MEDASSET is looking for a volunteer to participate to our research
project "A Rapid Assessment Survey of important marine turtle and
monk seal habitats in the coastal area of Albania", from October 15th
to November 20th, 2005.
The project aims to identify and map sea turtle foraging grounds and
potential monk seal shelters in Albanian coastal waters. This survey
will be using a boat with the capacity to accommodate 10 (ten) people.
The fieldwork will focus on Rapid Underwater Site Assessments (RUSA) at
various locations in two areas based on the information gathered from
fishermen surveys and previous scientific data. A series of random
dives will be conducted at different locations in those areas.
We plan to use the Line Transect method and Distance V.5 software.
Scientific information will be gathered on sea turtle abundance, on
benthic land formations and composition of the seabed in relation to
marine flora and fauna, on pollution etc. This information will be
recorded by divers and GPS equipment will be used applying GIS
techniques. The aim is to produce draft maps in order to compare sea
turtle feeding habits with geographical formations, using GIS
techniques. Potential monk seal shelters will also be identified and
The volunteer is required for a total of 5 weeks (15-20/11/05)to join
the research team on board the expedition's 46 feet boat.
The participant will have to cover his/her own return flight expenses
to Athens and travel insurance.
If you are interested, please email your details and photo, the
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