Marine Resource Studies (Study Abroad)

Location(s): 
Turks and Caicos
Training Provider(s): 
School for Field Studies

Snorkeling and scuba diving in the waters surrounding South Caicos, students learn field research and monitoring techniques to identify and assess the health of a wide range of marine organisms and habitats. Students learn to identify and observe the behavior of marine species, assess coastal and marine habitats, quantify fisheries resources, and analyze implications of fishery policies. With the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park and East Harbour Lobster and Conch Reserve at their doorstep, students evaluate the concept and practice of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In the community, students consider the challenges of assessing the rights and needs of local stakeholders and reconciling those with conservation goals—real-life dilemmas faced by governmental regulators and the residents of South Caicos.

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