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Join Dr. Demian Chapman, a prominent shark conservationist, on a volunteer expedition to the South Water Caye marine reserve off the shores of Belize. Learn how to track sharks, catch them to study their diets, film them using underwater cameras, and study their recovery in the newly protected waters.
The shark population off the coast of Belize is dwindling due to overfishing for their fins, but with your help and the many dedicated locals and conservationists, the shark population is on its way to recovery. Lend a helping hand in the research all while enjoying the beautiful Caribbean waters and reefs of the Belizean coast.
This program is also available to teen volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18. The teen program includes food, accommodation, supervision, and offers exciting activities such as:
Please see Earthwatch’s site for teen program dates & rates.
Meet your team, introduction to the research
Daily activity includes: Catching/tracking sharks: The team members on the boat will set out long lines to catch sharks. In the evening, they'll return to implant transmitters in and release any sharks caught and bring in the fishing equipment
Watching underwater video: the team will set up BRUVs (baited remote underwater video cameras) at various spots in shallow water. From the field station, you'll analyze the video footage to see what sharks and other marine animals are up to.
Processing fin samples: Also at the field station, team members will help organize and process the tissue samples taken from sharks by fishermen.
Early morning departure
|Population||368,310 (2015 estimate)|
|Major Airport(s):||Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Agriculture, Energy, Transport, Tourism|
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