Join our research in the Maldives and Oman

By: Jack O'Donovan
Date posted: 7 December 2018

Manta rays, whitetip reef sharks, and large swirling schools of snapper all frequent the coral filled waters of the Maldives below the vast shadows of whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. Even humphead wrasse make an appearance. The frequently surveyed site Rasdhoo Madivaru coral reef, is known to be the only Maldives location for scalloped hammerhead sharks (though haven’t spotted them yet).

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It is a site truly worthy of protection, and we’re delighted to have played a part with our Maldives partners.

Dr. Jean-Luc Solandt,
Principal Specialist on MPAs
Marine Conservation Society

For the past seven years we have been working to survey coral reefs in Oman and the Maldives. Together with our partner organisations Biosphere Expeditions and Reef Check, our Principal Specialist on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Dr. Jean-Luc Solandt has been annually surveying precious coral reefs in tropical waters. Studying reef resilience and the effects of bleaching and storm damage have been the key focus for many years. Rasdhoo Madivaru coral reef has just been protected by the Maldivian government in a new MPA announced this October.

Dr. Jean-Luc Solandt MCS Principle MPA Specialist, say: “It is a site truly worthy of protection, and we’re delighted to have played a part with our Maldives partners, international volunteers, Reef Check, Maldives Government Marine Research Centre and hosted by Biosphere-Expeditions.”

Dr. Solandt continues by adding: “Perhaps best of all, is that the coral reefs of the site are resilient to the catastrophic bleaching events in 1998 and 2016, showing resistance, and growing through these stressful events.”

With more surveys, comes more data and all in all more understanding and hope for the recovery and growth of coral reefs. Now entering our seventh year in partnership with Biosphere Expeditions we are excited to once again announce our competition.

We are giving away 1 free space on our dive survey expedition!

The winner of this unique opportunity will choose from either a trip to Musandam (Oman) or the Maldives and must be qualified to a minimum PADI Open Water or equivalent.

Applicants can enter from dry land via a 100-word short essay or a one-minute video outlining why they should be the winner.

The winner will have to be prepared to muck in on a hands-on conservation project, not a luxury dive holiday.

We can’t wait to get your application, so dive in and apply now!

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