So you want to be a conservationist? The realities to consider before diving in

Outreach is an important part of conservation! Talking to people and advocating for your cause are all part of spreading the word on marine conservation. Pictured here is Dhivya, manning a booth for Reef Check Australia during her time as an undergraduate student
Outreach involves talking to people, which is something Jol Ern never thought she had to do much of as a conservationist! But here she is, interviewing local fishers in Perlis about cetacean sightings and gauging their perceptions of conservation
Open ocean view? More like an open laptop view! Sandra is doing photo identification of individual Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. It is an important part of the research work she does for her Ph.D., as well as the research that MareCet does
Merchandise production is crucial to the fundraising that MareCet does, to allow us to continue doing the important conservation work we want to do. Our Executive Director and Co-Founder, Dr. Louisa, is pictured here with the batik artisan, as they plan and develop ideas for a new product
Not a marine mammal, but at least it’s a mammal? Jol Ern is taking pictures of a cow, as part of a photo identification training workshop in Hong Kong
Jol Ern, along with MareCet’s Co-Founders, Dr. Louisa and Fairul, at the 5th International Conference On Marine Mammal Protected Areas in Greece
Sandra standing by her poster on the social structure of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in Perak, at the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona
Not always the glitz and the glam. Sometimes, we deal with hoards of trash from coastal clean ups and stinky cetacean carcasses that wash ashore and are in need of processing for science!
  1. Network and let your interest be known!
    We all know how big social media is, and here at MareCet we’re constantly trying new ways to get the word on marine awareness out there (have you seen our new TikTok account?). We hope to reach new audiences with the content we put out on social media. Similarly, you can use social media to network and look out for opportunities, and connect with other conservationists. LinkedIn, Twitter and even Instagram are some great examples of platforms you can use for this. There is a huge community of scientists and marine conservationists online, all advocating for their own causes, and it could also help you find your own niche in conservation.
  2. It’s all about communication!
    Following on from social media and connecting, conservation is all about the CONVERSATION and how you have those conversations. This is an important thing to keep in mind, whether you’re an aspiring conservationist or someone who has been in the field for years. Conservation is all about conveying findings to a large audience base, and there are so many ways one can do this! Think blogs, podcasts, posters, infographics and YouTube videos. Find your niche and advocate away!
A group of happy conservationists

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Flukes for Thought by MareCet

Flukes for Thought by MareCet

MareCet is an NGO dedicated to the research and conservation of marine mammals and their habitats in Malaysia.