Despite covering over 70% of our planet, only 0.6% of the world oceans are protected. Humans are damaging the world’s fragile marine ecosystems and the species they support at an alarming rate. Join our marine conservation volunteer program in Africa and explore the world beneath the waves. You’ll learn just how important marine life is, while experiencing the beauty of our oceans with like-minded volunteers.
With humans increasingly using the ocean as a dumping ground for waste, pollution is a growing problem, along with unsustainable tourism and over-fishing. This means that marine conservation efforts are needed now more than ever – and you can help by volunteering with these stunning marine animals!
Billions of unwanted fish and other animals are caught as bycatch, with dolphins, turtles, seabirds, sharks, and corals dying due to inefficient, illegal, and destructive fishing practices. Pollution is suffocating and poisoning our oceans through oil spills, sewage, chemical and agricultural waste and plastic, with 20 million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans each year.
If you have a passion for marine animals and appreciate the importance of the world’s oceans for the planet’s entire ecosystem, then you should consider becoming a marine conservation volunteer in Africa.We are currently working on the protection of coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass meadows, and with species of shark, ray, turtle, dolphin, manatee and hundreds of fish and invertebrate species. Data collected on these projects is used to inform and educate governments, businesses and communities responsible for the conservation of these areas and species.
Go Volunteer Africa’s marine conservation volunteer program offers different options from whale and turtle conservation to dolphin conservation projects in Africa. Volunteers on our marine conservation volunteer program support our trained scientific researchers in collecting baseline data and monitoring changes in marine biodiversity, contributing to the protection of threatened wildlife and ecosystems, whilst having the privilege of observing marine wildlife in its natural habitat.