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!