Student projects 2016

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.

Photographing rare biodiversity such as this nudibranch (sea slug) requires a commitment to night diving.
Photographing rare biodiversity such as this nudibranch (sea slug) requires a commitment to night diving.

Have you got what it takes?  🙂

We have a range of projects in 2016,  from fish surveys to reef restorationcoral planting techniques, Stabilising rubble, optimising growth of coral species, impact of El Nino, climate change impacts on reefs, Turtles,  Sharks, rays, Humphead wrasse, anemone fish reproduction, biodiversity.  Other projects are possible such as the art installation #biggestsharkinborneo.  What are your interests?

#biggestsharkinborneo hammerhead shark on beach
Biggest shark in Borneo is a hammerhead shark artwork to raise awareness.

Art, media or communication interns please contact us with a formal presentation of ideas.

reef crest survey
reef crest survey

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?

Mangrove studies
Mangrove studies

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.

Marine science course cambridge a level
Rocky shore exploration

Ten facts to know about becoming a marine biologist

How to get a job in Marine Conservation.

Return of fish to Pom Pom Island

TRACC has been working on Pom Pom Island for 5 years and the change in fish life has been amazing. More Species
More Individuals
Bigger fish – often reproductive sizes

Our big fish surveys document what all our returning divers can see with their own eyes.

Large fish survey on Pom Pom Island 2011-2015
Large fish survey on Pom Pom Island 2011-2015

Who can ask for more?  The numbers of fish of all large species is definitely increasing.

We have resident schools of Barracuda, Big eye trevally, and fusiliers as well as a myriad smaller fish species.  The eagle rays are really special and coral cat sharks can be seen on night dives and our 2016 save sharks project should increase the numbers and species of sharks seen.

Definitely enough fish all around the island to sustain a small shark population so we can protect them before they are all killed.

Baby sharks for sale in the Kudat fish market 2014
Baby sharks for sale in the Kudat fish market 2014

 

Marine Conservation efforts 2016

TRACC works on various aspects of coral reef ecosystem conservation. For 2016/7, we have ongoing projects on:-

Reef restoration
Our main project, we are growing and replanting coral to repair reefs.
Community conservation of coral reefs.  (Poster pdf)
Step reefs on steep slopes.  (PRESENTATION pdf)

reef conservation and repair
branching porites hard coral growing over a bottle reef

Turtles in the NE Semporna Islands
A day in the life of a turtle volunteer
Turtle walk anyone

Save sharks
Buy a shark and save it.
Are there any sharks left? (With Shark Stewards).
Protected area for sharks in Semporna (with Sabah Shark Protection Association)
Big fish and shark surveys.

Mabul shark and ray fishery (PDF-Poster)

Nurul Yazid biodiversity of pom pom island Sabah
Green turtles are common

Biodiversity
Biodiversity project

Protection of endangered species
Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus)
Giant clams

Climate change
Coral reef projects relating to climate change.

Dive on Coral Reefs NOW, the future is Hot Sour and Empty.  PDF  —–  Presentation — Video

Environmental Education
Art  —   The biggest shark in Borneo
Community art environmental education

Marine science course cambridge a level
Survey diving

Marine protected area roadmap.

These are not exhaustive, contact us if you know how to save the oceans!

Proactive marine conservation with TRACC – Web version – PDF

Conservation projects to 2015  -Old website – not mobile friendly

Suggested student research projects

Visits to TRACC for divers, volunteers & visitors.

Main menu

Cost of shark species

Shark cost table

These are estimated costs in US$ to buy, store, keep and transport various shark species.

The rare ones will cost more because of the need to make rapid trips to remote villages to buy the sharks before the villagers kill them to sell in the market.

shark cost table

The rarer the shark the more important it is to collect a breeding population into one area before they are completely wiped out from these areas of ocean. Our project has no financial limits, we will protect and move 1 shark or we will protect lots, the more money we raise the better. Hopefully with your support we will move and protect several breeding populations. In 2016, our reef fish population is not large enough for large sharks.  Realistically we don’t expect to find any large pelagic sharks (Grey reefs or Blacktips) so anyone generous enough to want to help will understand if we have to substitute several small sharks for a large one.

