Philippines Reef Conservation project
Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) has been working on its current site in the heart of the coral triangle in Southern Leyte, Philippines for almost a decade, with a goal to ensure the regions’ coral reefs thrive and sustainably provide for local communities in the face of growing demand. Research teams are led by CCC staff and comprised of local scholars and international volunteers, that have received in depth training in species ID and survey skills. CCC research teams conduct surveys analysing the ecological status of the Barangay’s reef system. Over the years the data from these surveys has resulted in the establishment of 13 (to date – Oct 2019) Marine Protected Areas and CCC is now at the vital stage of assessing whether these MPAs are functioning successfully.
Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) believe in a future where our choices today will benefit the generations of tomorrow, where coral reefs will sustainably provide for local communities in the face of growing demand, allowing these systems to thrive in harmony with human kind. We work with local communities in developing countries through the provision of scientific data collection, whilst increasing opportunities for education and training, building awareness, and inspiring the next generation of conservationists!
You will get to dive on some of the most beautiful reefs in the world whilst actively contributing to their conservation. Teams of volunteers collect data on the ecological status of the reef allowing for the development of management plans. You do not need to have any scientific or diving background, we will give you all the training you need.
Philippines Reef Conservation project – Southern Leyte:
Marine – minimum stay of two weeks
Start dates every 4 weeks
Location – Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte, Philippines
What can you gain? – become an Asia-Pacific Reef Check EcoDiver. Get certified up to PADI Advanced Open Water and beyond. Get certified as an Expedition Care Program first aider. Gain experience in species ID and survey techniques.
The Philippines lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle; a region of the Indo-Pacific celebrated as the most diverse marine ecosystem on the planet. The waters around the 7641 islands that make up the archipelago are home to a staggering diversity of life, from tiny pygmy seahorses to large ocean wanders like whale sharks and manta rays. Coral Cay is at the forefront of efforts to conserve this beautiful ecosystem and ensure its long-term future.
We have been in the Philippines for nearly 20 years and we have been at our current site in Napantao since 2008. The building we are in is right on the water and the house reef, about 20 meters from where you would be sleeping, is like a garden under the sea!
All marine volunteers that require it will receive PADI dive training up to Advanced Open Water, once certified those that join for longer periods are welcome to train all the way up to PADI Divemaster. You will be taken through a rewarding skills development program based on an extended version of the globally recognised reef surveying methodology – Reef Check. Through this training you will learn how to identify a host of corals, fish and invertebrates, and how to conduct surveys. Training is carried out through a mixture of classroom and scuba ‘pointy’ sessions to ensure it is adapted to a wide range of learning preferences, and fun! Once successfully trained you will be armed with the knowledge to carry out meaningful data collection. The data collected by teams of staff, volunteers and local scholars is vital, as it is the foundation that allows us to create recommendations for the local government and community, before working with them to set up successful locally managed marine protected areas.
Check out www.coralcay.org for more information and grab the opportunity to work at the forefront of conservation.