[MARMAM] HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH AND LEARNING PROGRAMME IN CAPE VERDE, AFRICA

AIMM Internships interns at aimm-portugal.org
Sun Nov 5 16:51:35 PST 2017


*HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH AND LEARNING PROGRAMME IN CAPE VERDE, AFRICA*



*BACKGROUND: *The Marine Environment Research Association is a non-profit,
non-governmental organization focused on the research and conservation of
marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in southern Portugal
(Algarve) and Boa Vista, Cape Verde. This project aims to obtain baseline
information on species occurrence, behaviour, and social structure of the
local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support
conservation measures and inform marine management policies.

The main species observed are Humpback whales (*Megaptera novaeangliae*)
and the rough-toothed (*Steno bredanensis*) although more than 14 species
of cetacean were describe to the Cape Verde region. Sea turtle could be
also find in the ocean, mostly the Green turtle (*Chelonia mydas*),
Loggerhead turtle and Leatherback turtle (*Dermochelys coriacea*).

AIMM participants are hard-working individuals who are willing to
contribute to the association and support on-going activities, while
experiencing fieldwork at sea, learning data collection and processing
methodologies, and being a part of AIMM's team of researchers and marine
biologists for a period of time. All team members and participants share
accommodation, house tasks, knowledge and experience in an environmental
friendly and multicultural environment.



*WHERE:* Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, África



*WHEN:* The field season lasts from 1st of March to 31st of May, 2017. The
minimum attendance is 14 days, preferably starting on a Monday.



*FIELDWORK: *The field trips are conducted in an opportunistic platforms
(commercial whale-watching boats). Fieldwork is dependent on weather
conditions and seat availability in the whale-watching boats. Field days
can be intense, especially in the peak of season, but are fulfilling and
good fun. The participants will be trained to:

·  Conduct on-board surveys of marine species occurrence

·  Record effort tracks on a handheld GPS

·  COllect data on behavior, group size, species, etc.

·  Collection of photos to photo-identification and underwater videos while
on-board



*DATA ANALYSIS: *This will be conducted on a daily basis and will entail
entering data into established databases and spreadsheets,
photo-identification processing, and preliminary data interpretation.



*FEES:* AIMM is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from our
volunteers, partners, and conservation-minded people like you so that we
may continue our important research and education programs. This Learning
Programme requires a monetary contribution which is used to off-set the
cost of accommodation and running a non-profit.

For more information on the fees for the 2018 season, please contact:
interns at aimm-portugal.org with the title “CAPE VERDE LEARNING PROGRAMME”

*Included* in the fee is:

·     Accommodation in the research house;

·     Transportation to/from the marina

·     Fieldwork on a commercial whale-watching vessels



*Not included* in the fee is:

·     Transportation to/from Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde

·      Meals / food

·     Visa

·     Free time activities

·     Personal insurance (all participants should have health and/or travel
insurance)

·     Personal expenses



*PARTICIPANTS** ARE EXPECTED TO:*

·     Be above the age of 18

·     Have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research and environment

·     Be autonomous and flexible

·     Be able to live and work in an international team and mainly outdoors
at sea

·     Speak English

·     Participate for minimum 2 weeks



*Preference will be given* to those who have:

·     Relevant marine mammal field experience

·     Availability to stay for longer periods of time

·     Experience working from dolphin/whale watching platforms

·     Experience in photo-identification



*LEARNING PROGRAMME APPLICATION: *

Applicants should send an e-mail to interns at aimm-portugal.org, subject “*CAPE
VERDE LEARNING PROGRAMME*” with your Resume/CV, personal statement on which
are your expectations and the period of time that you want do the
programme.

You will received an e-mail with the availability for the programme and all
the others details.

Applications will be accepted during all season, however, early application
is recommended due to limited vacancies.




*Contacts*: interns at aimm-portugal.org | www.aimmportugal.org |

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Research Association*

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