Since March, a research team from the Large Marine Vertebrates Project has been monitoring the effects of tourism and provisioning in Oslob, Cebu, where a tourist industry has sprung up surrounding the feeding of whale sharks.
I joined the team as Principal Investigator in May, and have spent the last few weeks out of the water, away from the sharks, cursing at Word’s formatting, to punch out this report.
It has been given to the local government, and respective regional agencies, and because we believe that conservation is most sustainable coming from information and education, the report has been made public.
Not many people write about the process of science in conservation, or the hardships that go into producing reports/ scientific papers etc. It’s just accepted that you have to put in the work. I think it’s nice to share, not to get praise, or attention, or “well done it’s worth the hard work”, but so those who are breaking into the industry know what it’s really like. I hope to see more transparency about the work that goes into things like this, and how people overcome the adversities they encounter.
There are lessons you have to learn yourself, that no one can teach you, but it’s nice to know which classes to take!