Whether your team is based at South Water Caye or Glover’s Reef, you’ll work in the same beautiful settings on the same research tasks. Each day will begin with an early breakfast, and then half the team will hit the water to deploy BRUVs and set lines to catch sharks and other fish. The other half of the team will stay at the field station to do the critical work of processing fin samples and data that have already been collected. They’ll view BRUV videos to identify and count the species that appear on camera and preparing tissue samples taken from sharks and other fish. This group will also likely enjoy a recreational snorkel during their shift.
Both groups will break for lunch around midday, then switch assignments for the afternoon. In the evening, the group that set lines in the morning will take the boat out again to implant transmitters in and release any sharks caught and bring in the fishing equipment.
Not only will you get to try your hand at this wide array of research activities, you’ll also have free time to explore Belize’s many other offerings, such as bird-watching, hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling. After a hearty dinner, you’ll have time to socialize or simply relax so you’re ready to seize all this tropical wonderland has to offer when the next day begins.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.