Community & Conservation rangers

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Community & Conservation rangers, the title given by Oceans Without Borders to their 3-island teams of marine rangers, directly references their many responsibilities. These men and women, all drawn from local island and coastal communities in Zanzibar (Mnemba Island) and Mozambique (Benguerra and Vamizi Islands), play key roles as both conservation ambassadors and educators within their communities, and provide essential support for OWB’s diverse set of land-and-sea conservation and research projects. Image includes OWB Mnemba Island Project Manager, Nancy Iraba, a promising young marine scientist, with the three-man C & C team. Read more here.


The Oceans Without Borders team are thrilled to invite you to become Community and Conservation ranger

The Oceans Without Borders team are thrilled to invite you to become Community and Conservation ranger for 12 days from 1st – 12th December 2022. The community and conservation ranger team are the backbone of the OWB programme and enable all of the critical marine conservation and education work on the ground, as well as supporting the core tasks of marketing and fundraising, which are essential elements of any marine conservation initiative. Shadowing the teams will give a complete insight into the work and impact of the OWB programme, and they hope to learn from the volunteers too, who no doubt have skills and expertise that can support awareness raising of their programmes! The two week volunteer package spans both Mnemba Island, Zanzibar and Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique (5 nights on each) staying in andBeyond accommodation. The opportunity is available for 4 people on a twin room basis (2 people sharing / 2 rooms available) and must be snapped up now! Rooms are being held for this opportunity for 2 weeks only – and availability is first come first serve. For more information please get in touch.

Great news for Zanzibar

Great news for Zanzibar. Thanks to everyone that voted, Oceans Without Borders’ Mnemba Island reef restoration project received the highest number of votes and was awarded EUR 30 000 of EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association) funding. This programme aims to expand the initial coral reef nursery, work with coastal communities to protect and restore the Mnemba Island reef, and construct an additional community-owned artificial reef site. The project will have far-reaching benefits across research, conservation education, and the Blue Economy of Zanzibar. Learn more here.

The coral reef restoration project has been shortlisted amongst 5 projects by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) to receive 30,000 EUROS in grant funding

UKSA women undertaking their Superyacht Cadetship

Last year Oceans Without Borders initiated a Coral Reef Restoration project, in response to the immense degradation observed on the Mnemba House Reef – one of Zanzibars’ most precious – and visited – coral reef systems. The CORAL FOR THE CLIMATE! CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEM EXPANSION, ZANZIBAR project has been shortlisted by the European Outdoor Conservation Association to receive 30,000 EUROS in grant funding. Funding will enable more new coral to be grown within their established coral reef nursery. The establishment of a community-owned artificial reef site to reduce pressure on the current reef system and increase biodiversity in the northern Zanzibar region, as well as coral focused educational resources to be developed and workshops to be held with local fishers, boatmen and community children. Please VOTE HERE (closing 4th May).

Coral reef restoration

UKSA women undertaking their Superyacht Cadetship

Coral reef restoration promises a lifeline for these critically important ecosystems that host more than 25% of all Marine life. A decline in live coral cover also poses a significant threat to local livelihoods, food security, commercial and subsistence fisheries, tourism, and other industries within the Blue Economy. But there’s a new project happening on Mnemba Island, Zanzibar. Join our OWB Community team, as they tend their underwater coral nursery that is a beacon of hope. Watch now…

Turtle nesting on Mnemba Island

Bottled water impact on public health

They’re back! Turtle nesting activity has begun on Mnemba Island – one of only two protected nesting sites in Zanzibar for the endangered green sea turtle, and a major focus for Oceans Without Borders. Turtle monitors on the island meticulously record specific data. Each adult turtle that comes ashore to lay her eggs is carefully tagged so movements and the number of eggs laid is recorded. Adding to a remarkable 20 years of unbroken data collection. Read more here.

Marine predator tagging project in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago

Marine predator tagging

Click here to listen to Dr Ryan Daly and Dr JD Filmalter speak about the marine predator tagging project running in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago. What species are targeted? How are they tagged and monitored? What information is gathered? Sharing experiences from their recent giant trevally tagging expedition in collaboration with Oceans Without Borders’ Dr Tessa Hempson, Ryan and JD provide a fascinating window on this ocean world.

Restoring Mnemba Island’s Coral Reefs

Restoring Mnemba Island’s coral reefs: the OWB Mnemba team of Community & Conservation Rangers, headed by Project Officer Nancy Iraba are establishing coral nurseries with the aim of restoring and protecting this critically important marine ecosystem. The team is working in close collaboration with @marinecultures, @andbeyondmnemba, local communities and other stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of this initiative and the rich coral reefs of Zanzibar. Learn more.

Tagging giant trevally

Marine science is seldom boring and often has important conservation implications. In this image, the OWB team has just tagged and released another giant trevally (GT) as part of their ongoing collaborative GT tagging project in Mozambique. As apex predators, GT’s play a crucial role in maintaining healthy and balance marine ecosystems. The information gathered on the movements and habitat needs of the species will be fundamental not only to their protection, but also the protection of many other species that share their marine habitats. Learn more.

OWB The Wildlife Ranger Challenge

On 18th September, the Wildlife Ranger Challenge is happening. This is when the Oceans Without Borders Marine Ranger team will unite with 186 other teams across Africa to compete in a 21 km running race to raise funds to support Africa’s rangers working at the frontline to protect thousands of conservation landscapes and seascapes. You can participate virtually by running or walking, or alternatively make a donation which will be doubled by the Scheinberg Relief Fund.