Join an Expedition to the Cook Islands!

Written by on August 6, 2014 in Other News

A letter from the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative:


I am the Programme Manager for a non-for-profit environmental organization in the Pacific called Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative (PICI). We have a great volunteer marine expedition project, with our next expedition coming up starting this following September 29th for a duration of three weeks. The expedition takes place on the beautiful island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, South Pacific.

During this expedition, volunteers from around the world will come together to share their snorkeling and diving skills, as well as their passion and motivated attitude towards helping the environment, by conducting a series of coral reef underwater surveys within the beautiful lagoon of Aitutaki, and by doing so collecting a significant amount of data which is presented to the Island Council in a report to help them monitor and manage their lagoon.

Each site surveyed includes surveys on benthic cover, focused on corals and algae, invertebrate transects and fish count transects, with 3 duplicates at each site. Participants do not need to be divers, as there are opportunities for snorkelers to survey the shallow sites, however being a certified diver is an advantage.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join this expedition, or one of our future expeditions, and give back to our community by signing up for this wonderful expedition! If you would like more information, or know someone who might be fit for the project you can visit the website at or email me at for more information.


Carolina Ricchi
Programme Manager, PICI | +682 53550

Reef outside of Aititaki, Cook Islands. Photo: <a href="">CC   BY-SA 3.0</a>.

Reef outside of Aititaki, Cook Islands. Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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