Belize: St. George's Caye Coral Reef Research (Snorkeling)

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Work together with researchers to monitor coral reef ecosystem health at St. George’s Caye.

Description:

Volunteer on this 8-day program and work side-by-side with researchers to collect data on Belize’s outstanding coral reef ecosystems. The goal of the program is to collect ecological data on the patch reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves within the proposed St. George’s Caye Underwater Archaeology Reserve.

Participants will stay at the ECOMAR research station and field school on St. George’s Caye and make daily monitoring excursions with researchers. Educational evening presentations will inform you about local research and conservation efforts. One our final day we will visit nearby Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Volunteer monitoring coral reef.Only snorkeling experience is needed to participate; volunteers will betrained in the use of equipment and sampling techniques. Throughout the program, participants will stay at the St George's Caye Research Station & Field School run by ECOMAR, which offers basic but comfortable accommodations in double rooms or bunk rooms, with shared bathrooms (no hot water). Three meals are prepared daily; they feature local and international dishes and are served buffet style. The meals are so good that many visitors ask for the recipes to take home!

About Belize's Reefs

Belize boasts the largest and most biologically diverse barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. It is part of the larger Mesoamerican Reef ecosystem which has been classified as a Hope Spot and been the subject of recent coverage by National Geographic Magazine for its exceptional biodiversity.

Belize's reefs are still relatively healthy, yet the worldwide decline of reef ecosystems is of utmost concern. Our research aims to monitor reefs to detect changes in reef health and inform marine management efforts. 

Contact our office to learn more or to register for this program!

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive to Belize City and transfer to St. George's Caye. After lunch there will be a check-out snorkel at the sand bar.

Day 2: Reef Surveys
Survey coral reefs

Day 3: Seagrass Surveys
Survey seagrass beds

Day 4: Mangrove Surveys
Survey mangroves

Day 5: Reef Surveys
Survey coral reefs

Day 6: Seagrass and Mangrove Surveys
Survey seagrass beds and mangroves

Day 7: Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Day 8: Departure
Depart

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Upcoming Trips:

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Feb 14, 2015
Mar 14, 2015
May 2, 2015

Trip Cost:

From $2,200 / person

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