Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation,
This project focuses on the invasion of lion fish to the Belizean waters, which are a threat to marine life in the caribbean. Volunteers on this project spend Monday to Friday on the island, generally diving 3 times a day and working towards their PADI certification. The weekends are spent back on land, relaxing and enjoying the local Belizean life.
Based on a tiny private island off the coast of Punta Gorda, this marine conservation project has worked in conjunction with the fisheries department for the past 7 years,researching issues affecting the world’s second largest coral reef.
Lion fish, an Asian species with no natural predators in the Caribbean were thought to have been released in Florida in the 90’s. Now the populatio has increased exponentially and they are decimating the Belizean reef. One lionfish in an area can decrease the juvenile fish population by 80% in just 5 weeks. The main focus of the project is to reduce their population through spear fishing, encouraging locals to catch them for food and to teach moray eels to hunt them.
Although work is mainly focused on lion fish control, other volunteer roles will be monitoring Lobster populations, Conch migration, coralhealth, fish species and whale shark identification. PADI qualifications are provided for non-divers or those wishing to improve skills.
Punta Gorda is the nearest town, with a thriving Saturday market. You can visit Mayan villages, hike in the jungle or easily travel into Guatemala at weekends. The volunteer house is s short walk from the town centre.
All projects are self-funded, but include accommodation, food, airport transfer and training. Click to apply and a project advisor will be in touch to discuss price and availability.
The Arches, North Campus Incubator
Telephone 1: 0161 8706212
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