Zavora Marine Lab

Short Description

Zavora Marine Lab. was created in 2009 to investigate and conserve the unique marine life and coastal ecosystems of Zavora Bay, southern Mozambique. Working in partnership with Mozdivers to create fantastic diving and research internship opportunities for marine science undergraduate and graduate students to learn about this pristine marine environment as well as contributing to our on-going research projects which include:
• Underwater photo identification of manta rays using underwater parallel lasers for measurements
• Manta ray identification analysis using MID software (local) and mantamacther (global)
• Nudibranch survey (several techniques), collection, preservation and dissection (when appropriate)
• Flatworm collection, identification and preservation
• Maintenance of laboratory experiments and equipments
• Field research organization
• Fish census and benthos photo quadrat at Rio Saiñas Wreck
• Daily physical condition data collection
• Seahorse Monitoring (data collection and monthly report)
• Humpback whale land based survey and photo ID (during season – June-October)
• Sea turtle photo identification

Educational activities such as:
• Activities with children from the local community
• Public talks
• Underwater clean up of ghost fishing nets

ZML is headed by Yara Tibirica (PhD candidate, University of Cadiz) and the diving operations are managed by Jon Wright (IANTD trimix OC/CCR instructor trainer #780)
Additional costs the student will be liable for are:
Zavora Marine Lab. was created in 2009 to investigate and conserve the unique marine life and coastal ecosystems of Zavora Bay, southern Mozambique. Working in partnership with Mozdivers to create fantastic diving and research internship opportunities for marine science undergraduate and graduate students to learn about this pristine marine environment as well as contributing to our on-going research projects which include:
• Underwater photo identification of manta rays using underwater parallel lasers for measurements
• Manta ray identification analysis using MID software (local) and mantamacther (global)
• Nudibranch survey (several techniques), collection, preservation and dissection (when appropriate)
• Flatworm collection, identification and preservation
• Maintenance of laboratory experiments and equipments
• Field research organization
• Fish census and benthos photo quadrat at Rio Saiñas Wreck
• Daily physical condition data collection
• Seahorse Monitoring (data collection and monthly report)
• Humpback whale land based survey and photo ID (during season – June-October)
• Sea turtle photo identification

Educational activities such as:
• Activities with children from the local community
• Public talks
• Underwater clean up of ghost fishing nets

ZML is headed by Yara Tibirica (PhD candidate, University of Cadiz) and the diving operations are managed by Jon Wright (IANTD trimix OC/CCR instructor trainer #780)
Additional costs the student will be liable for are:
Self-catering accommodation at ZML. MZN 9000/month
Supervised SCUBA dives, including equipment rental and boat fees. MZN 1800/dive
Return private airport transfers (Inhambane). MZN 3000
Internet access. MZN 250/GB

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