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Take part in volunteer dive surveys to help conserve coral reefs

Every year MCS leads on the scientific surveys of coral reefs with our partners at Biosphere Expeditions and Reef Check. Dr Jean-Luc Solandt (MCS’s Principal Specialist on MPAs and also the Maldives Reef Check Coordinator) has been training and running Reef Check surveys around the world since 1997 and since 2010 has been the expedition scientists on the Biosphere Expeditions projects.

The expeditions take place on comfortable live-aboard yachts and are divided into one week blocks. The only requirement to take part is a valid diving licence (minimum PADI Open Water or similar standard). All survey training is provided as part of the expedition.

Help hands-on coral reef conservation now!

Maldives expedition details

Musandam (Oman) expedition details


Win a place on a reef conservation expedition!

Enter our unique competition to win a place on an exciting SCUBA diving coral reef conservation expedition to either Oman, the Maldives or Malaysia.

In partnership with Reef Check and the Marine Conservation Society, wildlife conservation holiday operator Biosphere Expeditions is offering a free place on a SCUBA diving coral reef conservation expedition to Musandam (Oman), the Maldives or Tioman Island (Malaysia). And there are other prizes to be won too.

Deadline 1 May 2017

Comments from partners:

We now have a rock-star local team in the Maldives’ – Dr Gregor Hodgson, ReefCheck founder and Director, 9.10.15

‘Dr Solandt’s collaborations in the Maldives and elsewhere stands him in good stead to deliver an effective level of training and data collection. The resulting surveys provide data on at least 3-4 key sites per year, and allows both local partners and international scientists to track the condition of the reefs based on 30 indicators including fish, algae, corals and other invertebrates.’ Dr Gregor Hodgson, ReefCheck founder and Director, 27.1.2014

We firmly believe in capacity‐building and community involvement, and the ongoing association between Dr. Jean‐Luc Solandt, Biosphere Expeditions and the MRC that provides a longterm, sustainable, and hands‐on collaboration towards a better understanding and appreciation of the health of the reefs of the Maldives. – Dr M Shiham Adam, Director, Maldives Research Centre, Male’, Maldives.

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