Our fund raising is for 6 months Oct to end of Jan 2017. We expect to acquire some sharks in Jan for release in February. The rarer sharks may take months to find.

1  Save shark project 2015

2  How you can save sharks

3  Cost of various shark species

Rewards for donations to buy sharks

Click on the social media links below to spread the message and help save sharks.

Baby guitar sharks are common in the Kota Kinabalu fish market. How much would you pay to dive or snorkel and see these swimming free?
Baby guitar sharks are common in the Kota Kinabalu fish market. How much would you pay to dive or snorkel and see these swimming free?

Shark saver rewards

Baby black tips in the market at US$2.5 per kilo. Would you pay more than that to dive with sharks?
Baby black tips in the market at US$2.5 per kilo. Would you pay more than that to dive with sharks?

Rewards or Incentives for different Donation level (US$)

We are raising funds with Crowdrise  – 95% of your credit card donation goes to save sharks.  For full value donations – please use paypal  or  bank transfer with transferwise.  Donate for sharks here

All discounts are freely transferable, you can use any discount voucher yourself or give it to any deserving student. All donations get the sincere gratitude of sharks who are not killed and eaten.

Shark fin savers

Donations upto US$50 we will add your donation to others to save a shark. Plus a Youtube thank you as the shark is released. A gift card thank you plus one entry for each $25 donation for a raffle/lottery for a free 2 week dive or snorkel trip booked with TRACC.

Donate for sharks here

Shark supporter

All donations over US$50 get to choose a name for the shark and a Youtube Video naming of the shark as it is released, gift card thank you plus one entry for each $25 donation for a raffle/lottery for a free 2 week dive or snorkel trip booked with TRACC.

Blacktip reef shark
Blacktip reef shark, very rarely seen in Sabah except in the fish market.

Donate for sharks here

Shark Volunteer

Get 30% off any visit to TRACC.  All donations over US$200 received in 2016 will get a discount voucher (equal to 30% of shark donation) off any dive or snorkel trip booked with TRACC.

Donate for sharks here

Shark Rescuer

Get 30% off any visit to TRACC.  All donations over US$ 800 get to choose a name for the shark and a Youtube Video naming of the shark as it is released, gift card thank you, TRACC shark supporter polo shirt and discount voucher (equal to 30% of shark donation) off any dive or snorkel trip booked with TRACC plus one raffle/lottery entry for each $25 donation.

Donate for sharks here

 Shark Hero

Get 30% off any visit to TRACC.  This is the actual cost to rescue a rare shark. All donations over US$1500 get to choose a name for the shark and a Youtube Video naming of the shark as it is released, gift card thank you, TRACC shark supporter polo shirt and discount voucher (equal to 30% of shark donation) off any dive or snorkel trip booked with TRACC plus one raffle/lottery/lottery entry for each $25 donation.

Please send us an email Info@tracc-borneo.org and we will credit you with the appropriate donation. Thanks

Donate for sharks here

Awesome Shark Superhero

All donations over US$5000 will be used to sponsor one student to study the shark populations, Plus you choose a name for the sharks and a You tube Video naming of the shark as they are released, gift card thank you, 2 x TRACC shark supporter polo shirts and discount voucher (equal to 30% of shark donation) off any dive or snorkel trip booked with TRACC plus one raffle/lottery entry for each $25 donation.

Donate for sharks here

Extreme Shark Saver

All donations over US$10000 will be used to sponsor two students to study the shark populations, Plus you choose a name for the sharks and a Youtube Video naming of the sharks as they are released, gift card thank you, 4 x TRACC shark supporter polo shirts and free two week dive or snorkel trip booked with TRACC preferably timed to coincide with meeting the students and the release of your sharks.

Donate for sharks here

1  Save shark project 2015

2  How you can save sharks

3  Cost of various shark species

Click on the social media links below to spread the message and help save sharks.

