The links between the ocean and climate change cannot be ignored and it’s so positive to see that these issues are now front and centre for governments around the world. It is a staggering fact that 80% of the world’s fish stocks are fully fished or overfished – we must safeguard the ocean". Please check out the video below and visit https://virg.in/Jnz

How you can Help

Looking for a marine conservation career? Thinking of taking a gap year or career break? There are many marine conservation jobs, internships, courses and marine research expeditions that will take you to exciting parts of the world with amazing organisations doing valuable work.

Below is an example of one person's experience working with WiseOceans, a specialist Marine Education and Conservation company striving to spread awareness for our wonderful yet fragile oceans and the creatures that live within them. They are a leading resource in marine conservation jobs, advice, news, events, marine education, information and recruiting marine educators.

My work with the WiseOceans team

Hello, my name is Irma, I am currently doing a degree in environmental science and it’s been almost two months since I started working with WiseOceans as their Marine Conservation Trainee.

I saw this job as an amazing opportunity to build myself professionally, especially now that I am soon to start my final year at the university. Though I was a bit nervous at first I have had such an amazing time working with WiseOceans and I have learnt and experienced so much. For having been inactive in water for so long, this traineeship has helped restart an extinguishing fire in my heart. Being in the water has felt so amazing, feeling that rush when I see the abundance and richness of species at Petite Anse reef. Seeing things such as reef fish, squids, nudibranch and the whitetip reef shark. I feel very lucky to be working in such a breath-taking environment and is much more appreciative of working in such a beautiful country.

On top of that i am proud to be part of such amazing team.During my time I have done a bit of everything. I have gotten the chance to refresh my skills in beach profiling, which I found very accomplishing. Some other activities such as turtle walks in the morning to see if there had been any nesting, though not common, it is always good to be on the lookout. Helping the Reef Restoration Officer with coral transplants and nursery maintenance has opened me up to some new things. Also during the reef restoration demonstrations on Saturdays helping visitors get to learn more about the project and attach their own coral fragments onto metal bars to be transported to the nursery.

Corals being very important as they make up our reef ecosystem, we participate in the Coral watch surveys by selecting spot within Petite Anse bay and record on the coral colouration (which can indicate the coral’s health). This allows the monitoring of the world’s coral reefs health.

Putting science to one side, I have also had chances in assisting with visitors on guided snorkels, which is a chance for them to learn more about Petite Anse reef itself and see the nursery with all the amazing species that inhabit. Allowing them to be or feel closer to the marine environment.

Altogether I feel that I am being well prepared for the future and i am grateful for the opportunity being a Marine Conservation Trainee has given me.

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