TRACC volunteers have been busy on our bottle reef restoration efforts by making bottle reefs to extend the ribbon reefs on Pom Pom Island. The North Tip ribbon reef is 150m long and the challenge for 2016 is to make it a double row of bottle reefs so that it grows more corals and supports more biodiversity. The coral growth on the reefs will also help to slow the wave erosion of the beach and improve turtle conservation by ensuring that there is enough sand to lay their eggs.
We were lucky enough in late 2015 to get donations of money to buy cement and a big pile of bottles delivered to the island so we have lots to recycle. Thank you Coralcare and BGS divers.
The bottle reef restoration start to take shape when the volunteers and gapyear travellers mix wet cement and then position the bottles. The cement is strong 48h later and the reefs can be moved out into the ocean for a period of soaking to remove toxins. Eventually we plant corals on the bottle reefs either from fragments grown in the coral nursery or from large branches collected from blast fishing or anchor damage sites.
Students regularly visit TRACC to collect data for a graduate or masters degree project. Art or science – if you are passionate about ocean issues then we have intern positions for a wide range of backgrounds. Marine conservation is often about communication and artists, photographers and media students can all become extraordinary advocates for ocean issues. Each year, we support a few students to become useful interns to do some great science or art.
Art, media or communication interns please contact us with a formal presentation of ideas.
Generally our science intern requirements are practical in nature:
Can it be done in 12 -16 weeks.
Does it have a hypothesis?
Does it follow scientific method?
What is the control variable?
How discrete is the experimental variable?
Random or structured experimental design?
Is the project safe?
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Has the student really thought about this?
Most student projects start with a 4 week volunteering experience to gain experience and dive qualifications. When you have a month of doing underwater work under supervision from our staff then you will move to doing your own things safely with minimal supervision. We like people doing independent projects to be Rescue diver qualified. (read why here).
We expect a scientifically viable proposal, background research, strong commitment to the project, regular written reports, Photos and video, several presentations to others at the camp and a copy of the final report as submitted to your university. We don’t consider a research project a holiday, it may be fun but there is significant work involved if it is going to be worthwhile. A scientific internship requires investment by TRACC in your future, There is a lot of competition. Are you worth our effort?
To stand out from the crowd: Don’t simply send us a CV. Send us a one page (max) project draft based on what you care about, what you can see is happening in the world of marine science or conservation, in our blog or on our facebook & twitter pages.
To learn about the experience – please look at the blog posts from ex students. See what they did, they may even write about what went wrong. Contact them on social media and ask for advice. Be polite and they will help.