Endorsed by. Durham University Coral Awareness and Research Expedition (DUCARE) 2008. What is DUCARE?
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Durham University Coral Awareness and
Research Expedition (DUCARE) 2008
What is DUCARE?
DUCARE 2008 follows on from highly successful research expeditions to the Central Visayan archipelago in the Philippines. Ten team members from Durham University have undertaken a two month expedition to monitor coral reef degradation and promote awareness of the marine environment in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions.
What has DUCARE done?
In collaboration with the Coastal Dynamics Foundation and Cebu Jaycees, DUCARE 2008 has:
Why is reef conservation important?
*International Year of the Reef 2008: www.iyor.org
Reef systems in the Visayan archipelago play host to the highest concentration of marine species worldwide, yet fish stocks are at a 50 year low.
Surveys suggest that of the 27,000km2 of Filipino reef, only 5% is in “excellent condition”.
The reliance of local communities on the reefs has led to widespread exploitation through over-fishing and collecting for the aquarium trade. Destructive fishing practices using dynamite or cyanide are becoming commonplace.
Last year, DUCARE was the world’s largest single contributor to Reef Check data, in nearly all cases exclusively sampling key sites in the Philippines.
David Murphy (Team Leader)
David has a variety of leadership and travel experience, and as a PADI Divemaster he is passionate about the conservation of our underwater world.
Rose Janes: Grant Officer
Rose previously taught children with learning difficulties and fundraised for travel across South America and Asia. As a PADI advanced open water diver she is well prepared for ReefCheck surveying.
Charlotte Jones: Treasurer
Charlotte's passion for diving as PADI advanced open water make her an inspiring team member. With a Duke of Edinburgh award, Charlotte brings unique skills to the team.
Jessica Batchelor: Medical Officer
An Ecology graduate, Jessica wishes to pursue a career in environmental education after expedition. Her scientific background coupled with her interest in education is suited well to this expedition.
Rupert Carter: Fundraiser
Rupert has undertaken a great deal of diving as a PADI Rescue diver. He brings broad travel, expedition and fundraising experience to the team.
Florence Brockway: Education Officer
Florence has significant experience of working with children in education. Combined with her background in Biology, this will allow her to develop effective educational plans suitable across a large age-group.
Juilitta Sofat: Fundraiser
Juilitta's past fundraising campaigns for societies and charities gives her a variety of experience to draw on. A PADI rescue diver, Juilitta will also be well equipped to survey the reef.
Robert Parson: Logistics Officer
Robert spent a year travelling and teaching in Asia. With expedition experience and a PADI rescue diver qualification, this makes him ideally qualified to organise the team.
Tom Bohills: Grant Officer
Tom is familiar with methods of teaching children when faced with language barriers. His travel experience, enthusiasm for conservation and PADI advanced open water qualification make Tom a valued team member.
Kristofer Chan: Team Scientist
With 4 months conservation experience in South America, a background in geography and advanced diving capabilities as a PADI Rescue Diver, Kristofer brings a wealth of experience to the team.
Raising local awareness
DUCARE 2008 devised a full workbook and lesson plan, which was initiated in 16 schools across the Visayas as part of an Information Education Campaign (IEC).
Existing links with local communities authorities and organisations were strengthened by courtesy calls to barangay officials, mayors and key figures such as governor Gwen Garcia and Mayor S.Hagedorn.
Meet the team
As the project requires scientific, educational and anthropological perspectives, the team collectively holds a large variety of skills…