Updated: Mar 15, 2020
During December 2013 the Ocean Nourishment Foundation supported a project involving students from several Australian Universities in an International Student Volunteer (ISV) Project in San Juanillo, Costa Rica.
This was the first stage of a sustainable fisheries project with the ISV that was completed from December 3rd to 16th 2013. The ISV team consisted of 9 Australian student volunteers along with the ISV project leaders Esteban Rojas and Wagner Quiros, working with scientist Edwina Tanner and research assistant Ryan Liddell from the University of Sydney plus local scientist Fernando Campos from University National Costa Rica.
The aim of the group's investigations was to determine the current status of the fisheries and coral reefs in the region whilst implementing the first phases of a two year research and development project designed to improve conditions in the small fishing community. The project assessed the current state of the local fishery, established a coral nursery, trialled a design of a Fish Attracting Device, and began investigations into how the fishing can be sustainably improved for the fisher people of the village.
A short overview of the project activities is available through the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science.