MARINE BIOLOGY: FISH FARMING 2018
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 280€ per week
- Code : G/CRC/MBFF2018
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
The Green Lion
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.
About the Accommodation Your new home will be one of two newly built eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House. The two houses sleep up to 22 people. Most rooms have bunk beds and are shared on a single gender. One room in each house has a bunk bed with a double bed below, single above, suitable for couples or small families, if needed. (Private rooms can be obtained at additional cost; this must be arranged before arriving for your program). All doors are lockable and we advise you, for added security, to make use of this when you leave your room. There is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, TV and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus Food Arrangements Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.
Esparza is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The area was first settled by the Chorotega and Huetar peoples. The Chorotega people fled from Mexico 1,500 years ago and brought their traditions with them. This is a possible reason why there are Mexican words which jump several countries and turn up again in Costa Rica. The Spanish town was founded in 1577, making it the second oldest in the country. It has a rich history which includes legends of hidden pirate gold. Esparza is the second largest canton in the province of Puntarenas, covering an area of 216.80 km², and with a population of approximately 35,000. The pace of life is relaxed. It is not unusual to see horses being ridden in the street. The town itself is off the tourist trail. However, the nearest beach for surf and relaxation is only 20 mins (14kms) away. Within a distance of 25 kilometers, you can also find canopy tours as well as the world-famous attractions of Puntarenas, including a marine park and a newly renovated marina. Likewise, the nearest national park, Carara, is only an hour’s drive away.
Additional Requirements You must be interested in the work and ready to get your hands dirty! This placement is aimed at those who have a good level of scientific knowledge. Please give as much notice as possible if you are interested in being involved in a project or study beyond the ongoing feed monitoring study. If you are a Biologist or Marine Biologist, or studying towards this, you could be involved in significant projects. You cannot be allergic to seafood. A basic level of Spanish would be advisable. Additional Equipment Casual dress is appropriate during your time on the project. Please be aware that your clothes will get dirty. Closed shoes are essential. If you are able to assist, the Marine Park is always grateful for financial donations. However, your time &enthusiasm are also invaluable, and a donation is not expected.