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Volunteers with Experience or Interest in MPA or fisheries resource management. 

We are just beginning a whole new stage in the development of our conservation efforts in Kep province. Our MFMA (Marine Fisheries Management Area) zoning proposal has been accepted and over the next few months we will be adapting finalizing our current management plan, this includes registration of fishers, catch monitoring, demarcation, quotas on size and sexual maturity, and a full MCS program to deter and stop any IUU activities with in the proposed zones. 

You will be contributing to the second MFMA in Cambodia (Our work in Koh Rong Samloem was integral to the creation of Cambodia's First MFMA). The management of this smaller area will be faster and easier to implement and also allows us more freedom to think outside the basic management structures and trial a series of restoration projects.

Volunteers with Experience or Interest in IUU (Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported) fishing and MCS (Monitoring Control and Surveillance). 

We are currently working on many reports directly relating to these current issues.

This is a great opportunity to be directly involved in on the ground activities, our work makes a direct impact. And the work you would be contributing to is history in the making.

 

The current costs for staying with us vary depending on your length of stay, your experience and what you can personally offer to our project.

You can find other programs in Cambodia both more expensive and less expensive than us. But what we guarantee is that you can clearly see where your money goes once you arrive, as mentioned in other areas of our website we are fully self sustaining, with no external grants and donors we rely on the fees we charge to be able to accomplish the objectives asked of us by the Royal Government of Cambodia and our own project goals and objectives.

The weekly fee covers all of your accommodation, food, diving and other direct expenses needed to support you during your stay. It also includes a small amount that goes to cover project costs such as the Khmer staff wages, running and maintenance costs such as boats, electricity, water and materials needed to conduct the research.

We do NOT use any of your fee to cover administration costs, advertising costs or foreign staff wages.

For stays of 1 month or less, the weekly fee is $300

For stays longer than 1 month please contact us to work out a cost that can be discussed to suit your budget whilst still allowing us to operate effectively.

For Khmer students we do have occasional scholarships, please apply to find out more.

 

 

Priority Work Happening Now

We need Volunteers with Experience or Interest in MPA or fisheries resource management right now. 

We are just beginning a whole new stage in the development of our conservation efforts in Kep province. Our MFMA (Marine Fisheries Management Area) zoning proposal has been accepted and over the next few months we will be adapting finalizing our current management plan, this includes registration of fishers, catch monitoring, demarcation, quotas on size and sexual maturity, and a full MCS program to deter and stop any IUU activities with in the proposed zones.

Volunteers with Experience or Interest in IUU (Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported) fishing and MCS (Monitoring Control and Surveillance). 

We are currently working on many reports directly relating to these current issues.

This is a great opportunity to be directly involved in on the ground activities, our work makes a direct impact. And the work you would be contributing to, is history in the making, after our work on Cambodia's first ever MFMA, this will be the second, the management of this smaller area will be faster and easier to implement and also allows us more freedom to think outside the basic management structures and trial a series of restoration projects.

Beginning Now 

Shellfish Reef Restoration 

Many studies indicate that Commercial and Non Commercial marine species can be increased significantly with the introduction of fish aggregation devices, artificial reefs, and Oyster and Mussel reefs/beds. A large scale project to reestablish and increase the quantity of Oyster and Mussel reefs/beds in Kep province will significantly benefit local communities by providing natural aquaculture opportunities for harvest. In turn, these reef systems will provide habitat and food sources resulting in an increase in commercially fished marine species and biodiversity, thereby providing increased livelihoods for small scale local fishers, and possible alternative livelihoods for local IUU fishers. Additionally, restored and enhanced Mussel and Oyster reefs will allow for potential private sector opportunities for commercial aquaculture, such as pearl and seaweed farms etc. These opportunities will be integrated into zoning and management schemes created during the implementation of this project, which will support existing coastal management plans. See more here.

Ongoing

Right now we are in the process of some ground breaking Seahorse Research.

This is happening right now, together with Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh and Lindsay Aylesworth from Project Seahorse and Shedd Aquarium, we are working on a large project to assess not only the seahorse populations around Kep but also look at how Seahorse data is collected and running tests on occupancy and sightings within different habitats and how different levels of experience within research teams effects data collection, this is very exciting and ground breaking work which has never been done before. Over the next few months we have a lot of data to collect from 3 main marine habitats, Seagrass, Benthic Shell cover, and Mud sites, on top of this we have 3 sites for each Habitat, Protected, Semi Protected and Not Protected. We are also currently working on a Tagging program looking at 2 study sites with around 10-15 resident seahorses.

Our Seahorse Research has been featured in National Geographic you can read the article here

An National news article about the beginning of our Tagging work can be found here 

For more information on methodology and how to get involved in this research please contact us.

 

Also right now is our socio-demographic community fishing interviews, covering many aspects of resource management and fisheries research.

