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Indo Ocean Project was founded by marine biologist, dive instructors, and ocean enthusiasts from around the globe to create a nation wide standardized data collection and research diver training program in Indonesia, the heart of the coral triangle. IOP has been working together with Bali Diving Academy, Dr. Mark Bond from Florida International University, and the local communities to carry out scientific research to address shark, ray, and marine conservation issues in this area of the Indo-Pacific.
Our field expeditions in Indonesia hosts international and local research projects focused on marine mega fauna and coral reef conservation in marine reserves across the country. The aim of the Indo Ocean Project is to generate high quality scientific data to inform local mangers and stakeholders about the status of shark and ray populations in the Marine Protect Area (MPA) , and to increase marine conservation awareness among the local communities and general public.
Education and awareness is the foundation of conservation so we have developed training and expedition programs to allow the general public to get their hands dirty and get involved. You don’t need to be a diver or a scientist to get involved, our project relies on the experience and expertise of our volunteers from around the world to take action and take part.
Elasmobranchs are some of the oldest living creatures on this planet but have survived multiple mass-extinction events. Today, however, critical habitat loss and increased fishing induced mortality have meant that many elasmobranch species are currently experiencing global population declines, and a quarter of known species are threatened with extinction in our lifetime.
One of the leading problems facing conservation biologists is lack of data from remote regions. Indonesia sits in the highest region of the globe for shark and ray biodiversity, however they are one of the world’s leading shark fishing nations and many local populations are near collapse. We aim to collect biodiversity and abundance data on the shark and ray populations of Nusa Penida Marine Protect Area, Komodo National Park, and Raja Ampat. This data can be used to impact local management and monitor the effectiveness of the MPA’s in order to guide effective management.
Become a PADI Pro at our headquarters in Bali Diving Academy and intern as a research diver in Nusa Lembongan. Accepting applications all year round for a minimum stay of 2 months.
Liveaboard and research expedition from Komodo National Park to the Gili Islands and return in July-August 2018. Only a few spots left!
Liveaboard and research expedition in Raja Ampat Nation Park.
Departing from Sorong on January 6th 2019.
Join the research team in Raja Ampat in January 2019 as we explore one of the world’s last frontiers. Continue reading “Raja Ampat Expedition”