We love hearing about our intern's experiences, so when Karin sent us through an update from her Lake Malawi Underwater Research Internship we couldn't wait to share it!
"I'm having a great time here in Malawi at Kande Beach! Absolutely loving it!
Every day I walk to the local fishing village called Masakahunju to count how many boats are on the beach and how many boats have been out fishing the night before. We then weigh the catch of some of the boats and enter all the data into a big spreadsheet. This information is helping us research what affects the catch and the long term data will hopefully give us information as to whether the lake is being overfished or not.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays we do water quality monitoring at three rivers (Kande, Fua and Masembe). We take a water sample, measure the current, turbidity, ripples, water temperature, pH and TDS. Since I arrived, they have also introduced miniSASS which is a method that looks at the quality and health of river water by looking at what insects are present and their sensitivity.
We try to dive as much as possible but because it is windy season and the waves get quite rough we often have to change our plans. We do a grid survey and a transect each week if conditions allow. I have started to learn and identify fish and have done a couple of mock surveys which are going well.
I have met many locals and have been invited to their houses several times for dinner, as well as having gone to a birthday party which was great fun! Thursday is market day where Kande Town gets very lively and there are plenty of vegetables and beautiful chitenges to buy. There are also a couple of good restaurants in town with local food which is delicious.
Food here at the Maru itself is amazing! We eat very well!
So all in all I am having a great time!"