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Projects Abroad celebrates the one year anniversary of Shark Conservation in Fiji.

Date added: Thursday 22nd January 2015

 

The past year has been a great success for Projects Abroad’s Shark Conservation Project in Fiji. It has been an extremely popular project with volunteers from the UK and around the world, due to its magnificent location, crystal clear waters and the unique opportunity to get up close to some of the most endangered and mis-understood animals in the world.

Sharks play a crucial role in our oceans and play a critical role in ocean ecosystems. Volunteers have the opportunity to work on pioneering shark protection projects alongside scientists and shark research experts. The primary aim of the Shark Conservation Project is to protect and conserve the eight species of sharks that inhabit the local waters through research and local community work.

Ingrid Sprake, Marine Conservation Director tells us "it is really amazing how much we have achieved in the first year, it has exceeded all our expectations. Our project looks at the root causes of shark conservation issues and works to combat each problem at the grass roots level. We believe in taking an active and practical approach to conservation. We act locally, but our work has a global impact."

Volunteers who haven’t dived before will receive their PADI Open Water diving certificate so you can participate in shark count surveys and setting underwater cameras and retrieving data. When you are not diving you will be helping with local community work.

By taking a pro-active approach to conservation you will be involved in planting mangroves with school children, recycling and being part of the shark education initiative through our monthly outreach programme. These activities make sure that the next generation is aware of the conservation issues that affect us all.

Project Coordinator, Ron Ronaivakulua commented "in one year we have grown and planted over 30,000 mangrove propagules in the local area, creating critical habitats for many species of juvenile sharks. Also this helps to offset our volunteers' carbon emissions and also protects our local coastal villages from the extreme weather that causes annual flooding."

This project is perfect for anyone who is interested in marine wildlife and the great outdoors. You do not need any previous diving or shark research experience to take part, as full training is provided.

If you are thinking of going on a gap year, a career break, completing university research or are interested in travelling than why not explore the turquoise seas of Fiji on our Shark Conservation Project?

Find out more about Shark Conservation in Fiji