Over the past year we have been visiting 4 fisheries communities within Kep Province, each visit we run interviews with local fishermen covering, catch sizes, past and present problems and conflicts, livelihood, aquaculture, conservation of resources and habitats, the questionnaires work not only for us to gather much needed information but also help to highlight areas where we can educate and also our presence helps to empower and give confidence to those fishers who understand the need for conservation and want to get involved, all of this is done in a relaxed setting with the community often at the fishers home. Over the last month we have been interviewing some of the illegal fishers, very interesting as some are ones that recognise us as the people that caught them, and this leads to some very interesting discussions and insightful information, this work is ongoing and the statistical analysis of this data and the write up of the report is ongoing.

Some photos of the community interviews can be seen here.

For More information on this aspect of our work please contact us.

 

Artificial Reef and Underwater Gardens

This is a continuous and ongoing project that is both fun and includes longterm research, including pathways that help to stimulate new coral growth, fleshy algae and seagrass beds, this is a real underwater garden that can be studied and enjoyed as an underwater gardener. This is all run with strict guidelines and is showing some great results.

 

6 Monthly Coral Reef Surveys and House Reef Mapping

Every 6 months we run a series of Marine Reef Surveys covering the Islands of Koh Angkrong, Koh Mak Prang and Koh Seh, These usually take around 3 months to complete and of course are weather and sea condition dependant.

After Matteo's return with an amazing mapping program he designed specifically for the study of our house reef, we can now map 1mx1m across our whole house reef and house seagrass beds, covering an area 150mx300m. With detailed squares showing everything from percentage coral and seagrass cover, to species diversity, this project will take us at least the next year to complete if not longer, and once finished, we have a baseline to start all over again to monitor changes.

 

Other Research and Potential Projects

These are our current projects which are run daily and have a set timeline to be completed, all of our team are involved in this work and this is where we need volunteers and interns the most, especially the Seahorse and community work. We are not limited to just these activities but it is where we need assistance right now to compete them within our timeframe, We also have 6 monthly Reef surveys and other periodic work that must be completed, and this post will be updated as needed. 

We are also looking for people to independently study the wide variety of Seagrasses and Algae's that we have, and also to continue our species database for Kep's ocean.

Click Here to view a wider range of potential projects and don't be shy if you have something you would like to research specifically

 

 

Below is a rough guide to the training schedules involved in our three main research areas. schedules for other topics are arranged according to the needs of the topic and project and are to be accessed and organised directly with your respective tutor.

Seagrass Training

·      Session 1- Introduction to seagrass habitats

·      Session 2- Seagrass identification and mapping presentation

·      Session 3- Seagrass mapping presentation

·      Session4- Seagrass survey methodology presentation

·      Session 5- Seagrass survey methodology practical session (to be repeated as required)

·      Session 6- Seagrass identification and methodology test  (to be repeated as required)

 

Reef Training

·      Session 1- Introduction to coral reef ecosystems presentation

·      Session 2- Reef fish presentation part 1

·      Session 3- Reef fish presentation part 2

·      Session 4- Reef invertebrates presentation

·      Session 5- Brief reef substrate presentation (extended for those staying for longer than 1 month)

·      Session 5- Reef survey methodology presentation

·      Session 6- Reef survey methodology practical session (to be repeated as required)

·      Session 7- Reef identification and methodology test  (to be repeated as required)

 

Seahorse Training

·      Session 1- Seahorse identification presentation part 1

·      Session 2- Seahorse identification presentation part 2

·      Session 3- Seahorse survey methodology presentation (will also cover appropriate procedures for seahorse encounters)

·      Session 4- Seahorse survey methodology practical session (to be repeated as required)

·      Session 5- Seahorse identification and methodology test (to be repeated as required)

 

All final sessions also cover data entry, analysis and report procedures

Interns and volunteers will also be involved in approximately two diving- based identification sessions per day.

At the end of the land and diving training sessions listed above the interns/volunteers will be required to sit both a written and practical (in-water) test to ensure they are fully trained before being placed on a survey team. If you feel you are ready before the training sessions have finished, you may take the test early. If you pass, you can move onto the survey team earlier than scheduled.

It is important to note that each training area will have an assigned staff tutor who is available to give extra assistance and knowledge wherever needed.

Marine Conservation Cambodia in The News

  • Marine Conservation Cambodia, Featured in National Geographic

     

    We let our work speak for its self, with our Seahorse research programs being recently featured in National Geographic, we are proud to show you who we are and what we do, read the article on the Nat Geo Website or click the link below  



    Read Here

MCC News & Updates

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Arrival of the new Patrol Boat
Saturday November 05, 2016

We are more than proud to announce the arrival of our new Patrol Boat, after years of chasing the illegal fishing boats in our old wooden boats, often not much faster than the boats we are chasin

Volunteer Blog Posts

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Why I want to Protect my Ocean
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International Conservation Fund of Canada

Project Seahorse 

 Fisheries Administration 

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Our original Seahorse research base is located here at our old volunteer project site. We must apologise that we are currently not operating this site due to a huge increase in violent  crime, there are currently many embassy warnings for Sihanoukville and the surrounding islands and we would rather choose to offer security and safety than put you at risk. 

 

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