To protect sharks in last summer


In last summer vacation, our G10 student Kevin Fang participated in an international volunteer project to protect sharks. In the course of work, Kevin experienced different types of shark conservation work with other volunteers from all over the world. For example, shark marking, mangrovere forestation, environmental cleanliness, community education, etc. He worked six hours a day for two consecutive weeks and he learned a lot.


Shark Conservation Area

The specific work that Kevin did

1.Data survey of sharks and other fish

Kevin assisted environmental protection workers in the investigation and data collection of sharks and their ecological environment. The research methods include baited remote underwater video (BRUV) shooting, marking juvenile sharks, feeding sharks, diving records of shark habitat species data, shark identification and more.



2. Mangrove regeneration plan

Mangroves are one of the most important coastal ecosystems. They are habitats for many fish and can effectively absorb carbon emissions. Kevin participated in mangrove planting as part of Mangrove Action Project (MAP). He traveled with volunteers from other countries to collect plants and transplant mangroves. As time goes on, the mangroves planted by them will become an important part of the coastal ecosystem.


Mangrove Planting

3. Marine and Coastal Waste Cleaning and Recycling

When litter and other waste flows into the ocean and is eaten by marine organisms, it will directly threaten the life and health of fish, turtles and other marine organisms.So every week, volunteers cleaned up litter and other debris from the seashore and ocean to maintain the environment around the coast. This work is part of Ocean Conservancy Beach Debris Survey (OCBDS) which was launched by UNESCO.



4. Community Education

The development of shark protection work is not possible without the cooperation and support of local communities. Volunteers carry out environmental education and community support. They raised fishermen's awareness of shark protection and they also provided care and environmental education support to local communities.


Local Community

Some parts of Kevin's speech

Good afternoon dear parents and faculty, I'm Kevin from 10B. I came to NAIS for one year, NAIS has a great variety of courses and extracurricular activities, I gained a lot in the last year. During my last summer vacation, I had an amazing opportunity to be a volunteer to protect sharks.


Shark is on the top of the food chain, usually they will hunt for the older, weaker or heavily ill prey. So sharks directly maintain the balance of the entire ecosystem and the food chain of all levels. However, today shark fin consumption has greatly reduced shark numbers, down 80% in 50 years.


We went our Shark dive on the 9th day. I was a little bit nervous and scared before I get down. We used a rope to climb down into the sea, and our diving is 30m this time. For our safety, we followed the coach and stayed behind the reef to watch the Sharks. Later we helped the scientist to tag the sharks.


All in all, this was a beautiful and fulfilling way to spend my summer. I made so many new friends, and learned so much not only about the environment, but also about world culture as a whole.


Kevin's reward


1. In the process of environmental protection research, under the leadership of professionals, Kevin learned the knowledge of marine life and shark protection.

2. Improves cuba diving skills and get diving certification.

3. The work of volunteers will improve the marine environment and shark survival rate. 

4. 95% of the volunteers came from Europe and the United States. They lived and worked together, shared experiences and learned skills, quickly understood the cultures and customs of many countries in the world, broadened their horizons, increased their knowledge and harvested valuable international friendship.

5. Participation in volunteer projects is very helpful for the promotion of the background of studying abroad.

Sharks play a key role in the ocean. We appreciate Kevin and other volunteers' contribution to protecting sharks. 

Let's save our sharks, our oceans and our planet together!