PNG Shark and Ray Conservation

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Coordinator | Hayley
Coordinator | Hayley
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Get hands on experience working with shark and ray species
Be involved in new innovative science of tagging and tracking shark and rays
Snorkel with manta rays
scuba dive and snorkel in one of the most diverse and beautiful reef systems the Coral Sea
involvement in Papua New Guinea island life and communities, through education and awareness programs
This project is going to be used to assess shark and ray population and diversity at the Conflict Islands, through the development of a long-term survey program. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
This project is going to be used to assess shark and ray population and diversity at the Conflict Islands, through the development of a long-term survey program. This project will study the populations of different species of shark and rays to create a baseline dataset and to assess the effectiveness of our ongoing conservation and education efforts in the area.
You will be assisting our team in deploying BRUV’s (Baited Remote Underwater Video systems) and analyzing the data collected. By counting the number of sharks that swim into the field of view, we can estimate shark abundance and compare the results between sites and across years. Also we will be deploying baited, non lethal drum-lines, as another sampling technique. 
There have been sightings of hammerhead sharks as well as whale sharks, and we regularly see juvenile black tip reef sharks around our jetty which would indicate there is a pupping area somewhere in the vicinity which we are hoping to be to identify. Manta’s and white-tailed mangrove rays are some of the larger species of rays that we see on a regular basis as well as the lagoon or blue spotted ray.
This internship is a great opportunity to gain experience in a range of areas and is ideal for anyone studying, or recently finished studying marine science.
In addition, the BRUV data we collect are part of the Global FinPrint project which is the largest standard survey of sharks and rays on the world’s coral reefs. The Global FinPrint analysis will allow us to measure how the abundance and diversity of sharks and rays in Belize compares to reefs in other parts of the world. It will also enable us to determine what features of a coral reef determine how many sharks and rays live on it.
This involves maintenance of the units, transport by boat, deployment (using a rope and float), measurement of environmental data, and recovery of the units by rope and float. If time permits, BRUVs will be reviewed at the end of each sampling day. You will be trained in shark and stingray species identification.
We will also spend a day in a village doing community awareness where you will have access to local tours, sightseeing activities and possibly get a ride in a traditional outrigger sailing kenu. Please ensure to bring small denominations to buy local produce, souvenirs and gifts to help support these villages.

Typical day

Expect to smell like bait, expect to spend a lot of time on the water, expect to get a lot of sun, and expect to have alot of fun!!! Your days will be filled with either bating setting and recovering the BRUV or drum-lines or doing data analysis of the footage all ready recorded. This will include detailed species identification. You will have free time to enjoy yourself, go diving and snorkeling or just relax on the islands.
You will get a chance to visit our Turtle Conservation Nursery on you island visit.

During your internship you will be asked to assist the staff and will be given a cleaning and cooking roster.

Typical Day
7:30am breakfast
8am Departure to set lines and Bruvs
11:30 am return
1pm Dive
3pm till 5pm data entry and collection or setting more lines
6:30pm dinner

Free-time activities

• Kayaking
• Stand-up paddleboards
• FREE Diving with our local dive master, for
certified divers (must be arranged the day before)
• PADI diving courses available for anyone wanting
to learn how to dive.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
"cv" "police clearance"
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What's Included

Services by CICI
Airport transfer between Alotau airport and our boat
Travel between Alotau to the Conflict Islands
Travel to research sites
All food
All accommodation on the Island
Laundry facilities ( once a week)
Research Equipment
All activities (except diing)
In-country orientation and training
Boat travel between islands and to neighboring Islands
groups Use of kayaks, SUP’s, snorkeling equipment
End of trip bonfire
Certificate of completion

Return flights to Alotau
Accommodation in Port Moresby or Alotau (if
you have a long layover)
Travel Insurance
Soft drinks
Scuba Diving and Courses
Additional tours
Any additional food, for dietary requirements
Entry Permit/Visa
Airport Pickup at Gurney Airport

You will be met by one of our staff members at Gurney Airport in Alotau, where our bus will transfer to our boat, the Undersea Explorer. If you need to do any shopping locally or wish to walk into the main town this can be arranged.

For most of your time you will be based aboard the Undersea Explorer, a 24m long, 8 cabin live-aboard. The boat is fully air-conditioned, has 4 shower/toilets with fresh water available. Please be aware fresh water is a precious resource one 2-3 minute shower per day only should be taken. the cabins available are all shared with 2-3 other volunteers.
There will be times where the ship will be needed to do supply runs into Alotau and will not be present at the site. On these occasions the camp will be based on one of the Island in a basic tented camp. There are pit toilets and no fresh water to shower in only borewater or washing in the sea. There will be a basic camp kitchen and a sometimes a generator for power at nights. This is NOT glamping, and is a very basic base camp. 
Please make sure you are comfortable with this before booking. 
Bungalow Camping
Food & Beverages

Food is also basic, please be aware we try to cater for specific dietary requirements, but this is difficult given our remote location. If you do have gluten or other requirements we suggest that you bring a supply of suitable foods with you. We will provide 3 basic meals a day.  All food is provided throughout your internship, soft drinks will be available for purchase for $3aud a can. Any islands expenses can be placed onto a tab and can be paid by eftpos at the end of your trip. 

SPECIAL NOTE TO VEGANS AND VEGITARIANS: Please be aware that it is often difficult to accommodate strict vegans. It may be possible to get meatless meals but vegans may have a problem avoiding animal products altogether. 
BREAKFAST   cereals, toast and a selection of fruit
LUNCH AND DINNER Buffet Style, stews, curry and rice, pasta dishes, wraps salads, bbq, and stirfrys, on occasion local dishes.
BEVVEERRAAGGEESS   Water, tea, instant coffee and juice are provided

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Gurney Airport (GUR) in Alotau. We assist you to find cheap flights to Papua New Guinea.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Papua New Guinea provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Papua New Guinea you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Papua New Guinea.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

7th February 2020 – 21st February 2020

21st February 2020 – 6th March 2020

6th March 2020 – 20th March 2020

20 March 2020 – 3rd April 2020

3rd April 2020 – 17th April 2020

17th April 2020 – 1st May 2020

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$708 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. CICI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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