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  • Mediterranean Biodiversity

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Eco Dive Volunteers

Hippocampus guttulatus KEDWe welcome scuba divers to assist with our marine conservation coastal research projects as citizen scientists. Eco Dive volunteering provides an ideal opportunity for marine biology, gap-year students or anyone keen to take part in marine species surveys to enjoy free warm water scuba diving whilst learning about Mediterranean coastal ecology.

This summer (2014) we are beginning a Seahorse Project which will include a full population survey to assess the current numbers, and the pressures upon seahorses and pipefish, in a bay where seasonal anchoring is eroding the seagrass meadows.

We need experienced scuba divers, marine biology students or graduates, and underwater photograhers to participate in our Seahorse Project.

Volunteers assessing Posidonia oceanica

Mediterranean biodiversity is high along the Montgri coast of the Costa Brava, due to the rocky coastline that has deterred tourist development, and the presence of Posidonia oceanica seagrass beds - an essential feeding and breeding habitat for seahorses and pipefish that has already disappeared from many Mediterranean countries. One of our research stations is now within the Medes, Montgri i Baix Ter Natural Park and we are closely monitoring the level of biodiversity.

Marine biology students gain valuable fieldwork experience by taking part in marine conservation surveys with our Eco Dive volunteering projects. Marine research coursework assignments can be undertaken whilst staying in volunteer accommodation and with our logistical support. But you don’t need to be a marine biologist to become an Eco Dive Research Volunteer!

PADI Open Water (or equivalent) is required to take part in underwater research as a volunteer. You can study the theory online and take the practical course in the Mediterranean Sea. 

10 Reasons to Volunteer as a Research Diver 

  1. Enjoy genuine and affordable volunteering with free research diving
  2. Log up to 10 dives per week
  3. Dive the Medes Islands Marine Reserve during induction training*
  4. Volunteer self-catering accommodation and transport provided at subsidised rates**
  5. Assist the Silmar Project at two research stations on the Costa Brava
  6. Induction training on the Silmar protocol and identifying key species
  7. Gain practical underwater survey experience collecting scientific data on marine biodiversity
  8. Help to clean up deadly marine litter for Project AWARE
  9. Network and socialise with like-minded international scuba divers
  10. Log up underwater fieldwork experience for your CV

*New volunteers staying for at least two weeks.

**From €35 per night including Girona airport and daily transfers, self-catering facilities, sun terrace and WiFi.

Marine Life Costa Brava is an ongoing project, building a catalogue of the sea life that we see whilst fun diving and carrying out marine conservation research. Visit this site to see photos and information on the key species that we are monitoring for the Silmar Project and the amazing marine biodiversity of the Costa Brava. 

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