Marine conservation, also known as marine resources conservation, ensures the protection, survival and preservation of ecosystems in the oceans and seas.
What do they do?
As a marine conservationist, you will be involved in activities such as diving and conducting research which could even entail conductingscientific experiments for the conservation of marine life, observing and analysing data, then turning it into a functional, operable report. One cannot be a great academician unless one goes out in the field and thoroughly understands the dynamics of nature at grass-roots level.
Marine conservationists have to have knowledge of marine sciences and also factor in the needs and preferences of stakeholders whose survival depends on the seas and oceans. Awareness of economics, marine laws and policies help conservationists work out ways in which they can protect and conserve marine species and ecosystems. The scope of work may vary, depending on the position and need, but typically would involve environmental conservation, plant and animal research and water management.
- Sound knowledge and qualification of marine science
- Excellent research skills, ability to analyse data
- Should know diving to observe species
- Crusader’s zeal to work for protection of vulnerable species
How do I get there?
Take up botany, zoology and chemistry at the school level. Graduate and postgraduate courses in marine biology/ecology are recommended for higher studies. Knowledge of environmental and marine laws, economics and policies help conservationists influence governments to bring in changes to ensure the survival of marine life and secure the interests of the stakeholders.