Become A Marine Conservation Volunteer
If you have a passion for marine animals and appreciate the importance of the world’s oceans for the planet’s entire ecosystem, then you should consider becoming a marine conservation volunteer. With humans increasingly using the ocean as a dumping ground for waste, pollution is a growing problem, along with unsustainable tourism and over-fishing. This means that marine conservation efforts are needed now more than ever – and you can help by volunteering with these stunning marine animals!
When it comes to marine volunteering, The Great Projects will have you spoiled for choice – whether it be whale watching in the Azores, cage diving with great whites in South Africa, swimming with whale sharks in the Maldives or conducting research whilst scuba diving in the world-famous Raja Ampat. All you have to do is pick your cause!
You can help to protect aquatic animals all over the world, so learn more about our marine conservation volunteer opportunities and get in touch today!
Marine Wildlife At A Glance
Dependent On Species
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Dependent On Species
Oceans All Around The World
How Endangered Are Marine Animals
Classifying just how endangered marine wildlife is, is a difficult task due to the huge number of animals that fall under the category. However, with that being said there are some animals which are struggling more than most. Many species such as whales, dolphins, manatees, dugongs, sea turtles, and sharks have populations which are decreasing at an alarming rate. It is not just the larger species which are in danger in the waters around the world, one of the most important elements in the entirety of the world’s oceans, coral, is in grave danger of becoming extinct too, and this could have a disastrous knock-on effect on the food chain. Marine conservation projects are essential in spreading awareness about the dangers the ocean and its inhabitants face, whilst actively trying to make a change.
Threats Marine Wildlife Are Facing
The world’s oceans are often only considered as an afterthought by governments all around the world and this has led to two huge problems for the wildlife which lives in the sea. These problems are:
- Pollution – with the oceans considered an easy target when waste disposal is discussed, a lot of human waste often ends up in the sea. This includes products that are extremely dangerous or hazardous to marine wildlife such as plastic bags and micro-beads from shower gels.
- Overfishing – as the human population grows, so does the demand for fish and the marine ecosystem is suffering as a result.
- Jellyfish have been around for more than 650 million years which means that they outdate both dinosaurs and sharks.
- Thousands of marine creatures die by mistakenly swallowing plastic bags that resemble jellyfish.
- “Rain of Fish” is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the city Yori in Honduras.
- National Geographic state that marine plants produce 70% of the oxygen in the atmosphere (which, of course, humans could not survive without) as a by-product of photosynthesis.
13 - 27 Nights from £1,732.00
For those seeking 'hands-on' field experience as part of an established whale shark research team in the beautiful Maldives
7 - 84 Nights from £599.00
Take part on the Great Turtle Project in Sri Lanka as a volunteer in a turtle sanctuary and have an impact on the conservation of the country's beautiful sea turtles.
14-84 Nights from £895.00
Come face to face with one of the world's most infamous predators in one of South Africa's most exciting tourist regions!
14 - 56 Nights from £1,095.00
Dive unexplored reefs and partake in marine conservation projects amongst the islands of the beautiful Raja Ampat archipelago.
20 - 55 Nights from £990.00
Dive into the incredible waters of the Perhentian Islands and aid marine conservation by volunteering in Malaysia!
6 - 55 Nights from £605.00
Help to assist a team of marine biologists in important whale and dolphin conservation.
13 - 83 Nights from £870.00
Join this unique whale shark internship project on the stunning Mafia Island in Tanzania.
13 - 111 Nights from £2,025.00
Work towards integral marine conservation in one of the most marine-rich locations on Earth.
7 - 84 Nights from £511.00
Play your part in the conservation of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle, as well as other vulnerable wildlife species, in coastal Costa Rica.
3 Nights from £495.00
An incredible tour around Indonesian
islands in the Komodo National Park where you will have the chance to see the
famous Komodo Dragon.