Farah's 8 week work attachment is already halfway finished and in this blog she updates us on her progress here at CICP.
"It has been four weeks now that I am here at the MCSS/CICP. I have learned quite a lot I must say, I definitely learned more about the corals and the importance of marine conservation. I Have got a lot better at identifying the corals now and also some of the threats to the corals such as anchors that damage the reef and being kicked with fins while snorkeling. I’ve got a few more favourite corals from the other workshops that I’ve learned like Pavona, Acanthastrea and hynophora I did my coral test which I did pretty good!
I recently learned how to use Interactive individual identification system (I3S) to identify the turtles we encounter on the reefs. I also did some transect surveys on the reefs with Savi to assess the health state of the reef, and on most days I go snorkelling with clients and show them around the snorkelling trails.
We have beach cleaning every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. We pick up plastic bottles and cans so that it can be recycled and also pick up the trash that has been washed up on the shore and left behind from picnickers such as broken glass, juice boxes, tin foil, plastic bags and mostly Styrofoam lunch boxes.
When we don’t go snorkeling I stay in the office and measure coral fragments or rename some coral photos that we have taken on the reef to help me identify them. Its been a great 4 weeks here especially when its sunny and the sea is calm. I hope the rest of my attachment stays this exciting. "
Trust us when we say we will make sure it will stay exciting as we still have much to share with you!
We have had a new recruit arrive from Europe and I'm sure he's pleased that the rains have ceased and the sun shines on. Read below to meet Mr. Rene from Belgium!
I’m the new volunteer on Cerf Island for the Cerf Island Conservation Program.
My name is René, I’m originally from Belgium. I’m 22 years old. My mother tongue is french but I also speak and am working on my english.
I’m studying agronomy in Belgium and I would like to do a Master’s in biology. I’m in my last year of agronomy and I’ve come to the Islands for an internship. I arrived on the 11th of February and will be here for three months in which I will be working on the growth of the corals on the artificial reefs. I learn a lot about corals everyday and it’s very exciting. Savi teaches me how to recognize the different families/generas of corals; though it was difficult at first it’s much easier now. If you want to see my favourite corals, you can google this: Tubastrea, Leptoria and Physogyra.
I work everyday on the measurement of the corals using Coral Point Count (CPCe). I love my new work and I think that the two next months will go quickly.
I saw my first turtle yesterday and it was incredible.. We swam with it for 10 minutes and then we let her disappear. The people are very nice with me on Cerf, the food is good, I’m in a nice room and I sleep well."