If ocean conservation is something you feel strongly about, why not try an eco-vacation? The popularity of eco-tourism is surging, largely in part due to the hands-on role people get to play in preserving the beautiful place they’re visiting. Divers have a heightened sense of awareness of what’s really going on in our oceans, because we have the advantage of seeing it with our own eyes. Taking a vacation to a place where you personally can be a part of the solution certainly sounds like the experience of a lifetime.
Look into the Marine Ecology Research Center (MERC), located within the Gayana Eco Resort on the Malaysian island of Gaya. The waters surrounding Malaysia are home to 7 of 8 of the world’s species of giant clams, all of which are highly endangered primarily from human activity. MERC has been working tirelessly since 2007 to educate the public about them and encourage active participation in their conservation. MERC has won several awards for its progress, including being the first center in Malaysia to successfully reproduce all seven species of giant clams found in Malaysian waters. Visitors to the resort can choose from several packages that will allow them to have an active role in their ongoing work.
These videos will explain MERC’s mission, and also give you a close look at what participation opportunities are available to you. Why wait? Get yourself involved!
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