Whilst still being a grassroots organisation we are rapidly expanding our research programs to include aquarium research alongside field research and we need volunteers and interns with experience in Marine biology, Marine ecology and Marine conservation to help us keep up the momentum we have built over the past 6 years.
Our university internship programs are a chance to put into practice what you have learnt already while getting valuable research experience in the field and your work with us actually gets used to help highlight the habitats and marine species in need of protection.
Our current university interns have been integrating into Khmer culture and really putting their knowledge into practice working together closely with our partner organizations and The Royal Government of Cambodia.
Even if you do not have research expertise in these areas, but you have self motivation and a passion to volunteer and make a difference then you can get involved in many aspects of the volunteer work we are undertaking here in Cambodia.
For those with little or no experience we provide basic training in areas of Marine and terrestrial research, so that you can still contribute to the goals of the project.
As the longest running and most experienced marine research program in Cambodia MCC has proven itself many times to be Cambodia's leading Marine Conservation and Research Organisation, you can make a difference across all of Cambodia's coastal provinces. Our field research covers over 20 of Cambodia's Islands and three provinces so your not limited in your choices and you can experience the real Cambodia. Our captive breeding and aquarium research together with our field research is essential to the conservation of Cambodia's marine habitats. We don't just talk about it, we do it !! and your contribution makes an immediate impact.
Please email us if you are looking to be involved in a project that really makes a difference.
Please when choosing your volunteer or internship placement, remember NGO's already receive grants and funding from donors for their activities. Our project is only made possible by you.
Kep Oceanarium is Cambodia's first dedicated marine aquarium, Marine Conservation Cambodia saw the desperate need for education on marine conservation and after the last 6 years we saw the only way to really achieve this was to build a place where people could come to see what's under the ocean in Cambodia, with displays only covering Cambodian marine life, and eduction on what people can do to help keep Cambodia's ocean beautiful and protected, Kep Oceanarium is the perfect place to be amazed and learn about the ocean.
With full lab facilities and a large behind the scenes research and breeding center, it is a perfect way for volunteers and interns to get some hands on training and be able to fulfill all their needs when joining our team.
Marine Conservation Cambodia not only provides full in field training in marine research and conservation but now we can take you behind the scenes of a small aquarium, and breeding center.
By putting together our survey training, in field marine research and our new aquarium lab facilities we offer the best experience to all our volunteers and interns whilst providing key research to assist the Cambodian Fisheries Administration in its efforts to conserve and protect our ocean. MCC is the only marine conservation organisation in Cambodia to be able to offer you not only our vast experience in the field but also the ability to get involved in a fully operational aquarium.
MCC pioneering and leading marine conservation in Cambodia.
Opening December 2013.
MCC is proud to be Cambodia's leading Marine Conservation organisation, and in being the longest running marine conservation program in Cambodia MCC has developed both regional, national and international partnerships. After 6 years of operations our reputation, commitment and achievements in the field of marine conservation and scientific research have allowed us to begin an amazing new addition to MCC's operations, Cambodia's first Seahorse breeding program.
With the destruction of their habitat Seahorse numbers throughout Cambodia have declined considerably over the past few years, the decline in diversity of species and health of the populations has been shown through our research to be directly linked to habitat destruction and degradation, our new captive breeding program is designed to conserve and protect the variety of species now found in Cambodia and allow reintroduction to the newly created protected areas once habitat recovery has begun. It will still be some time before this is possible but the seahorse breeding program will be an essential tool in the recovery of Cambodia's Seahorse populations. Together with the UK Seahorse Trust and Save our Seahorses Ireland we have put together an experienced and highly motivated team that has seen amazing results in its first 6 months of operation.
So far we have had the pleasure of watching our breeding pairs complete their mating rituals, something we have never experienced first hand before, and then to actually watch the male's pregnancy to the point of birth has been an amazing experience for all our team. The ability to study all of Cambodia's different species of Seahorse in captivity is helping our marine biologists in all aspects of their research and this in turn will help to protect and conserve these amazing creatures for future generations.
Marine Conservation Cambodia would like to give a big thank you for the time and inspiration of two of the worlds foremost Seahorse Experts.
During the month of June we were lucky enough to be visited by both Neil Garrick-Maidment, Executive Director of the UK Seahorse Trust and Kealan Doyle from Save Our Seahorse Ireland and Seahorse Aquatics, Neil and Kealan immediately recognized Cambodia as being unique with regards to its local populations of Seahorse, they were so impressed by what they saw here in Cambodia and the work that MCC has undertaken over the past 4 years that they will be setting up a lasting collaboration with Marine Conservation Cambodia with regards to Seahorse research.
So far we have discovered at least 7 species in Cambodia and with 2 still unidentified it puts Cambodia on the Map by having one of the most diverse Seahorse populations in the world.
We look forward to this continuing collaboration and the beginning of Cambodia's journey to become a world leader in Seahorse research.