WHAT IS LOVE THE OCEANS?

Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique since 2014. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans hopes to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. They use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species. 

They have developed a cutting edge, ethical volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to get hands on conservation experience, working alongside our marine biologists doing research, community work and diving in Mozambique.

Love Oceans Impact:

Love The Oceans believes in working towards a clear, achievable and focussed goal, and producing clear, measurable results. To date Love The Oceans has:

  • Hosted +130 volunteers over 4 volunteer seasons.

  • Collected 5 years of continuous data on small-scale, artisanal fisheries across three fisheries sites, Guinjata, Paindane and Coconut Bay, and conducted initial assessments of the sustainability of various types of fishing methods.

  • Collected 4 years of biodiversity assessments on local coral reefs using Reef Life Survey methodology, and conducted initial assessments of biodiversity and coral reef health.

  • Collected 3 years of humpback whale surveys, including sightings frequencies, surface behaviour and vocalisations.

  • Collected 2 years of oceans trash research, removing over 500 kg of marine debris from our local beaches.

  • Collected 1 year of turtle research, conducting turtle nesting patrols during nesting season.

  • Taught over 750 children at primary school level about Marine Resource Management during 4 seasons of volunteer programs.

  • Built 7 classrooms at Guinjata and Paindane School over 4 years of Community Outreach, bringing the schools up to 7 and 8 solid classrooms respectively – enabling the achievement of secondary school status for both schools by 2021.

  • Taught over 600 children to swim over 3 seasons of volunteer programs. In 2018 LTO ran the first season of intensive swimming lessons teaching over 200 children to swim over the course of two weeks.

  • Secured our Community Outreach Manager an internationally recognised STA Award in Teaching Swimming to enable swimming lessons to continue outside of Love The Oceans’ volunteer season.

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