HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our research team goes out for minimum 4 dives a week to conduct Roving Survey dives throughout the Gili Matra Marine Reserve. During these dives we count any and all indicator fish and we record number of individuals, species name, size, sex, and time of the dive it was spotted. These are fish that we fish and sharks eat. The more we see in a dive site the more likely there is too be sharks. During these we also count, measure and record all the sharks, rays and turtles we see.
Each member of the research team has its own slate and records a set of data. Back on the surface the group’s sightings are compared and combined into one set of data per survey dive. The data we collected during our roving survey dives is shared with the Indonesian government, University of Hull, Shark Base and E oceans.
The roving survey dives are lead and monitored by our marine biologist. Every new team member undergoes a thorough training about marine life conservation in the first week of their stay. The training focuses on buoyancy control, fish identification and indicator species. A dive master is on every dive to ensure the safety of the team.