“During May and August of 2001, Seascape Research and Education will be
conducting several sailing trips, during which participants may assist in the development of marine monitoring and coastal mapping in the area of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The establishment of ongoing mapping and monitoring efforts will be an important step toward protection and sustainable development of coastal resources in the country.
Volunteers will assist in gathering GPS reference points both on land and at sea, as well as assist in general reef exploration and the establishment of permanent monitoring sites. Operations will be based on a sailing vessel, allowing freedom of movement through the island chain of the Grenadines.
Though participants should show confidence in their aquatic skills, no
previous experience is needed to assist with this project. Procedures and training will be given during the stay. However, the project is especially well suited to those who would like to get a taste of work in Geographic Information Systems, and field aspects of Marine Monitoring. It is also well suited to those who are interested in discussing coastal management issues from a uniquely local point of view.
Costs to participants have been kept as low a possible, and cover the cost of vessel expenses, modest meals and provisions. All other aspects of the project have either been donated or are provided voluntarily.