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Punta Gruesa

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Overview
•Aims and objectives
•Dive sites
•Fish data - introduction
• Previous results
• Benthic data - introduction
• Previous results
• Summary of SMP Monitoring
• Incidental sightings data
• Your contribution this phase
•Where has the date gone?
•Summary of training received
•Future opportunities at GVI - keep in touch!
Aims and Objectives

• Continuation of the MBRS Synoptic Monitoring Programme (SMP).

• Daily bird monitoring

• Incidental sightings programme

• Continuation of weekly beach cleans monitoring waste composition and


trends

• English language and environmental education classes to the people of


Mahahual

• Continuation of the National Scholarship Programme at Punta Gruesa,


whereby GVI Punta Gruesa accepts Mexican nationals on a scholarship basis
into the expedition
Site Changes
Benthic composition at:
Types of predation
Coral Diseases

Disease

Bleaching
Adult fish - Presence of key fish
families
Adult Fish – Sightings per transect
Juvenile recruitment

This phase has


seen a large
increase in the
number of
juveniles
Correlations
Correlations

Relative
abundance
Acanthuridae
and Turf Algae
Other programmes

Beach clean
Incidental sightings
Turtles
Birds
Waste monitoring programme
Incidental sightings data

• Sharks and Rays

• Eels

• Turtles

• Marine Mammals

• Great Barracuda

• Lionfish
Category total and grand total of incidental sightings from 091 – 102
Bird surveys

Birds project

• Counts give an idea of presence


and how common a species is
Your contribution this phase
Thanks to all your hard work, this phase we have:
•32 monitoring boats
•148 training boats
•35 benthic transects - equivalent to 1 km
• 632coral colonies monitored
•Started Seagrass monitoring for the FIRST time at Punta Gruesa
•60 fish transects - equivalent to 1.8km
•804 tanks used
•Over 800 fish identified and monitored
•Approx 1,400 Turtle eggs laid.
•12 lion fish caught and killed
•1 leather back turtle spotted.
•1500kg of fruit and veg
•100kg of porridge
•Dave threw up 16 times in one day.
Where has the data gone?
•MBRS data provider - largest data provider. Use
for regional management decisions.

•ASK - Phase and Annual reports and part of the


largest Mexican coral reef database

•CONANP - annual reports. Use to modify local


and regional management strategies

•OBIS SEAMAP- marine mammal, sea bird, sea


turtle data

• Earth Dive- individual dives, target species

• Coral Watch- coral bleaching

•Status of the Coral Reefs - bi-annual


international publication

•Healthy Reefs - annual assessment


Where has the data gone?
Slide
Papers, publications and conferences
• ITMENS - The effects of bleaching in Mexico following the active 2005 hurricane
season - Ponce-Taylor, D and Cameron, A.
• RCUK -several posters and presentations
• Mexican Coral Reef Symposium - several 2006 and 2009
• Mesoamerican Eco-tourism Conference: “GVI Mexico :una nueva formula de
turismo alternativo” Ponce-Taylor, D. Arochi, C and Cameron, A, 2006
• Franquesa-Rinos, Albert. 2007. USING VOLUNTEERS IN A COMPARATIVE REEF
MONITORING BETWEEN A PROTECTED AREA AND A TOURIST ZONE. 60th Gulf and
Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
• Caribbean Corals in Crisis: Record Thermal Stress, Bleaching, and Mortality in
2005 - collaborative efforst - in review by Nature
• Melanie McField, Nadia Bood, Ana Fonseca, Alejandro Arrivillaga, Albert
Franquesa Rinos and Rosa Maria Loreto Viruel. Status of the Mesoamerica n Reef
after the 2005 Coral Bleaching Event in Wilkinson, C., Souter, D. (eds), 2008
Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs After Bleaching and Hurricanes in 2005 Global
Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and Reef and Rainforest Research Centre,
Townsville, 152 p.
• Juan Bezauri - Desarrollo integral de las actividades turiticas en la Reserva de la
Biosfera Sian Ka’an, Quintana Roo, Mexico (book)
Summary of training received
During your time here, and with all your work, you have gained the
following training and skills

