[Coral-List] Grants, Resources or Advice for Marine Monitoring Program
kelleyaohara at gmail.com
Fri Apr 30 17:22:55 EDT 2010
I am looking to start a (hopefully) long-term marine monitoring
program in the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica. Our area of interest is
specifically the waters surrounding Islas Tortugas. Marine monitoring
activities will include both diving and snorkeling. The local
community will also be involved with an environmental awareness
Funding will be used to buy starting materials (like underwater slates
and identification cards) and for training of community members. This
program will join several tourism operations with the local community
to identify and count fish species, as well as enhancing environmental
awareness of the general public. School children will be asked to
participate in beach clean-ups and will be part of an educational
I need to locate sources of funding, but I also would appreciate any
type of advice or helpful resources.
Has anyone started a monitoring program and struggled with the
longevity of it?
While tourism and fishing are major sources of income here, does
anyone have advice on how to make it explicitly clear that
preservation of species is a good incentive to care?
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