Mozambique is one of the few areas in the world where whale sharks
and manta rays are regularly found. These enormous fish are completely
passive and the feeling of being in, or under, the water next to one of
these magnificent creatures is indescribable.
For this reason
Tofo is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for divers,
holidaymakers and travellers alike. This is good news for the area, but
will increase pressure on it resources. With potential increased
pressure, sound management plans need to be implemented urgently to
regulate the industry developing around the whale sharks and manta rays.
before this amazing marine life can be protected and managed, we need
to demonstrate the conservation value to decision-makers. Currently no
marine research has been undertaken in the area, and even on a global
scale there have been very few scientific papers written on whale
sharks and manta rays in the last 30 years. The predominant aim of this
expedition therefore, is to gather information on whale sharks, manta
rays and the other marine life at Tofo beach. Volunteers participating
in this project are offered a unique opportunity to discover and
explore uncharted reefs and work towards guiding their sustainable use.Honduras
Around Utila, as throughout the Caribbean, marine resources are
under threat through over-fishing, algal overgrowth and eutrophication,
badly managed marine tourism, coastal run-off and pollution. The needs
of Utila are characteristic of the region and the chance to conduct
active research, to increase our knowledge and find solutions to these
problems, needs to be taken. Quest Underseas provide specific baseline
data through self-funded volunteers, trained to conduct marine surveys.
By working with local institutions, local government and community
members / fishing cooperatives, much more can be achieved and learned.
Such cooperation provides a benefit to all resource users. Through
capacity building, an investment in a trust fund for UCME, providing
training to local counterparts and aiming to disseminate information
frequently, we can conserve some of the world’s most incredible natural
wonders for people and marine-life alike.
Utila Summer Expedition
Quest Underseas project in Utila aims to compliment the work being
carried out by UCME on Utila, with specific project contributions and
discreet responsibilities. In this manner Underseas can provide the
relevant data and manage individual projects to completion. This is an
ideal place to dive, learn to dive, to gather experience in marine
conservation and research, to conduct research for undergraduate or
postgraduate marine science and to be involved in contributing towards
the knowledge and conservation of marine resources. Our project runs in
conjunction with UCME Utila, and run through UDC (the highest
certification school in the Caribbean). The Bilingual outputs &
social science research produced both by Quest Underseas and UCME offer
a ‘pick and mix’ approach to marine ecology for volunteers and marine
biologists wishing to carry out their research in Utila. This provides
and ideal opportunity to recruit for dissertations / experience.