MARINE RESEARCH CENTER

Conduct research in our well equiped centres being supported by our experienced scientists

 

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 FAST FACTS

Mozambique
4-12 Weeks
Contact us for rates
10%
Shared Dorms
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.

MARINE RESEARCH CENTRE

The Marine Research Centre (MRC) is located in Tofo, Mozambique which has stunning megafauna and microfauna including whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and sea horses, making it an exciting place to conduct research. The MRC is located overlooking the beach and next door is our accommodation and dive centre.

At our long-term research station in Mozambique, we offer field courses in marine ecology and data collection techniques. We have been working in Mozambique for over 8 years and have developed a strong program and a stable working environment with good in-country support. We regularly encounter a wide range of animals and have global network of scientific collaborators to which our on-going data sets are provided, alongside the free availability to Mozambican students and for use in government management plans.

Marine Life of Mozambique:

Whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins, whales, stingrays, guitarfish, reef sharks, pelagic rays, seahorses, reef fish, game fish, crustaceans, corals, sponges, echinoderms, nudibranches, eels, molluscs. A full list is available on request.

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Field Methods in Marine Ecology - Sample Project

At our long-term research station in Mozambique, we offer field courses in marine ecology and data collection techniques. We have been working in Mozambique for over 8 years and have developed a strong program and a stable working environment with good in-country support. We regularly encounter a wide range of animals and have global network of scientific collaborators to which our on-going data sets are provided, alongside the free availability to Mozambican students and for use in government management plans.

Marine Life of Mozambique:

Whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, dolphins, whales, stingrays, guitarfish, reef sharks, pelagic rays, seahorses, reef fish, game fish, crustaceans, corals, sponges, echinoderms, nudibranches, eels, molluscs. A full list is available on request.

Techniques include:

  • Reef health surveys – indicator species, coral cover, urchin density, abundance counts, biomass estimation,
  • Large animal monitoring – photo identification, population estimates, residency/transience, migratory trends, injury recovery
  • Anthropogenic impact assessment – area usage mapping, monitoring of unsustainable catch, sustainable tourism, Code of Conduct development,
  • Genetic studies – whale shark sampling, humpback whale sampling, khuls ray sampling, coral sampling, frogfish sampling,
  • Biodiversity assessment – estuary monitoring, sea horse identification and density, usage of the inter-tidal zone,
  • Behavioral studies – wildlife behavioral reactions to human interactions, humpback whale area usage during migration,

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the diversity and physical processes that characterize the Southern African marine environment. Understand the challenges and importance of working in developing countries.
  • Discuss the biodiversity and key ecological processes occurring in specifically southern Mozambique, and in the sub-tropics generally.
  • Outline the ecological roles of key groups of organisms in the marine environment.
  • Consideration of the social issues of wildlife/coastal/marine ecosystem conservation and management.  Be able to discuss the impacts, benefits and risks of the local peoples’ approaches to the environment, sustainable development and responsible tourism.
  • Develop critical-thinking regarding research project design, and understanding of a range of techniques.

Mini Projects and/or Theses:

The course may include time collecting data, writing up and presenting mini-projects.

Potential mini projects or undergraduate and masters theses include:

  • Assessment of dolphin behavior in response to human activity with a view to sustainable tourism encounters.
  • Humpback whale behavior usage of the coastal region
  • Seahorse density and dispersal
  • Economic and ecological value of specific marine life
  • Coral cover variability between inshore/offshore, shallow/deep, northern/southern reefs
  • Alternative titles designed by incoming students/staff are welcomed

General Activities:

Each month there are 20 days of on-water activities, lectures, tutorials and field techniques. Accommodation, food, office space and all equipment are provided. 16 on-water activities (involving PADI course if not already qualified, diving and/or snorkeling) plus 1 estuary visit are included per month.

