[MARMAM] additional dates for volunteer/ internship opportunity in marine vertebrate monitoring in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, April, May, June, August, Oct 2015

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 23:32:02 PST 2015

Dear all,

We are looking for motivated volunteers/ students that are willing to
engage in the Berau marine vertebrates program, which aims to protect a
high diversity of large marine vertebrates including cetaceans, turtles, whale
sharks and manta rays in the Marine Park of Derawan Archipelago, East
Kalimantan, Indonesia. Besides raising awareness, engaging local
communities in sustainable handycraft and ecotourism activities, part of
the conservation program includes a long-term monitoring program of marine
vertebrates in the area. Surveys are being conducted by the local NGO Yayasan
Konservasi RASI (Conservation Foundation for Rare Aquatic Species of
Indonesia) under guidance of Dr. Danielle Kreb and Ir. Budiono. The
research team involves experienced RASI staff, trained local fishermen as
well as local and overseas (student) volunteers. We are looking for
motivated volunteers/ students that are willing to engage in the program
through a seven or eight-days monitoring survey in the beautiful landscape
of the Berau archipelago.We will collect data to determine relative
abundance, core area mapping, assessing seasonal species diversity and site
fidelity as well as habitat usage of large mafine vertebrates. Through
earlier surveys it was found that the highest relative abundance of
ceteaceans was within 5km radius of islands or reefs, and therefore we also
conduct coral reef monitoring at several locations by snorkling to asses
its health. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn theory and
practice of Reefcheck monitoring for the Indo-Pacific taught by a certified
ecodiver that will join the survey.There will be an opportunity to do
recreational things such as snorkling in the stingless jelly fish lake of
Kakaban and snorkling near Manta Rays and/or whale sharks following good
practice protocols.  Underwater photo-id will be attempted as well of whale


18-28 April (3 positions); 17-28 Mai (4 positions);6-16 June (3 positions);
14-25 August (4 positions); 12-23 October 2015 (3 positions). Deadlines for
the April and May surveys are 1 March 2015, for June & August 15 March 2015
and for October 1 July 2015.

Day by day schedule, qualifications for volunteers and costs involved can
be downloaded from a flyer posted on our website at:

We are looking forward to your participation!

Regards, Danielle and Budiono


Danielle Kreb (Ph.D.)

Member of IUCN/SSC/Cetacean Specialist Group

Scientific Program Advisor

Yayasan Konservasi RASI

Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia

Komplek Pandan Harum Indah

(Erlyza) Blok C, No. 52

Samarinda 75124

Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

Tel/ fax: + 62.541.744874 <%2B%2062.541.744874>

Mobile: 081346489515


Facebook group/page: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia
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