How you can save sharks

Coral cat shark -cute
Coral cat shark -cute

Buy and rescue a shark and give it a name, we buy it for you, keep it alive, move it to a protected area and then release it to swim free.

Choose your shark and then name it!

Are you a shark fin saver or an awesome shark superhero?  Choose your level of commitment to shark conservation.  🙂

If finances are tight then please promote our efforts to save sharks on your social media.

We will video the shark release and will name it for you or your loved one on the youtube video. Then days, weeks or months later when we see it, we will photo it and send you the photo. Plus we want you to come and dive with it yourself, we are offering part of your  donation as a discount for any dive or snorkelling trip taken with TRACC.

A complete list of rewards offered for each donation can be found –>here<–. All shark purchases will receive a thank you card, a position on our wall of fame and update photos of the sharks as we see them over the next few years. For an additional donation of $25 we will send extra TRACC shark supporter shirts.

1  Save shark project

2  How you can save sharks

3  Cost of various shark species

Rewards for donations to buy sharks

Click on the social media links below to spread the message and help save sharks.

Sharks at this size are just babies.
Sharks at this size are just babies.

Save sharks project

Shark rescue

Help TRACC reduce the death of baby sharks through our shark rescue project.  We want to stop baby sharks being killed and eaten by moving them to a protected reef.

Why?

Unfortunately as a result of overfishing and the demand for shark fin, there are very few sharks on any reefs in Sabah. Our diving surveys of 365 reefs in 2011 showed very low numbers in any area with no protection. We surveyed every fish market in 2014 and few areas (a long way from our island) still have sharks which are caught by commercial fishermen.

In 2013, we bought 25 coral catsharks from the live fish trade and saved them from being eaten. We have also bought Humphead wrasse and Humpback groupers and sucessfully released them. We released the coral catsharks on Pom Pom Island and now they can be seen on most night dives. With several years of reef recovery, the fish population of the Pom Pom Island protected area is now large enough to support more sharks.

save a shark with tracc, #shark, #savesharks
shark rescue project

In 2016, we want to rescue and release a small breeding population of each reef or shallow water species, (coral cat shark, white tip reef shark, brown banded bamboo, white spot bamboo, epaulete shark, blacktip reef shark, grey reef shark, leopard shark and guitar shark). We know where in Sabah the fishers catch a few babies of each of these each year, (none of these sharks are protected even though numbers have fallen dramatically). If we buy them they won’t be eaten and they will have the opportunity to grow and reproduce in a protected area.

We are not promoting the trade and fishing of sharks, sharks are caught and sold everyday in much larger numbers than we can manage to buy and transport. Most sharks are immediately finned and then the body is sold in the nearby markets.

Tiny baby sharks caught in large numbers.
Tiny baby sharks caught in large numbers.

We will work with the live fish trade and instead of the shark going to a seafood restaurant, it will come to us for transport and release in a protected area. Eventually, we hope that the sharks we rescue will breed and start to repopulate many reefs in Sabah. For rare sharks, we hope to bring individual sharks together which were caught in different towns perhaps separated by 100’s of kilometers. By release in one area, the sharks have much better chance of finding a mate and successful reproduction.

1 Crowdrise save shark campaign .

2  How you can save sharks

3  Cost of various shark species

Rewards for donations to buy sharks

5 Donate here to help us buy sharks.

Join us – promote our shark rescue campaign – become a social supporter and help us raise awareness and money to save sharks.

Click on the social media links below to spread the message and help save sharks.

shark rescue to reduce sharks mortality and increase breeding populations.
Piles of dead sharks are in every fish market, the babies don’t get to deep reefs where they could grow. Dead within a few months of birth. Lets do something about this.

 

Rescued coral catsharks

In 2013, we bought 25 coral catsharks from the live fish trade and saved them from being eaten. We have also bought Humphead wrasse and Humpback groupers and sucessfully released them. We released the coral catsharks on Pom Pom Island and now in 2015 they can be seen on most night dives.

More Biodiversity,  Sharks  Turtles