•PADI Advanced Open Water


•PADI Rescue Diver
•1st aid and CPR Trained
•Intro to Coral Reef Ecology
•Identification of over 70 fish species
•Identification of over 45 coral species
•Use of the SMP MBRS coral reef monitoring method
•Coral Watch methodology for coral health evaluation
•Intro to English teaching and community programmes
•BTEC in Biological Monitoring
•PADI Coral Reef Research Distinctive Specialty
Share your images

GVI Photo and Video competitions


Share your photos

• Help promote your


programme
• Monthly competition
• See your photo on the
website and newsletter
• May win a free t-shirt
• May win free 2 week
volunteering trip
• Email
photos@gviworld.com
Share your videos
• Help promote your
Are YOU the difference? programme
• Promote volunteering in
general
• See your video on the
website
• May win a free t-shirt
• May win free year with GVI
• Contact
neil@gviworld.com or
info@gviworld.com
Share your feedback

You will be sent an online feedback form – please take


the time to fill it in:
• GVI operations are feedback led
• We aim to provide the best programs and need to
know how we are doing and how we can do better
• You can share your opinions if delighted or unhappy
and offer solutions to any issues you encountered
• Opportunity to say thank you to staff in field and HO
• Highlights exciting stories for website
• You may win a 2 week volunteering program!
Share your time
Become a GVI Ambassador
•  Represent  GVI
•  Help  promote  your  programme
•  Share  YOUR  travel/volunteer  experience  back  home
•  Introduce  GVI  to  local  educaAonal  insAtuAons
•  Offered  to  hard  working  volunteers  to  help  them  stay  in
touch  with  GVI
•  Work  with  GVI  staff  back  home
•  Cash  incenAve  and  opportunity  for  free  trip
•  E-­‐mail  the  Ambassador  Program  Manager  at
stephanie.roberts@gviworld.com  or  info@gviworld.com
Share your time
Become a GVI Ambassador

Case Study: GVI


Ambassador Michael
When he started: August 2009

Projects completed: Attended a


travel expo in New York City,
visited local schools sharing his
experience, posted blogs online to
assist future travelers and share
his experience

Where he is headed: Ambassador


Annual Trip next year!
Share your time
Raise money via the GVI Charitable Trust
•  Spread  the  word  and  represent  GVI
•  Support  your  project  and  raise  funds  for  GVI’s  partners
•  Plan  an  event
•  Run  a  marathon
•  Set  up  a  standing  order
•  Over  100,000  GBP  of  direct  funding  raised  each  year
•  Punta  Gruesa  Projects  include;    raising  funds  for  water
filters  for  the  people  of  Mahahual  to  reduce  plasAc  and
save  money  .
•To  raise  funds  to  eradicate  lionfish  and  raise  awareness
to  reduce  their  impact.
•  see  www.gvi.org.uk  or  contact  info@gvi.org.uk
Gain new skills
Become a GVI HO Intern

•Level 3 BTEC Business Administration


•Experience dealing with volunteers and volunteer
industry
•Learn about the rest of the nearly 200 projects GVI has
•Work in a fun and exciting office environment
•Career opportunities

•Commitment:
•3 days a week for 6 months or equivalent.
•Expedition incentives (free expo). Available at UK, Oz
and US
Stay connected!

•Facebook fan page

•Twitter (@GVIWORLD)

•Programme blog www.gvimexico.blogspot.com


Summary
•Aims and objectives
•Dive sites
•Fish data - introduction
• Previous results
• Benthic data - introduction
• Previous results
• Summary of SMP Monitoring
• Incidental sightings data
• Your contribution this phase
•Where has the date gone?
•Summary of training received
•Future opportunities at GVI - keep in touch!
THANKS FOR COMING AND FOR
ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK!

Thanks for your hard work!