[MARMAM] Nyangumi Zanzibar - Humpback whales research in Zanzibar/Tanzania

DMAD Marine Mammals Research Association info at dmad.org.tr
Mon Jun 12 00:46:28 PDT 2023

*Nyangumi Zanzibar - Humpback whales research in Zanzibar/Tanzania*

The project focuses on the monitoring of the migrating humpback whales in
Tanzania waters, using variety of methods, including systematic small boat
surveys with data collection on distribution, behaviour, group cohesion,
photo identification and acoustics, in strategically selected areas.

The Humpback whale (*Megaptera novaeangliae*) - is a cosmopolitan species
which undertake extensive annual migrations, and yearly arriving to
Tanzania waters for breeding activities, and are observed around the
Archipelago of Zanzibar from July to October. Tanzania is witnessing a
remarkable recovery of this charismatic baleen whale after the severe
depletion of the population by industrial whaling. Despite being the most
studied species globally, there has been very limited research conducted in
Tanzania, leaving a considerable data gap, which prevents a conservation
status assessment. The current project aims to enhance information on
species ecology, population structure, connectivity, abundance estimates,
distribution, migration patterns, habitat use and breeding ecology by
conducting pertinent research that began in 2018.

By participating in the research, you’ll help to bridge a crucial data gap
for better understanding of the conservation status of the subpopulation
which will assist conservation strategy development in the region.


We offer a limited number of volunteering placements for the 2023 season,
based in Zanzibar archipelago. Selected volunteers will participate in the
small boat surveys around the Island and in Zanzibar Channel where
migration is taking place and will assist collecting visual and acoustic
data on humpback whales, gaining practical experience and theoretical
knowledge from reputable cetacean experts. BSc and MSc thesis development
are possible upon request. 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks placements are
available from mid-July 2023.


-Genuine interest in marine conservation, integrity, self-motivation,
maturity and ability to work responsibly;

-Physical fitness and mental endurance enabling sustaining long hours out
at sea in sometimes challenging conditions;

-Ability to cohabit in a dynamic and multicultural environment;

-Respect for the project's rules and work ethics, willingness to adhere to
the standards and protocols;

-Fluency in English (both spoken and written) and good communications

-Willingness to learn new software applications and field techniques;

-ability to handle equipment responsibly and with due care;

-Background in marine biology and previous fieldwork experience are an


-Participating in a small boat-based surveys twice a week (subject to
suitable weather).

-Collecting whales sighting, behavioural, acoustic and photo identification
data, alongside environmental and anthropogenic data;

-Operating various equipment including cameras, drone, hydrophone
(commensurate with skills and experience) and managing respective software
programs (Discovery, Pamguard, QGIS etc.);

-Data entry and basic analysis;

-Cataloguing and matching individuals of target species for photo-ID
studies via Discovery software;


The Nyangumi Zanzibar team provides lectures and field work training as
well as constant mentoring. You will be given the chance to learn the most
popular methodologies used in marine mammal research including:

-GIS mapping


-Discovery, Darwin and Logger 2010 software;

-Systematic data collection and data analysis;


The project contribution for volunteers is as follow:

●        2 weeks - $1000.

●        4 weeks - $1500.

●        8 weeks - $3000

●        12 weeks - $4500.

The contribution covers the cost of participation in the project and

-Accommodation in a shared with other volunteers and researchers house;

-Transportation to the survey sites in Zanzibar;

-Training and lectures with a copy of the lecture on PDF;

-Fieldwork (boat surveys);

-Use of the equipment (subject to respective skills).

Applicants are responsible for their international flights to/from
Zanzibar, meals, insurance (all participants must have health and/or travel
insurance), visa, tourist activities and personal expenses.

Other activities available for applicants (some activities may attract
additional cost, not covered by this placement):

-Diving/snorkeling one of the most biodiverse coral reefs;

-Visiting other marine NGOs, and learning about MPAs, coral reef
restoration, turtle hatcheries;

-multiple site seeing – rich UNESCO historical/cultural heritage;

-terrestrial national park with rarest endemic primate;

-mangroves forest.


Email your CV and cover letter to nyangumiznz at gmail.com, copying
info at dmad.org.tr, explaining why you are a suitable asset for our team and
which goals you hope to achieve with us, providing dates and duration of
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