BCSS Facilities Completion & Introduction
March 17, 2017 | Howard Rickard
BCSS is pleased to announce the completion of its main facilities with views to open in December 2018.
After 3 years of planning, constructions and hard work BCSS is pleased to announce that the main facility is completed and ready for inauguration during December 2018. BCSS is the only marine & field station in Africa completely running on solar power, which is a new green concept in research organizations aiming to be up to speed in the 21st century.
BCSS is a unique concept that allows volunteers, tourists, researchers, filmmakers and anybody with a general interest in marine science and conservation to be together in one place for their endeavors. Facing the Indian Ocean on the northeast tip of Benguerra Island BCSS has direct access to the open ocean via the Bazaruto to Benguerra channel, with an incredible amount of marine life and ecosystems nearby.
Coral reefs, seagrass meadows, sand backs, shark hotspots, mangrove forests are BCSS working grounds within a few km from the station.
BCSS will start welcoming guests from June 2018 onwards to build up capacity and manpower to execute all their field projects, including coral reef time-series, artificial coral reefs, ocean observatory,as well as sharks & marlin tagging.
I am incredible excited to have the opportunity to work in Mozambique, surrounded by unique conditions and incredible natural beauty. I hope with the establishment of BCSS, a non-profit facility, we can contribute to the long-term betterment of Mozambican marine conservation as well as community development
Nina Flohr, Founder of Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS)
This is a one in a life-time opportunity to create an organization from scratch based on the right principles and expectations to shed light into Mozambican marine sciences & oceanography at large. We come for serious projects with the best people & institutions in the world behind us to both benefit the local communities and make an impact that can be felt worldwide.
Dr. Mario Lebrato, Director/Chief Scientist of Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS)