• Open
  • Closing date: 08 September 2019

MISSION TO METRICS

The Ocean Cleanup is leading an international project to estimate: (i) rates of annual abandonment, loss, and discarding of fishing gear (ALDFG) from main gear types used globally; and (ii) produce annual raised global levels of ALDFG from each included gear type. As the International Research Volunteer, you can contribute to the successful completion of this project by conducting and documenting on-site interviews.

THE ASSIGNMENT

The Ocean Cleanup is leading an international project to estimate: (i) rates of annual abandonment, loss, and discarding of fishing gear (ALDFG) from main gear types used globally; and (ii) produce annual raised global levels of ALDFG from each included gear type.

We are seeking volunteers to conduct in-person interviews in seaports selected to target the highest priority gear types and fishing nations. Survey forms translated in several languages for each gear types included in the study scope will be distributed to participants. Information will be collected on the weight, number and/or dimensions of each individual gear component that is lost, abandoned, or discarded per unit of effort and/or per unit of catch. Following initial training, participants will be tasked to conduct on-site surveys. Surveys will be conducted between May and August 2019. 

Update: a lot of volunteers have already started, but we are still looking for volunteers in:

  • Myanmar
  • Peru
  • Taiwan
  • The Philippines
  • Turkey

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION

  • Experience with conducting surveys preferred, but not necessary
  • Experience in the seafood industry preferred, but not necessary

PERSONAL QUALIFICATION

  • Minimum age requirement is 18 years old
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Independent work ethic and must able to travel to selected locations
  • Native speaker of a language other than English (strong interest for Asian languages particularly)
  • Living nearby a seaport is ideal
  • Fluent in English
  • Scientific integrity
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal¬†