Shark Volunteer Project in Puerto Lopez - Ecuador
Since shark populations are diminishing around the world, this program’s objective is to obtain data about shark landings in an artisanal fishery port.
Collecting this information is very useful towards a population assessment of sharks and rays in Ecuador’s coastal waters. Artisanal fishery ports must be visited everyday in order to learn how to identify sharks and how to obtain different types of data.
In addition, going out with the fisherman has the same importance for understanding local fishing activities. The objective is to understand where, how and what are the local residents are fishing. Currently, such fishing information is very limited for Ecuador’s coastal waters, which makes shark conservation very difficult. Volunteers will join the crews of these small local vessels, and will be equipped with a GPS, Cell phone, VHF radio, waterproof clothes, and many data sheets. A permanent supervisor will coordinate this activity at all times.
Time volunteering: 4 weeks minimum and maximum 12 weeks
Cost: USD $ 350 per month
The cost includes:
• Pick-up at the airport in Quito, Ecuador
• Accommodation in a volunteer's house in Puerto López (shared bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen)
The volunteer’s house has unlimited access to the kitchen, water, electricity, gas and Internet. Volunteers need to buy their own groceries and cook for themselves.
• Volunteer certificate awarded at the end of your stay.
Not included : Eco Volunteer UP administrative costs. More information….