Who are marine conservationists?
Marine conservationists are the incredible scientists who work directly in the field of, you guessed it, marine conservation! Their work is instrumental for achieving global and regional aquatic preservation goals from initiatives that focus on sea turtle conservation to coral reef protection.
What are the goals of marine conservationists?
In alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water, marine conservationists’ work focuses on promoting sustainable use of our oceans. Using our oceans in a sustainable and ecologically conscious way means life underwater can thrive, benefitting both marine species and our global human population.
What work do marine conservationists do?
Generally, marine conservationists’ work focuses on the following goals:
- Reducing marine pollution
- Protecting and monitoring the health of ecosystems
- Advocating for sustainable management of open water areas
Within these broad goals, work is varied. It can consist of scuba diving to monitor coral reef conservation, working with a marine non-profit organization, or more regionally specific tasks, like participating in sea turtle conservation in South Africa. Marine conservation is a diverse field filled with many unique work opportunities!
How can I join a marine conservationist?
Typically, marine conservationists have a degree in marine biology, oceanography or a relevant field. However, you do not need a degree in marine conservation to work with marine conservationists! Many volunteer programs, like our marine conservation volunteer abroad programs at African Impact, don’t require formal education in this field. Conservation volunteering is an incredible way to get involved in this exciting career!
How can I volunteer in marine conservation?
When volunteers join us for a marine conservation volunteering adventure, we take them through an intensive training program on-site. Here, participants learn about their project placement and prepare for the responsibilities they’ll have as a conservation volunteer. During marine conservation projects, volunteers work directly with teams made up of marine conservationists and researchers. Here, as an ocean conservation volunteer, you can contribute and collaborate with trained professionals on conservation projects and community initiatives.