Marine life needs your protection. Help young scientists conduct valuable research to protect the ocean that is so heavily depended on.
What is FXCambodia 2016?
FXCambodia2016 is an expedition seeking to conduct marine conservation research, looking at the impacts of illegal trawling on seagrass habitats. We are the fourth annual FXpedition to Cambodia, following in the footsteps of other successful teams: Expedition Samloem 2013, Project Kep 2014 & FXCambodia 2015.
The seagrass habitat supports populations of Blue Swimmer Crabs which have significant economic value to local fishing communities. This ocean and economy is under threat as the crab’s habitat, seagrass, is damaged by trawling.
Who are we?
This expedition entails the collaboration of students from Falmouth University & the University of Exeter with students at the Royal University of Agricultural (Cambodia) under the guidance and support of NGO Marine Conservation Cambodia.
Expedition Leader: Henry Wingfield
Scientific and Expedition Coordinator: Katya Zaki
Scientific Director and Health and Safety Officer: Toby Purvis
Director of Media: Oliver Graves
Finance Officer: Ellie Wyatt
Fundraising Officer: Bryony Freestone
How are we going to make a difference?
The team will perform habitat surveys comparing areas regularly trawled and areas trawled less frequently. This research will contribute towards marine conservation, supporting sustainable fishing techniques used within the local communities. Our findings will be presented for two key audiences;
1. A scientific report
2. A documentary style video produced in both English and Khmer aimed at promoting public awareness of unsustainable fishing.
We need your help!
So far this year we have been lucky enough to receive financial backing from FXpedtions and the Royal Geographic Association but we need your help to ensure the success of this project.
Video Credits: Photography by Marine Conservation Cambodia and Royalty free footage. Music: AJ+ Death of Great Barrier Reef Edited by Katya Zaki No copyright infringment.