June 20 – June 27, 2020


News Update (3/21/20): Due to the coronavirus crisis, we will not be awarding a scholarship for travel in 2020. If you have already applied, we will keep your application on file and submit it for a future scholarship trip. Thank you and please be well. — Susan & Jan 

About Dominica: Dominica, known as the “Nature Island”, has a picturesque landscape of tropical rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls as well as boiling pools and geysers. Dominica’s volcanic activity and unique geothermal properties contribute to some of the island’s most unique features – like Champagne Reef, a warm, shallow dive site that gets its name from the many bubbles emerging from the ocean floor. Surveyors on past REEF Trips to this location have recorded interesting species like Stippled Spoon-nosed Eels, Pipefish, Bluespotted Cornetfish and Cardinal Soldierfish, and we look forward to seeing surprises await on our next trip to this well-loved dive location.

Dominica is an island located in the Caribbean Sea.

About REEF trips: The REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project is the organization’s  cornerstone citizen science program. Started in 1993, this project engages volunteer SCUBA divers and snorkelers to collect and report information on marine fish populations as well as sea turtles and select invertebrate and algae species. One of the most effective and powerful ocean citizen science programs, it has generated the world’s largest database of marine fishes. This data is being used to better understand and protect ocean ecosystems worldwide.

Typical REEF Field Survey Trips study the diversity and abundance of species found within a selected project region. Each diving day, participants will head out with slate and underwater paper in-hand and start counting species. If you aren’t familiar with all your fish families and species prior to coming on the trip, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn the region’s fish during daily educational Fish ID seminars led by the project leader. Once the trip is complete, participants may upload their valuable survey data into REEF’s online program.

Past trips have gathered total species counts ranging in the hundreds and even uncovered some region’s more elusive and unexpected species as well. Fishery protections around the world depend on high quality data. With REEF data, submitted by citizen scientists, researchers are making exciting discoveries about marine ecosystems and policymakers have more information to refine conservation efforts.

About this Trip:

Home Base: Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Dive Support: Dive Dominica

Costs: The CEDAM Scholarship recipient will be fully funded for housing, meals and diving during the research trip.

Accommodations: The CEDAM Scholarship recipient will be assigned housing at the official trip hotel. Hotel rooms might be shared if appropriate double occupancy is available.

How to Get There: The CEDAM Scholarship recipient will be fully funded for air transportation from the U.S. to/from Dominica. Transfers on the island will also be covered.

See the full trip announcement on REEF’s website for more details about the trip.


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