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.