Price

4 week program is from $2600 person

Some of the papers All Out Africa have contributed to:

Williams J. L., Pierce S. J., Fuentes M. M. P. B., Hamann M. (2015) Effectiveness of recreational divers for monitoring sea turtle populations. Endang Species Res.

Pierce S.J, Mendez-Jimenez A., Collins K., Rosero-Caicedo M., Monajem A. (2010) Developing a code of conduct for whale shark interactions in Mozambique. Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst.

Rohner C. A. et. al. (2013) Big fishes in hot water? Abundance trends and environmental influences on a coastal aggregation of manta rays and whale sharks. MEPS.

Rohner C.A et. al. (2012) Population structure, size at maturity and growth rates of whale sharks measured with laser photogrammetry in southern Mozambique. Marine Biology.

MARINE PUBLICATIONS

Marine Publications:

Developing a Code of Conduct for whale shark interactions in Mozambique.

Aquatic Conservation

Pierce, S.M., Mendez-Jimenez, A., Collins, K., Rosero, M. & Monadjem, A. 2010.

 

How large is the world’s largest fish? Measuring whale sharks Rhincodon typus with laser photogrammetry

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Rohner,C.A., Richardson, A.J., Marshall, A.D., Weeks, S.J. and Pierce, S.J. (Submitted)

 

Is whale shark tourism ecologically sustainable in Mozambique?

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Haskell, P.J., McGowan, A., Westling, A., Méndez-Jiménez, A., Rohner,C.A., Collins, K., Rosero-Caicedo, M., Salmond, J., Monadjem, A., Marshall, A.D., and Pierce, S.J. (Submitted)

PARTNER WITH US

What makes All Out Africa a great partner for your school or organisation?

We believe in creating a true partnership between our two organisations, and will provide prompt support and assistance to allow you to facilitate bookings and respond your needs. Our customer service is exceptional and responsive, and we can tailor make a package to suit your group, budget and learning outcomes.

  • We have proven experience hosting thousands of students and volunteers across our four destinations on multiple projects spanning community development, childcare and conservation
  • Worthwhile & authentic projects – Your students will create a real impact and gain a genuine sense of contribution through working on long-term sustainable projects and research activities that are important for conservation and development.
  • The humanitarian and conservation elements of our projects are implemented alongside our registered NGO – All Out Africa Foundation. Our projects have received international recognition for their good work including 60 scientific publications
  • We offer an unrivalled volunteer and intern experiences – our unique combination of project locations offer a mix of safety, cultural immersion and environmental splendour
  • All Out Africa is a family of dedicated, passionate people. Our staff are qualified, highly skilled and experienced to ensure every single client gets the most out of their time with us
  • Your clients will be surrounded by All Out Africa staff throughout all elements of the experience as we own and manage the volunteer, tour and accommodation operations
  • Our adventure tours division offers in-house tours combined with volunteer and intern experiences; giving us totally unique products to offer and the opportunity for clients to both give back and have a holiday experience
  • Our accommodation division offers in-house lodge accommodation that has won numerous awards; they are safe, comfortable and clean, with great amenities and provide nutritious meals to your clients
  • We are flexible and can offer customised experiences and group arrangements to respond to client requests
  • We offer a loyal long-term partnership – we are a personal organisation, owner-run and highly responsive but with the geographical reach to offer great variety and the experience from our 12 years of operation to ensure sustainability and success

 

 

Our fees includes the following:

  • Safe comfortable accommodation & 3 meals a day for the duration of the experience
  • Airport collection upon arrival by All Out Africa staff and airport transfer for departure
  • Comprehensive orientation upon arrival including health and safety briefing
  • A local tour to understand local culture and engage with the community
  • 24 hour support , 7days a week from All Out Africa staff throughout the experience
  • Training on tasks and activities and daily project guidance from our experienced & well qualified project co-ordinators
  • Materials and equipment required for volunteer/intern placements
  • Communications, transport and other operational costs for the projects and in case of emergency

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