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Diver Impacts on Dahab’s Reefs

28 June 2010 No Comment

Diver Impacts on Dahab’s Reefs
Project number: R001/09/DBL

Start Date: 01/05/10
End date: Ongoing
Location: Dahab/Ras Abu Galum. Egypt.
Volunteers: Min 4. Max Unlimited.
Minimum qualification: Research Diver Novice.


Objective:

This project is sponsored by RED SEA RESEARCH Ltd and the South Sinai Marine Protectorate, to facilitate data gathering useful to marine research while training. Unqualified volunteers will be trained to collect, catalogue and store data under the direct supervision of our in house Marine Biologist. Upon qualification and after a satisfactory assessment of both practical and ID skills individuals are assigned an area to thoroughly survey as a team, under the supervision of RED SEA RESEARCH staff.
RED SEA RESEARCH has undertaken to conduct base line surveys of all the major dive sites along the coast of Sinai, these will be compared to surveys conducted on unused sites to ascertain the impact diving tourism has on the coastal marine environment.

Type of survey: Full marine scientific base line surveys.
Method: Areas of 25m² will be assigned to teams who will survey the area using the following methods:
Topographical O/S survey areas will be 25m² and up to 20m in length or depth, including 5m of shore or beach.
Benthic surveys will be conducted including transect and quadrat survey methods.
Fish census surveys will be also be done at each location.
Bathymetric samples will be taken and recorded..
Cataloguing: Data collected throughout supervised surveys will be entered into spreadsheets to allow for interpretation, graphical presentation and ease of transfer to analytical packages.
Conclusion: The data collected will be invaluable to both the volunteers collecting it; for the knowledge and experience they will have gained, and the researchers who use the data as a means to observe the effects tourism and the changing environment has on coral reefs and the ecosystems they support. This will help us develop ways to counteract the detrimental effects that economic development has on the marine environment.

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