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Why marine conservation internships?
Having gained a degree in Marine Biology and his diving instructor qualification, Guy spent autumn 2009 until summer 2011 living and teaching scuba diving in Labuan Bajo, on the Indonesian island of Flores. Whilst there he helped set up MantaWatch, an organisation dedicated to protecting the endangered manta ray through tracking, research, management and conservation.
The Guy Joseph MantaWatch Awards
Despite the huge importance of the ocean environment to Indonesia, the country suffers from a shortage of marine science graduates. In 2012 Guy’s Trust decided to honour Guy's commitment to MantaWatch by funding two Guy Joseph MantaWatch Awards for deserving and academically gifted students to spend a month working with MantaWatch in Flores.
In view of the programme's success, the following year we doubled the number of awards and this has been repeated annually at a cost of approximately £16,000 each year. We have now funded twenty internships and the programme is going from strength to strength with several previous alumni returning to mentor new interns.
The MantaWatch internship programme offers an unprecedented opportunity and for many of the interns has lead to advanced study or careers in marine conservation. You can read "What the Alumni Did Next" here. The internship programme has also played a vital role in helping to conserve Indonesia’s marine wildlife and in February 2014 the Indonesian Government declared manta rays a protected species throughout the entire country and created the world’s largest manta ray sanctuary. This achievement was a direct result of the work of MantaWatch and the Guy’s Trust interns.
The Guy Joseph Ocean Award
In 2013, after discussion with Guy's fellow marine biology graduate Robyn Black, we funded the 'Guy Joseph Ocean Award', a marine conservation internship in the Maldives. The recipient was Mohamed Hammadh. You can read a report of his internship here.
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