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Volunteer Oppurtunity

The Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) is looking for volunteers to help it with its ongoing work over the summer.

Volunteers will be expected to assist the SSTP in many areas of its day to day business as well as helping with long term research projects. Volunteers will be trained in how to tag and record data on elasmobranchs (Sharks, skates and rays) and spend time at sea on local charter boats assisting the skippers in the tagging of landed animals before ensuring their successful release. The two main species you can expect to be working with are the Common skate (D. batis) and the Spurdog (S. acanthias) but other species are also caught. This research is part of a long term research project to provide more insight into the behaviour and life history of Scottish elasmobranchs.

As well as field work (expected to be at least 2 days a week although this is subject to charter availability), volunteers will help with a wide variety of projects involving internet research, developing education material, data sorting and analysis, education days at sea life centres among some.

This is a great opportunity for students to gain first hand experience in working with a small conservation and research group, it will provide valuable experience for anyone interested in working with elasmobranchs in the future.

Due to the nature of the training, long term volunteers are preferred and unfortunately the SSTP cannot provide any accommodation (Oban has many youth hostels that provide a very lively environment) or living allowance, however, volunteer places are free….this is a similar position that many people pay a lot of money for when travelling abroad and we can provide a similar experience right here in Scotland (except maybe the sun!).

If you are interested or would like more information, please email James at sharkman@ssacn.org or call on 07827367353

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