BRUVS Cagayancillio Project

The BRUVS Cagayancillio Project

BRUVS are Baited Remote Underwater Visual Systems which LAMAVE are using to conduct a Nation Wide Assessment for Sharks and Rays in both Apo Reef National Park in Mindoro and Cagayancillo in the Sulu Sea.

Our Apo Reef BRUVS project is currently operational, however we are looking for science driven and conservation minded volunteers to join the shark and ray assessment in the remote Islands of Cagayancillo. This project will run from May 1st to September 31st and will revolve around the use of Remote Underwater Video (RUV) and Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) to enhance our understanding on the abundance, biodiversity and behaviour of the sharks and rays in the Sulu Sea. We will also be investigating the current status of commercially and economically important reef fish to identify population trends in remote aquatic ecosystems.
For full project details please read the Cagayancillio BRUVS Volunteer Pack (see the download below).

Volunteer Duties

  • Boat-based surveys using camera based systems for surveys
  • Preparing equipment and materials for fieldwork
  • Data management and analysis
  • Information, education and communication campaign
  • Sharing cleaning and cooking duties


Volunteer Requirements

  • At least 21 years old
  • Available to stay for at least four months
  • Fluent in English
  • Excellent swimming/snorkelling skills, physically fit to lift survey equipment and to spend several hours a day on the water (on a boat) in a tropical climate
  • Strong interest in elasmobranch biology, research and conservation
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • A diving qualification is beneficial, but not essential.
  • Comfortable living in a shared home and in a remote setting with only basic amenities
  • Willing to work long hours if needed
  • A degree in marine science or biology is preferred


We ask that volunteers make a monthly contribution to the project that will pay for general living expenses. Your contribution will cover the following expenses:

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Public transportation to and from the daily survey site
  • Public transport between survey locations
  • Survey training
  • LAMAVE T-Shirt

LAMAVE does not cover volunteer expenses for transport to Puert Princesa (the launch location to Cagayancillo), insurance, equipment (e.g. mask, snorkel, and fins), visas, snacks, or other leisure expenses. Please note that all volunteers are required to have health insurance for the duration of their stay at the project. Students and Filipinos may be entitled to a discounted rate.

Interested individuals may send their CV and cover letter to

Click here to download the Cagayancillo BRUVS Volunteer Introduction Pack for full details.