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Student group infront of marine expedition dive centre in Natewa Bay, Fiji

Operation Wallacea Expedition

Marine educational expeditions for school and university students


Working with international biodiversity and conservation research organisation Operation Wallacea (Opwall), Ocean Ventures established a marine expedition in Natewa Bay in 2017.


Program stats (2017-2019)

  • 500+ students aged 15-18

  • 35 high schools

  • 9 countries

Expedition students on a diving course in Natewa Bay, Savusavu, Fiji

Expedition program


  • Reef ecology lectures

  • In-water practicals (identification of fish, invertebrates and corals)

  • PADI dive training

Students learning about reef surveying techniques whilst snorkeling in Natewa Bay, Savusavu, Fiji

Reef survey techniques


Since 2019 students also participated in training in basic reef surveying techniques


  • Stereovideo fish surveys

  • Benthic (reef bottom) surveys

  • 3D mapping

  • Allen Coral Atlas survey methods

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