LAMAVE re-joins Philippine Siren0
Source: Worldwide Dive and Sail
Based on PREVIOUS success, Siren Fleet proudly announces yet again a ‘Special Siren Trip’ on 9-19 January 2019 in cooperation with LAMAVE. Not only will you dive some of the best sites in the Philippines – on a unique itinerary including Southern Leyte and Bohol – but you are invited to assist LAMAVE with their invaluable research to whale sharks, manta rays and turtles!
Join in for exploratory dives to deploy or retrieve acoustic receivers at multiple sites along the route of the trip, including Cabilao, Balicasag, and Pamilacan. In addition, you can analyse the gathered data from existing receivers and help with identifying individual tagged species of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles to be able to count their numbers.
An important data collection method for LAMAVE is photo-identification, in which you can assist as well. This technique aims to identify single individual animals based on the distribution of the unique spots and stripes patterns on their body. Divers will be able to match each of their photos taken during the encounter with the national and international catalogue to learn more about the history of each individual mantas, turtles and whale sharks and directly contribute to the conservation of the species.
LAMAVE’s Executive Director Gonzalo Araujo will join us on this Special Siren Trip. Whilst on board, he will give several presentations explaining LAMAVE’s research to the various species. These presentations show the collected data is used and interpreted, why it is important, and how it can lead to conservation.
Gonzalo has been working in the Philippines since 2011 and joined LAMAVE in July 2012. Ever since, he has supervised whale shark research and conservation across different sites in the Philippines. He is interested in the movement and ecology of marine megafauna and how we can study them through minimally to non-invasive methods. This includes the use of lasers – photogrammetry, satellite and acoustic tags, remote cameras and new technologies involving DNA. Understanding a species presence and whereabouts is essential to advise the authorities and ensure their conservation.
LAMAVE – Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines – is the largest independent nongovernmental organisation dedicated to conservation of marine megafauna and protection of their habitats in the Philippines. It is renowned for in-depth research on and conservation of large marine vertebrates. Besides their research activities, an equally important part of their work is providing information, education and raising awareness. LAMAVE’s researchers visit local schools, offer film screenings, conduct community art projects and give lectures on plastic pollution, sustainability, coral reefs and (whale) sharks.
Siren Fleet embraces LAMAVE’s work and objectives and we will donate a portion of all income of this cruise to them. Therefore, sign up for this Special Siren Trip, so you can participate and contribute on multiple levels to help this NGO continue their valuable work! Contact us today at
[email protected] for more information and bookings.
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