My First Week With Frontier
Monday - We met with Jenn at the Golden Lions Roundabout in Sihanoukville. We traveled by bus and boat to Koh Rong Samloem and the village of M’Pai Bai. We made our way to the Frontier House and our home for the next fortnight. We got all the health and safety tests done and were now officially a part of the project.
Tuesday - This was lecture day. We had all the lectures about what the surveys would be for, coastal hazards, different fish species, and conservation already happening in Cambodia. The afternoon was spent learning the first set of fish for a test that would happen the following morning.
Wednesday - The first set of fish identification tests were done in the morning and by 12, both had been passed. We then had a beach clean, the final set of fish to learn and the last test in the afternoon. The evening was spent at a barbeque which was really good fun!
Thursday - We had one final test of all the fish sets together and then the afternoon comprised of spot-tests, identifying the fish underwater.
Friday - This was a day full of spot-tests, some in the morning and some in the afternoon. I’m starting to get the hang of identifying fish that won’t hold still for a proper look!
Saturday - The visibility was poor in the water today, so no spot-tests could be done. We did more fish studying from books and the ID cards instead.
Sunday - The visibility and weather were worse then the previous day making spot tests impossible. Instead, we spent the day in hammocks in the porch reading and listening to music. Not a bad way to pass the time!
By Ben Harris, Marine Research Assistant
Find out more about the Cambodia Island Beach Conservation project.