We 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.
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.
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 them, 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.
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. Take the course in the Mediterranean with English speaking instructors.
*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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