1st May 2002

 

 HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME!

 

A Tourism student from the University of Lincoln is splashing out for a trip to the exotic climes of central Indonesia.

 

Hoga Island, in the Wakatobi marine national park, will be the destination for Amy Burden as she heads off to volunteer her services to the Operation Wallacea scientific expedition.

 

Operation Wallacea, based in Woodhall Spa, has been running wildlife research and community development projects, both land and sea-based, in southeast Sulawesi for the last six years. 

 

Amy (21), of Station Road, Surfleet is hoping to participate in one of the eight marine science project areas currently running.

 

“At present the locals use cyanide bombs for fishing which destroys the coral reef,” said Amy, “so the first two weeks will be spent learning how to scuba dive, after which I will learn about the coral reef, how to protect it and fishing alternatives for the locals to use. 

 

“During the second month I will be studying dolphin and whale behaviour, tagging them and monitoring their numbers.”  

 

The eight-week trip, which commences on 29th May, has been funded by donations and fundraising events, including a 48-hour sponsored silence and famine which raised £500.

 

“I am really grateful to everyone who has given donations,” said Amy.  “It will be a fantastic experience and an ideal opportunity for me to gain the diving certificates which I require for my intended career.”

 

The majority of project work is carried out by university students working under the guidance of various experts.   Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Operation Wallacea.  For further information visit the Operation Wallacea website at www.opwall.co.uk.

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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