Underwater Africa has achieved an incredible success in protecting reefs and mangroves, aka marine forests. These areas enthuse the surrounding fisheries with life and so support the local communities. By working with these communities, you will feel fulfilled as you truly help Mozambicans. Help us to examine how these incredible ecosystems respond to our protection.
Coral reefs are the most diverse underwater ecosystems, with one quarter of all ocean species depending on reefs for food and shelter. As a result, understanding coral reef ecology and protecting such ecosystems is of great importance for healthy seas.
To facilitate this, Underwater Africa has been involved in setting up no take zones on reefs of the Inhambane province (Tofo and the Estuary). Volunteers get involved in monitoring the health of these reefs by conducting marine surveys and looking out for certain keystone species such as the Crown-of-thorns starfish (COTs). These starfish are corallivores (prey on coral polyps) and high numbers can cause significant damage to reefs. As a protocol, if more than 1 starfish is spotted over a 20 minute swim, an outbreak may be occurring and volunteers will be involved in reducing the impact they have on our reefs.