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Alifereti Tawake

Name: Alifereti Tawake Country: Fiji Location: Daku, Kadavu Alifereti grew up in the rural coastal village of Daku in Kadavu, a small outer island in Fiji. Growing up, he remembers his grandfather going out to the nearby reef and bringing home enough fish for his extended family in just a short time. Over the years,

Joe Keba

Name: Joe Keba Country: Solomon Islands Location: Ngella, Central Province Joseph lives in Leitongo, a village located in the Sandfly Islands of Ngella, Central Province, Solomon Islands. Under the leadership and guidance of the Foundation of the People of the South Pacific International (FSPI) and local partner Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT), Joe is currently

Stanis Giru

Name: Stanis Giru Country: Papua New Guinea Location: Kimbe Bay Stanis Giru, at the age of 53 years, is a well respected member of the community, and has been very active at his community’s LMMA. To anyone who meets Stanis for the first time, they would say that he is a very humble and a

Charley Manua

  Name: Charley Manua Country: Vanuatu Location: Pele Island Charley Manua, born on Pele Island just north of Efate, is a community champion of the Nguna-Pele MPA (NP-MPA). He has been involved in marine conservation issues of his community since his days as a schoolboy. Today, Charley is one of Vanuatu’s most knowledgeable community conservation

Benjie Catudio

Name: Benjie Catudio Country: Phillippines Location: Port Lamon, Hinatuan Benjie Catudio is a resident of Port Lamon, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. He joined the ‘Peoples Unite for Genuine and Active Port Lamon, Inc.’ (PUGAPO) fishers organization several years ago to help protect the degraded coastal and marine environment of his municipality. He considers the sea as his partner

Selarn Kaluwin

Name: Selarn Kaluwin Country: Papua New Guinea Location: Mbuke Island, Manus Tapas Selarn Kaluwin, from Mbuke Island on the southwest coast of Manus, stands out as a community champion for his work over the last few years. Selarn is the representative for the Mbuke Island LMMA site, which was initially an associate or level one member, not

Ruperto Apilado

Name: Ruperto Apilado Country: Phillippines Location: Candelaria, Sinabacan, Luzon Island Ruperto, or "Ka Raffy," is from Sinabacan in the municipality of Candelaria on the west coast of Luzon Island in the Philippines. An engineer by training and former communications technician for Voice of America, Ka Raffy also served on the parent-teacher’s association for the local school and is

Gemma Gades

Name: Gemma Gades Country: Phillippines Location: Hinatuan Bay, Mindinao "Ka" Gemma, is a mother and active leader of a local fisherfolk group protecting Hinatuan Bay in the southern Philippines. She has been the President of the community organization "Ladies in United Movement Onward to Development" (LUMOT) since 1999, and of the municipal-level "Nagkahiusang Mangingisda sa

Didik Kassas

Name: Didik Kassas Country: Papua New Guinea Location: Riwo, Madang Lagoon Didik is from Riwo Village, situated along coast of Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea. He has been actively involved in marine resource conservation in his community for more than seven years. A carpenter and boatman by trade, Didik works with both WWF-Madang and Wetlands International-Oceania representatives

Paul Led

Name: Paul Led Country: Papua New Guinea Location: Riwo, Madang Lagoon Paul is from Riwo Village, located along the coast of Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea. Trained as a parataxonomist, Paul has more than 10 years experience in scientific monitoring, and is now nationally recognized as a leader in coral reef and fish monitoring. He has also