Habitat: Pacific Ocean
Research Fields: Shark Ecology and Marine Biology
Shark conservation internships aren’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re a brave conservationist looking to gain experience in cutting edge shark research, this could be the project for you!
Since its conception, the Conservation Project in Fiji has focused on carrying out scientific research to address shark conservation issues in the country. As apex predators, sharks are essential members of the marine ecosystem and maintain the balance between the trophic levels of the food chain. Sharks have been roaming our oceans for over 400 million years, surviving multiple major extinctions. But, in less than a century, we have decimated their populations.
In Fiji, we offer diving internships in marine conservation to protect and conserve sharks in the area. You’ll act as a research assistant and be involved with shark tagging, diving and identification. Tagging sharks allows the research team to understand their habitat use, ecology, feeding habits and behaviour as well as improving global knowledge of sharks. Information gathering is an essential part of the project as it’ll determine future conservation policy decisions.
You’ll attend a shark identification workshop where you’ll learn how to spot specific shark markings and distinguish known individuals. Self-training with flashcards will further solidify your knowledge of specific individuals. The level of training you receive in your conservation research internship will you help you stand out in future interviews as someone with a serious interest in marine biology.
When out of the water, you’ll conduct environmental impact control, community outreach and mangrove reforestation to improve the health of the oceans. These projects aim to encourage volunteers, tourists and local communities to live a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce waste in the Pacific Harbour region!
The marine conservation internship in Fiji is a unique opportunity to work with shark experts from the WWF and Project AWARE and learn how to conserve these crucial species.
Learn more about our Shark Conservation Project in Fiji.