Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme

E-Newsletter | September 2013


Information about what's happening with whale sharks, volunteer opportunities, marine conservation, and our work in the Maldives and the greater Indian ocean. 
 
Facebook
Twitter
Website
Email
Instagram
IN THIS ISSUE
Photo: MWSRP volunteer swims alongside a whale shark. 
  • Looking Forward: A message from Jim Hancock, Manager of Operations
  • Announcements:
          --> Check out our new website
          --> For all past volunteers: please take a quick survey!
  • Meet the team: MWSRP in-field coordinators
  • Volunteer with us: We've still got space available
E-NEWSLETTER: A MESSAGE FROM JIM
WELCOME TO OUR SECOND EVER E-NEWSLETTER. Historically, September is one of the busiest months of the year. It's the month that everything kicks into high gear in preparation for the next season of whale shark research. This year, our research period begins Oct. 6, 2013 and will conclude Apr. 19, 2014.

There is an extra edge to the proceedings at MWSRP this year - a murmuring of anticipation built on the feeling that the programme is moving forward. You may have noticed it yourself: a new website, e-newsletters arriving in your inbox, and an increased presence in the social media realm - you can follow us on Instagram now

Behind the scenes, a groundbreaking research hypothesis has been developed that will help inform how we conduct our studies for this upcoming research period. Additionally, we are finally getting to a volume in our data where trends can be observed and reported in a statistically significant way.

In other exciting news, the foundations of a new internship programme for Maldivian students is underway. The majority of this has come about because of three seriously dedicated, talented, and professional team members. New ideas, fresh perspectives and a thirst to improve is driving MWSRP forward. There are some big plans afoot and we look forward to sharing more with you as MWSRP evolves.

With that, we are hoping you can help us out a bit today. We are trying to better understand how to communicate with our alumni volunteers. 
For all MWSRP Alumni: will you take 10 minutes to complete this survey? Thank you in advance for your participation. 
 
In conclusion, I'd like to end on one of our goals: to ramp up the reach and impact of our research and community work. We plan to give back more to the science and conservation of the whale shark, it's environment, and the communities who call this region their home. We hope you continue to follow us on this journey and consider joining us on one of our research expeditions.
 
Here's to a successful whale shark research season in 2013 and 2014! 

Jim 
Manager of Operations

OUR NEW, FANTASTIC WEBSITE HAS LAUNCHED!
A lot of effort has gone into the redesign of our website. Thankfully it's done and ready for the world to view!

Share it with your friends, family, and anyone who might take an interested in MWSRP's work. 
Check it out by clicking on the image to the left or visit www.mwsrp.org 

Thank you Tom Jenkins and Simon Canaway for your effort and creative brilliance.



MWSRP ALUMNI: PLEASE TAKE OUR FIRST-EVER SURVEY!

WE WANT TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH OUR ALUMNI!

Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this short survey about how we can better engage and communicate with you.


Thank you for your input. We really appreciate it
WHO'S GOING TO BE OUT IN THE FIELD?
KATIE HINDLE is from Leeds, U.K. She loves being in the sea, has found passion in her work with the programme, and is a budding marine biologist! (top left) 

FERNANDO CAGUA is from Bogota, Colombia. Fernando has his M.S. in Marine Science and has worked all over the world. Most recently his research took him to Tanzania looking to understand why whale sharks visit Mafia Island in particular. (top right)

NEAL COLLINS is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Neal has his M.A. in Sustainable Development and has found his passion in bringing people together to discuss conservation and protection for the whale shark. (bottom left)

ALISSA NAGEL is from Anchorage, Alaska. Alissa has her M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management and one day, hopes to understand how culture and gender can aid in conservation efforts. (bottom right)  

 
Read more about Katie, Fernando, Neal and Alissa
VOLUNTEER WITH MWSRP
Photo: MWSRP staff and volunteers do 'the whale shark' symbol! June 2012. 
 
THERE IS SPACE AVAILABLE TO COME VOLUNTEER FOR ONE OF OUR RESEARCH EXPEDITIONS!
 
2013*
 
6-19 October (Block 1)3 spaces available

20 October-2 November (Block 2)3 spaces available

3-16 November (Block 3)4 spaces available

17-30 November (Block 4): FULL

1-14 December (Block 5): FULL

15-28 December (Block 6): 3 spaces available




2014*

29 December-11 Jan, 2014 (Block 7): 3 spaces available

12-25 January (Block 8): 3 spaces available

26 January-8 February (Block 9): 2 spaces available

9-22 February (Block 10): FULL

23 February-8 March (
Block 11): 4 spaces available

9-22 March (Block 12): 6 spaces available

23 March-5 April (Block 13): 6 spaces available

6-19 April (Block 14): 5 spaces available
 
 
If you would like to learn more about this dynamic opportunity, we would love to hear from you. Check out our website to get more information or drop us a line at volunteer@maldiveswhalesharkresearch.org.

*Open spaces as of 13 September 2013. Availability is subject to change. 
Give today to protect whale sharks and enrich lives. 

With big goals on the horizon, we hope you will consider making an annual financial gift in support of our work.

Click here to make your gift or contact Alissa Nagel at alissa@maldiveswhalesharkresearch.org. 
The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP) is a charity that exists to conduct whale shark research projects and to foster community-based conservation initiatives within the Maldives and throughout the Indian ocean. 
 
Our mission:
Conservation through research and community mobilisation. 

Share
Forward to Friend
Tweet
+1
Share
Copyright © 2013 Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme | All rights reserved.

www.mwsrp.org | UK registered charity 1130369