We think it is very important to make clear that we are NOT a voluntourism organisation, we do not offer thinly disguised diving holidays as conservation programs, our work has been ongoing for the past 7 years and is now breaking new ground in Kep province. We focus on both the Conservation (protection) and the research of Cambodia's Ocean and currently focus our full resources on Kep's Ocean in preparation and in assistance to the Local government in the creation of Kep's new Marine Protected areas.
Why pay 1000's of $$$ to large profit based voluntourism companies?
We keep our fee's to a minimum as we do NOT take two thirds of your cash for profits like some large organisations, for less than a quarter of the cost of any large volunteer agency, you can join our program and really contribute your skills while being taught new ones, Our internship programs have been providing the perfect setting and facilities for higher education students to fulfil their university requirements for many years. Our short staying volunteers get to join a fully operation program getting them involved quickly and utilising their existing skills while offering a chance to see a working conservation and research program and pick up some new skills.
Currently there is so much activity happening at MCC,
Our trial aquaculture program is now underway, with a low cost blue swimmer crab culture system on trial, this could provide an alternative income to local fishers whilst creation a full cycle between, capture fisheries, crab banks and crab aquaculture.
All our long staying interns are working hard getting the last few months of surveys written up into a series of reports on 3 target islands in Kep Province, with this being finalised by an executive summery containing recommendations on zoning, marine protected areas, waste-management, aquaculture possibilities and capture fisheries management.
The first stages of community development work are now underway, with regular visits to Koh Pou Island to visit the fishing families that live there, looking at alternative livelihoods, waste management. Some very interesting information and ideas have come from the initial surveys/interviews, which is also being written up and used in the planning of our community development work plan.
We must not forget the Seahorses, our small protected area is attracting some new visitors and we have seen at least three different species over the past few weeks and it seems our area is attracting some very large pregnant male seahorses, this ongoing research will begin showing trends and hopefully help us to adapt our zoning and management plans to help protect them through out Kep.
Always ongoing is the cataloging of Marine Species around our three main target islands, with an increase in both diversity and abundance, it looks like our efforts are bringing change and that the future looks bright.