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Giving light to communities in the wake of Cyclone Dineo

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Education Merchandise Mozambique Tofo Beach Volunteer

By Morgan Hannah Pettersson   In February 2017, Cyclone Dineo hit the coast of Mozambique. MMF’s global headquarters is based in Tofo which is situated in the Inhambane Province, one of the worst affected areas. For the local communities who live predominantly in traditional grass thatched houses, the cyclone was a terrifying ordeal. Many families […]

Record-breaking citizen science in Raja Ampat

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Field Notes Indonesia Manta Rays Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Volunteer

By Steph Venables   Masks on. Regs in. On my count, one, two, three, go!   It’s hard to beat the excitement just before a dive, especially if it’s a survey dive at a manta aggregation site. Will we see mantas? How many? Will they stick around? Will they be new individuals, or old favorites? […]

Microplastics & Megafauna on the Road

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Conferences and Symposiums Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Marine Biology Microplastics Volunteer

One of the perks of being a marine scientist is spending time out in nature encountering marine life. However, taking a break from the field and gathering with other marine scientists to talk about results and updates from research is just as much fun as it is important. That’s exactly what brought our Microplastics & […]

Myanmar Manta Exploration: doing our best to be a modern day Jacque Cousteau

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Conservation Manta Rays Mozambique Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Thailand Tofo Beach Volunteer

By Anna Flam   As part of my job I often dive the same sites repeatedly. I always laugh a little when divers complain they’ve been to Giant’s Castle in Mozambique or Bida Nok in Thailand two times already! Yea, I’ve been there over two hundred.     Repeatedly diving a reef is necessary when […]

Meet The Team: Dr. Fabrice Jaine

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Conservation Manta Rays Mozambique Ray of Hope Expeditions Research in Action Thailand Tofo Beach Volunteer

  What is your role at MMF? I am a senior biologist working with the Manta Ray Team in various research projects aiming to enhance manta ray knowledge and conservation. I am also lucky to lead some of the incredible Ray of Hope Expeditions to manta hot spots around the globe.   When did you […]

Meet The Team: Stephanie Venables

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Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Mozambique Research in Action Tofo Beach Volunteer

After volunteering with MMF for over two years, Stephanie Venables has just enrolled as a PhD student and has big plans…   What is your background? I was born in the UK, but at 9 years old moved to Western Australia with my family – something I’ll never be able to thank my parents enough […]

New Research Beginnings and Inspiring Marine Ambassadors

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Conservation Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Research in Action Volunteer

By Elitza Germanov   MMF’s SE Asia researchers have settled in at our new home in Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. After our good friends from the Aquatic Alliance, who for several years had piloted conservation initiatives in the area, invited us onboard to advise and help manage future conservation strategies, we have hit the ground […]

Underwater Africa: Tofo through a Lens

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Mozambique Tofo Beach Volunteer

By Scott Campbell   Scott spent a month volunteering with Underwater Africa in Tofo, Mozambique, diving and collecting data on local fish populations. He’s also a pretty good photographer and put together a selection of shots to give you an idea of what life in Tofo and its surroundings can be like, when not underwater.   […]

Here’s to more Manta Mania in Indonesia!

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Indonesia Manta Rays Microplastics Research in Action Volunteer

By Kalina Grabb   After completing my dive master in Komodo National Park two years ago, I have been itching for a reason to return to Indonesia and dive in these beautiful waters again. Recently completing my undergrad in earth science and oceanography, I was hoping to find an opportunity to dive and learn tangibly […]

Nemos Pequenos: A View to the Future

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Education Mozambique Nemos Pequenos Swim School Tofo Beach Volunteer

Nemos Pequenos: A Volunteers Experience Written by Laya Polowin.   I could have chosen almost anywhere in the world to volunteer for a marine conservation program this year. I looked at every continent, seeing description after description and picture after picture of similar programs where I would “scuba dive, snorkel and explore local wildlife while […]

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