Fishermen heading out from Praia Do Tofo
Ready for a surf launch
Shark Ray on Giants Castle
Launching from Praia do Tofo
Cleaning Station at Manta Reef
Whale Shark in Tofhino
Carlos underwater with mask
An old friend at Giants Castle
Whale Shark
Alberto, Anabela and the Maunza crew before a Village talk
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Dive Princesses
Masters students in marine biology and coastal management
Three new instructors
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Surf Launch with Carlos in the Lead

Who

 

Bitonga Divers and Ocean Revolution Mozambique together

Bitonga Divers was formed in 2006, in Tofo, Mozambique by Carlo Macuacua, Anabela Muchunga, and Timothy Dykman, Director of Ocean Revolution to provide professional Scuba training for rural Moçambicans, allowing them to get professional jobs in the dive tourism industry and linking them to postive environmental action.

When Bitonga Divers was formed, there were no Moçambican divemasters or instructors. Since that time, Bitonga Divers has trained 21 Mozambican Instructors and 27 divemasters. 

In addition to professional dive training, Bitonga Divers participates with Ocean Revolution in training Mozambican graduate students (future scientists, regulatory and policy-makers) enrolled in the University Eduardo Mondlane Masters program of Marine Biology and Coastal Management, students of the UEM Tourism School in Inhambane, the Inhambane Fire Department, the Ministry of Fisheries and the coastal marine police. We have trained 16 Mozambican archaeologists, numerous skippers and commercial divers and many young people now employed in international conservation organizations operating in Mozambique. 

Bitonga Divers also conducts community awareness and recruitment events in remote coastal villages along the Inhambane coast from Inhassoro to Zavora. These "Village Talks" help to build responsible local economies through ecosystem and resource education.

Ocean Revolution Mozambique works with Indigenous Communities to support projects, provide funding skills, facilitate knowledge-transfer, and create international networks capable of influencing local, regional and global action. Ocean Revolution Moçambique through its many partners has a single goal: to create a social change multiplier through our collaborations that will protect vulnerable marine resources, strengthen indigenous culture and rights, and provide opportunities for sustainable economic development. Ocean Revolution Mozambique is a Project of Ocean Revolution

Since it was formed in 2004, Ocean Revolution has been working to address inequity and social injustice in ocean management by studying the socio-economic implications of environmental changes, development, and conservation burdens on indigenous and marginalized communities.

Ocean Revolution has:

• Worked with over 35 Indigenous cultures to gain recognition and support for their timeless, tireless, and successful environmental and cultural leadership in caring for country

• Accomplished “both ways” collaborations between Traditional Owners and western scientists, educators, politicians, NGOs and students • Worked to establish, fund, and maintain Indigenous marine protected areas in Australia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and Mozambique and the United States

• Conducted international Indigenous community exchanges; building cultural, technical, governance and nation-building toolkits

• Established and funded scholarship programs supporting University and preparatory students, language and technical training and post-educational employment assistance for Indigenous youth • Held women’s projects on reproductive health, abuse, and opportunity including workshops and film projects

• Facilitated revival, transfer, and dissemination of Traditional Knowledge within and between local, regional, and international communities

• Funded traditional art, song, dance, and language revitalization, documentation, contemporary use and performance

• Showcased Indigenous science and culture in Museums, Universities, film, video, written and spoken word around the globe

• Engaged in long-term relationships with Indigenous communities to build and fund infrastructure, skills and market for responsible economies in environmental services, production of traditional crafts, scientific research, shellfish aquaculture, small-scale fisheries, and tourism

Ocean Revolution’s current and past financial partners in Mozambique are The Ocean Foundation, The Putnam Foundation, The Norcross Wildlife Foundation, WWF Mozambique, The Hayground Forum, Fondation Ensemble, GDS Fund, The U.S. State Department Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation, The Swift Foundation and numerous private donors