Researching the blues – a marine science youth scholarship

We are excited to announce that the Blue Whale Study has received funding to mentor and train four lucky students from south west Victoria during the February to May 2014 field season.

Funded by Pacific Hydro Sustainable Communities Fund and the Helen & Geoff Handbury Fellowship, the scholarship will provide an opportunity for selected students to be trained in the basics of seamanship, the marine working environment and scientific research methods including observation, photo-ID and database management.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in small boat surveys, as a part of the Blue Whale Study’s continuing at sea monitoring and research program, and they will receive funding to enable them to initiate broader engagement in their school or town as an extension of their scholarship experience.