You need to be Scuba Certified to Participate!
Coral reefs provide various marine animals with food, protection and shelter, but due to various factors, these delicate ecosystems are under threat. Volunteers will use their diving skills to contribute to the preservation of these ecosystems and will gain experience and knowledge that they can pass on to others. In this way volunteers continue to leave a positive impact, even after they have left the project.
As a volunteer on this project you will engage in various marine preservation tasks. These range from survey dives to identification dives and may include whale shark photography. Volunteers will participate in the eradication of the invasive Lionfish species, the data collection of various native species and the assessment of the local coral reef as a whole.
Volunteers can choose how much they want to get involved. All dives are voluntary, so you can choose to relax in our hammocks with a good book, fish from the island, or do a bit of sea kayaking or stand up paddle boarding or immerse yourself in conservation volunteering. The choice is yours!
Invasive Lionfish species tasks: Lionfish are originally from the Indio-Pacific Ocean, but were accidentally released into foreign waters. The lionfish population feeds on key marine life, wreaking havoc on the indigenous Belize Barrier Reef ecosystems. They can lay twenty thousand eggs every four days, which is causing a nearly uncontrollable invasion. Volunteers on this project will partake in the eradication of this devastating, non-indigenous species by assisting with the following tasks :
Native species tasks:
Marine Conservation Education:
Weekly Beach cleanup tasks:
Please note: Specific tasks may vary and are subject to change.
This project is the leader in invasive lionfish removal in all of Belize! In 2019, we removed 7,841. Also in 2019, 11,645 pounds of plastic and trash was removed from the ocean via our volunteer beach cleanups, 454 baby sea turtles were successfully hatched and returned to the sea and 86,400 hours of conservation dives were logged. The local staff also gave 104 presentations to increase awareness and knowledge of reef ecosystems.
The conch population in Belize is endangered from overfishing, but this project has been able to locate two important new breeding grounds. Whale shark photos taken on this project are entered into the public Whale Shark Sightings Database, which is accessed by researchers and scientists for conservation efforts.
Your Awesome Trip Leaders
Get settled in and ready to head to the Island for the week. We will have an evening orientation.