Shark Conservation in Fiji for Volunteers
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- Placement locations: Coral Coast, Viti Levu
- Types of placements: Diving and conservation work
- Role: To assist with shark and marine conservation, research, and awareness campaigns.
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer villa
- Arrival Airport: Nadi (NAN)
- Local Languages: English, Fijian
If you want to help protect one of the most endangered and misunderstood animals in the world, the Projects Abroad Shark Conservation Project in Fiji is in need of volunteers. This project is great for volunteers who want to spend time in a tropical island location, while doing important work that contributes to sustaining the balance of life in our oceans.
As predators at the top of the food chain, sharks directly influence the quality and balance of our oceans’ ecosystems. Shark populations are decreasing rapidly, with them now being one of the most critically endangered species on the planet.
As their numbers decrease, the need for greater conservation efforts rise, and with that, more volunteer help. Volunteers play an important role in helping marine biologists improve shark conservation in Fiji and around the world.
Your role on the Shark Conservation & Environment Project in Fiji
On the project you will be working alongside world-renowned scientists and researchers, and will contribute to ongoing research and conservation efforts while diving. You will also spend time interacting with local communities to educate and raise awareness of the importance of shark conservation. The following are some of the activities you will take part in as a volunteer:
- Collect data on the marine life in Fiji through survey dives
- Help scientists deploy, bait, and check fishing lines and nets
- Observe the catching and tagging of juvenile sharks
- Help with mangrove reforestation
- Run awareness campaigns at local schools
- Participate in beach clean-ups with school children
- Go on a shark feed dive
Dive Courses with Projects Abroad in Fiji
If this is your first time diving, you will focus on completing your PADI Open Water dive course. If you are already a qualified diver, you can either advance your diving qualification with an advanced Open Water dive course, or you can complete an extra shark dive.
Fiji is a beautiful country with picturesque island scenery, and the culture of its local people is rich in tradition and heritage. Over the weekend, you will have time to explore. From basking in the tropical climate on white sandy beaches, trekking to majestic inland waterfalls, and taking part in fun water sports, to exploring remote villages and dancing to traditional Fijian music, the list of activities to choose is endless.