[MARMAM] Limited positions available for volunteers in April, June, October cetacean surveys in Derawan Marine Park, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 00:39:15 PST 2016

Dear all,

We are looking for motivated volunteers and/or students that are willing to
engage in the Berau large 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 large
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, as well as local and
overseas (student) volunteers. We are looking for motivated volunteers that
are willing to engage in the program through an 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 marine vertebrates. Besides photo-id collection of cetaceans, we will
also take photo-id of whale sharks.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. Cetacean species
directly encountered during the surveys so far include, (dwarf)spinner-,
spotted-, Fraser’s-, Risso’s-, long-beaked common dolphins as well as
common bottlenose and Indo-Pacific bottlenose-dolphins, Irrawaddy and
Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, dwarf sperm whale-, melon-headed- and false
killer whales, sperm whales and humpback whales..Volunteers will have the
opportunity to learn theory and practice of Reefcheck monitoring for the
Indo-Pacific.There will be an opportunity to do recreational things such as
snorkling in the stingless jelly fish lake of Kakaban, visiting caves in
Maratua Island and snorkling near Manta Rays and/or whale sharks following
good practice protocols.


24 April-5 May; 16 June-27 June;3-14 October 2016

 Deadlines for the April and June surveys are 15 February and 15 March

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

Mobile: 081346489515


Facebook group/page: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia
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