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OceansWatch - How Cruisers Can Help in 2011

By Sue Richards last modified May 06, 2011 12:07 PM

Published: 2011-05-06 12:07:32
Topics: Environment
Countries: Papua New Guinea , Solomon Islands , Vanuatu

This year OceansWatch has three lead yachts and one yacht with a film team. Two yachts will be primarily based in Vanuatu with the other revisiting the communities in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. There may still be openings for skippers, marine biologists, divers or film makers during the season. Please email [email protected] if you are interested.

Opportunities for Members with Yachts in 2011

OceansWatch has lots of projects this year, including whale monitoring in Fiji and Niue.

If you are on a yacht and interested in working with one of the project lead yachts, you could join one of the training sessions in coral reef monitoring. The first will be in Vanuatu towards the end of May. Contact [email protected] if you are interested. After training you can join teams in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands or PNG in 2011 and maybe Asia or the Caribbean in 2012.

Humpback Whale Monitoring Projects in Niue and Fiji
If you missed out last year now is your chance to get involved. OceansWatch are looking for 1-2 OceansWatch yachts to support Whales Alive in monitoring Whales around Niue. This is an important area as it is between the foci of two distinct whale groups and identification of individual whales will provide important information on whale movement. They are also looking for 5-10 yachts to help in Fiji and can promise an interesting experience as well as an opportunity to get to know the local communities. Read last years report for more information and contact [email protected] for more details.

South West Pacific Humpback Photo ID Project
This is a project for all sailors with a good camera. New photo matching software means that good photos of the tail flukes of humpbacks can be used to ID individuals. This information with the GPS point will provide important data on the movement of the different populations. If you would like to get more information about how to help with this project please email [email protected].

You will be sent lots of guidance on Marine Mammal interaction as well as guidelines for taking photos.

Reef Check Training
This years training will be held in Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu at the end of May beginning of June. This will allow yachts to act as support boats for the lead yachts in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

CoralWatch Training and Monitoring
OceansWatch will give CoralWatch training after the Reef Check training. However if yachts cannot make it to Vanuatu and still want to contribute to the work of monitoring coral bleaching by Queensland University they can email [email protected] for a CoralWatch pack.

Are you sailing to the Solomon Islands?
If you want to enter the Solomons in Lata at Nendo harbour to cruise the Eastern Islands without trekking to Honiara for check in, please let us know. We are trying to get a small group to share the cost of flying out immigration and Customs officials. Email [email protected].

Positions Available

We would love a lively, motivated person to come and work in the office in New Zealand. This role will include fundraising, marketing and PR work. We are in a beautiful but isolated location. If this sounds like it would suit, email [email protected].