[MARMAM] Volunteer position open for Berau Large Marine Vertebrates Program in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, 3-14 October 2016

Danielle Kreb danielle.kreb1 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 02:54:09 PDT 2016


We are happy to open a last position for a motivated volunteer and/or
student that is 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. Volunteers are
asked to join the program for 12 days and conduct an eight-days boat-based
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-, rough-toothed-,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-, fin- 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.



Date:

3-14 October 2016

deadline for applying:  31 July 2016

Day by day schedule, qualifications for volunteers and costs involved (25%
discount to students at all degrees or finished no longer than one year
after their degree) can be downloaded from a flyer posted on our website
at: http://www.ykrasi.org/coastal.html

We are looking forward to your participation!



Regards, Danielle and Budiono
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Danielle Kreb (Ph.D.)
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
Mobile: 081346489515
http://www.ykrasi.org
Facebook group/page: Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia

*“To the dolphin alone, nature has given that which the best*
*philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage. Though it has no*
*need of help from any man, it is a genial friend to all and has helped
mankind.”*
*–Plutarch*
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