Make your next holiday count! Join our research team in Paradise!
The start of the Gili Shark Conservation Project
It all started with three people with big dreams and a huge passion for the ocean that met each other on a tiny island in Indonesia called Gili Air. They all worked in the diving industry and they witnessed on a daily basis the dramatic change of the reefs of the Gili Islands. Indonesia is the number one shark-fishing nation in the world and has been for decades. There aren’t many sharks left in the oceans and it’s a critical place and time for shark and marine conservation. They decided in 2015 that it was time to stop dreaming and start acting. The Gili Shark Conservation Project was born…
Our Daily life
The mission of the Gili Shark Conservation Project is to promote shark conservation efforts through education and research. We collect abundance data from around the three Gili Islands to build a case strong enough to propose to the government to make the Gili Matra Marine Reserve the first recognizes shark nursery ground in Indonesia. We have multiple projects that work towards this goal like including underwater video surveillance, roving survey dives, underwater clean up dives, photographic identification, a time lapse project, benthic and fish survey dives and community outreach.
This project is not just another project. This project is special for many reasons:
First, the data we collect will be used by different NGOs around the world including SharkBase, eOceans and Shark Guardian. Furthermore, this data is made publicly available for free to anyone who wants it. However, we are working closely with marine biologists from around the world to help their postdoctoral studies on shark and ray abundance data collections through citizen science research.
Second, this project wouldn’t be possible without the amazing local community on Gili Air. That is why we combine our research with community outreach and awareness days. It gives you the opportunity to immediately give back.
We call it our ‘Plastic Free Paradise’ project. We believe that children are the future and that education is the key; this is why every Saturday our research team visits the local school here on the island and hosts a conservation class called ‘Club Harapan’.
The life of Shark Warrior
We work very closely together and have a team/family-like atmosphere at the project. You will be a critical member of the team and may be in charge of various data collection projects depending on your personal interests, goals, and length of stay. During your stay with our project you will learn how to dive / improve your dive skills, become a PADI Scientific Diver and a PADI Shark Conservation Specialist. We teach you everything you need to know about our research methods including; underwater roving video surveillance, roving survey dives, photographic identification, RUV (Remote Underwater Video) coral health index surveys, coral restoration, land & marine based time-lapse projects, how to analyze and input data and much more!
You will spend 5 days a week from 8 AM till 5 PM with our research team. The mornings are spent mostly exploring the magical underwater world and the afternoons are spent either in the office inputting and analyzing the data or in the field doing community work. The evenings and weekends are spent the way you want! Trying out different restaurants on the island, doing yoga classes, going paddle boarding, trying Subwing or having a sunset drink. There are so many activities on the island you can do in your spare time. Gili Air really is a little slice of heaven!
You don’t need to be a shark expert or a diver to join our project, however, a passion and commitment to marine conservation are important. We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to live in paradise and make a difference during their holiday or gap year. Help the sharks and the community of Gili Air by giving your time and love. We appreciate all the unique skills that you can bring to our project and welcome people from every corner of the world!
Sunny greetings from Paradise,
The Shark Team
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