The SEASFiRE MX1 program exposes you to scuba diving, environmental activism and conservation science. It’s an amazing, rewarding and fun experience that will develop your skills and open your eyes about how you can help preserve the beauty of the underwater world. Please email us at [email protected] to register your interest or to ask any questions you have about the program.
The program includes a number of SEASFiRE modules which cover conservation, marine science, and media production. By participating in the program you will become published marine conservationists by the end of the week!
What’s the Problem?
An introductory module that sets out the environmental challenges facing the underwater world, from global warming to marine debris. As we explore the issues, we talk about the actions you take during the program and beyond will impact upon the environment.
Coral Reef Biodiversity
Setting the scene for much of the field research, Coral Reef Biodiversity introduces participants to coral reef ecology, describing different types of coral and coral reefs, as well as investigating the reasons for the amazing biodiversity found in these ecosystems.
Marine Life Identification
This module is designed to give students a greater understanding of how to identify the marine life that they will encounter underwater. The students will gain understanding of key terms, create their own dichotomous keys. Students should be able to take the information in this module and apply it on all SEASFiRE dives, enabling them to quickly gain an insight into the marine life they encounter underwater.
Sea Turtle Conservation
Turtles can be found across the globe. Six of the world’s seven sea turtles can be (allegedly) found in Mexican waters. In this module, we describe the different turtle species, the threats facing them, and whether conservation efforts do more harm than good.
As well as being essential to the documentation of marine life, underwater photography is also one of the most exciting skills you can learn underwater. As most beginners soon realise, it’s also a difficult one to master! This is a bespoke SEASFiRE module that is more rigorous than any other underwater photography training we have seen.
The programme includes a number of dives which support the learning and conservation goals of the program.
Marine Life Surveys
To measure the health of the coral reefs we explore, we will record the fish and other organisms living on the reef, and the roles they play within the ecosystem . We will perform different surveys during the program, looking at interactions between marine species, the presence of different organisms, and what this means for the health of the reef. We will document species we encounter in the SEASFiRE Marine Life Database.
Coral Health Check
Coral bleaching is one of the most dramatic illustrations of environmental pressures on a coral colony. Coral’s color is a good proxy for more general coral health. All data collected is submitted to CoralWatch, an international body collecting coral data from around the globe at the University of Queensland.
One of the highlights of the dive expedition is a truly unique experience – the SEASFiRE art dive. We take the participants to a shallow reef and ask them to draw the corals and fish they see. No-one else in the world offers this experience, and it is always one of the most fun and memorable parts of the expedition.
Plastic Beach Survey
Plastic waste dominates the 6 million tons of trash that finds its way into the sea each year. We will complete a survey of plastic waste on a beach. This survey will be conducted along transects and should allow us to create an estimate of plastic washed ashore on the adjacent coastline based on this sample.
We will remove trash that has washed ashore on the island, preventing further damage to the ecosystem. We will either complete a beach cleanup or we will snorkel to a less accessible spot and clean the trash from there. We will document the trash we remove so that we can enter this into the SEASFiRE marine waste database.