You will be working with local staff as they clean the breeding tanks, feed and monitor the breeding stock, and harvest the eggs. The Live Feed Laboratory attempts to improve the feeding regime. On site training will be provided.
The main objective of the egg production programme is to study the physiological and metabolic adaptations resulting from nutrient supply and environmental changes, in order to improve growth and egg yield. Improved egg yield will enable the Marine Park to mitigate the negative impact of marine pollution and will increase the funds available for further research and education.
There is a particular study of the Berrugate, whose numbers have declined dramatically as a result of pollution and overfishing. If your stay is a long one, you may be able to get involved in specific studies or experiments. For example, we have a participant who is currently involved in a seahorse breeding programme aimed at reducing the poaching of wild seahorses.
Your schedule will be flexible, but you should be prepared to be active for 4-6 hours a day. You will have lunch with your local co-workers and can expect to be occupied between 9:00am in the morning until just before 4.00pm, depending on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the project and to get to know co-workers.
You will stay in Esparza. The project site is nearby, on the coast, 100ms from the sea.
When confirming your dates please take note of Public Holidays in the Holidays section. During such times, there may be disruption to the programme, as we work with local organisations, and so must be flexible to their needs .