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Discover the Wonderful World of Fish at Papua Paradise Eco Resort

Are you interested in exploring marine biology in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions? Papua Paradise Eco Resort is excited to present a unique opportunity to learn from the esteemed marine biologist Stephan Moldzio through a series of four 2-day workshops over two weeks. The first of the workshops will be held on May 18th-19th 2025 and will be focused on the fascinating world of fish!

What you can expect to learn

Fish Family Characteristics and Ecology

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One of the cornerstone sessions of the workshop will focus on the family characteristics and ecology of fishes. Participants will learn about the diverse range of fish families, their distinctive traits, and their roles in aquatic ecosystems. Topics will include:

  • Morphological and behavioral adaptations of different fish families.
  • Ecological niches and the importance of fishes in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.
  • The impact of environmental changes on fish populations and their habitats.

This session aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of how various fish species contribute to the biodiversity and functionality of aquatic environments.

Fish Species List and Handling of Scientific Databases

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Accurate identification and documentation of fish species are crucial for research and conservation efforts. This segment of the workshop will cover:

  • Techniques for identifying fish species, including the use of field guides and taxonomic keys.
  • An introduction to major scientific databases and repositories for fish data.
  • Hands-on training on how to input, retrieve, and analyze data from these databases.

Participants will gain practical skills in managing scientific data, essential for both academic research and environmental management.

Guided Dives

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The highlight of the workshop will undoubtedly be the guided dives, where participants will have the chance to apply their newly acquired knowledge in a real-world setting. Key features include:

  • Observation and identification of local fish species in their natural habitats.
  • Understanding fish behavior and interactions within the ecosystem.
  • Techniques for underwater data collection and documentation.

These immersive experiences will reinforce theoretical learning and provide participants with unforgettable encounters with marine life.

Presentation & Quiz

To consolidate the knowledge gained during the workshop, there will be a fun presentation and quiz session including:

  • Interactive presentations by participants, summarizing their learnings and experiences.
  • A quiz covering key topics discussed during the workshop, designed to test and reinforce understanding.

Prizes will be awarded for top performances, adding a fun and competitive element to the workshop.

Workshop Booklet & Confirmation of Participation

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Each participant will receive a comprehensive workshop booklet containing detailed notes and resources on fish family characteristics, ecology, species identification, and database handling. You will also find practical tips for conducting fieldwork and underwater observations, and information on further reading and research opportunities.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will also receive a certificate of participation, recognizing their effort and knowledge gained during the event.

This workshop promises to be an enriching experience for anyone passionate about marine life and fish ecology. With a blend of theoretical sessions, practical database handling, and exhilarating guided dives, participants will leave with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the underwater world. Whether you’re a seasoned marine biologist or an enthusiastic amateur, this workshop offers valuable insights and skills that will enhance your knowledge and engagement with aquatic ecosystems.

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