[MARMAM] IFAW: Internship Opportunity

App IFAW applications.ifaw at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 12:54:45 PDT 2018

Dear all,

Please find below the internship description and instructions for
Thank you.

All best,
Leonor Galhardo

*Email: leonor.galhardo at gmail.com <leonor.galhardo at gmail.com>*

*Skype: leonor.galhardo*

*Phone: +351967640406 <+351%20967%20640%20406>*


*Ship speeds in the Strait of Gibraltar*

*This internship is through IFAW’s European Marine Conservation Programme
and based in the IFAW office in Brussels, Belgium.*

*Programme Background*

IFAW’s Marine Conservation Programme focuses on protecting critical
habitat, conserving endangered cetaceans, and addressing threats to
cetaceans such as whaling, entanglement, ship strike and anthropogenic
noise. IFAW works to reduce the risk of ship strikes to whales in known
vessel-whale hotspots, while continuing to identify other high risk areas.
IFAW is also a permanent observer at the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) and the International Whaling Commission (IWC). As part
of IFAW’s efforts to protect marine life from the impacts of ocean noise we
educate the public about this global pollution problem, work within the IMO
to provide expert advice on marine mammals and focus on governmental and
industry change to decrease underwater noise pollution throughout the
world’s oceans.


The Strait of Gibraltar is transited by an increasingly large number of
ferries and fast ferries on the North-South axis, and cargos on the
East-West axis. Approximately 110,000 voyages occur in the Strait each year
connecting numerous North African and Middle Eastern ports with those in
North, Central, and South America. This, along with passenger and fast
ferries that transport 4,000,000 passengers per year, private yachts,
whale-watching and fishing vessels, makes the area a major vessel-strike
risk to whales.

Following review by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a
13-knot speed limit recommendation between April and August was endorsed
through the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to reduce the
risk of ship strike to sperm whales. This recommended speed restriction was
added to International Nautical Charts, and disseminated as a Notice to
Mariners (published on January 2007 by the Spanish Navy Hydrographical
Institute). In so doing, this measure became the first vessel speed
recommendation instituted in a TSS (Traffic Separation Scheme) for the
purposes of cetacean conservation.

*Internship Duties*

Between June and September 2018 the intern, based in the Brussels office,

1.     Review recent information on cetacean distribution in the area
engaging with local researchers, and conduct interviews.

2.     Assess how the speed limit has been communicated and respected (or
not) in the past years, where feasible, and continue ship monitoring via
www.marinetraffic.com to enable analysis of shipping behaviour to continue.

   1. Investigate how information regarding the voluntary speed limit is
   communicated to ship operators (nautical charts, radio broadcasts via VHS
   Spain, sailing directions etc.), the proportion of ship operators
   informed/aware of the speed limit, when information is received (e.g. in
   time to incorporate in voyage planning or not) etc.
   2. Continue investigation and compile information on speeds of ships
   travelling through speed limit area of 13 knots (24 km/hr).
   3. Identify approximately 20 of biggest container ships, identify
   owner/operator and compile contact details.
   4. Evaluate numbers and types of ships exceeding the speed limit.
   Evaluate responses from ship operators. Outreach to ship operators, Spanish
   and Moroccan governments.


   1. Must be at least 18 years old and an EU citizen.
   2. Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or to have
   graduated within 3 years.
   3. Able to follow written and oral staff directions and protocols
   effectively and able to work in teams and individually.
   4. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
   5. Must be able to commit to a minimum 4 days a week during the
   internship session.
   6. Fluent in English and good level of Spanish is preferable.


Undergraduate or graduate of biology, zoology, ecology, nautical engineer
or related field.

*Important Information*

·     This internship is unpaid and housing and transportation are the
responsibility of the intern. IFAW will provide intern with expenses
reimbursements and cover travel costs to Spain as necessary.

·     Interns intending to receive academic credit are responsible for
making all arrangements with their educational institution.

·     Please email any questions regarding academic credits and general
questions to: applications.ifaw at gmail.com.

*Application materials due by:* *13 April, 2018*
*Internship starts 1st June 2018.*

*Only complete applications will be considered.*

Required application materials (you must provide all three):

·     Cover Letter

·     Resume or C.V.

·     One Letter of Recommendation from college professor or supervisor.
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