Rapid assessment tool launched to gauge impact of COVID-19 on Pacific Island coastal fishing communities

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the globe and on all segments of the population. The effects on Pacific Island countries and territories have been extremely varied: Some countries have had to manage viral infections while others are so far managing to keep the virus entirely from their shores. In all

LMMA Network receives science award for fostering global model for community-led conservation

BRISBANE, Australia – The LMMA Network was awarded the prestigious 2016 Distinguished Service Award for conservation achievement from the Society of Conservation Biology Oceania Conference, for its “extraordinary achievements in advancing and scaling up the practice of community-based marine resource management and conservation in Oceania.” “This award honours all the community leaders, communities and members, local partners and country

Fiji LMMA receives Duke of Edinburgh Award

Alifereti Tawake, a community advocate and marine researcher from Kadavu, today received the prestigious WWF’s Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award for his tireless support of communities throughout the region to better manage the land and sea.

Calls for increased government support for communities

Buoyed by two successive regional meetings of fisheries and government experts, Pacific Islands community leaders are hopeful their calls for support in meeting their food and income needs were finally heard.

Vitawa takes the lead in 4FJ campaign

The 4FJ campaign sought pledges from across Fiji not to eat, buy or sell the fish during its peak breeding months.

Philippines: Hinatuan Bay Marine Sanctuary

The surface of the water lay like a sheet of silver velvet smoothed out toward the horizon. Numerous small islands dot the vista, whispy palm fronds adding bits of greenery to the blue-gray panorama. The sheer size of the water area is impressive – Hinatuan Bay is like a small sea in itself, stretching some 360 square kilometers (roughly 140 square miles).

Philippines: Women Help Patrol Their Seas

Gemma Gades is a mother and active leader of a local fisherfolk group protecting Hinatuan Bay. Located in the province of Surigao del Sur on the eastern side of Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines, Hinatuan Bay is made up of small island ecosystems abundant with marine life.

Fiji: Resort Works With Village to Conserve Coral Reefs

Along the Coral Coast of Fiji’s big island of Viti Levu, approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of the capital of Suva, a unique partnership exists between an international beach resort and the small fishing village adjacent to it.

Boosting community income through Customary Regulations in Hatta Island, Indonesia

Hatta Island is located in the southern part of the Banda Naira in the Banda Islands, in Indonesia. The island is divided into two villages, the Kampung Baru (Old Village) and Kampung Baru (New Village). Hatta Island is led by a king who runs day-to-day government administrative functions. The majority of the population is Muslim.