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Pohnpei LMMA Member Wins RARE’S E.O. Wilson Grant

The Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) began the Elimoang (Pohnpei Mangrove Crab) campaign in June of last year; one of approximately 40 RARE campaigns that were being implemented worldwide in 2005-2006. The campaigns are designed to raise awareness and increase local engagement in the conservation of biologically diverse species and areas.

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.

Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia): Nahtik Marine Protected Area

Nahtik is a sandy islet about one kilometer in size adjacent to the barrier reef. The only shade on the island is provided by three slim mangrove trees, which are surrounded by coral rubble, seashells and white sand. The ocean is crystal clear with a white sandy bottom, sea grass beds and colorful coral formations

Philippines: Marine Life in Batangas Under Threat

To welcome 2004, I thought it would be nice to go for a dive. Little did I know that my New Year dive would go off with a bang! The last time I dove in Nasugbu was 3 years ago. Just as I was marveling at the recovery of the reef around the tip of

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.

Fiji: Villagers work to overcome the challenges of dynamite fishing

The Tavua LMMA – the second oldest LMMA site in Fiji – was established in 2003 as the result of a Management Planning workshop hosted by the Fiji LMMA Network (FLMMA) in conjunction with the Institute of Applied Science (IAS) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva. Following the workshop, the closure

Indonesia: Using the LMMA’s Learning Framework as a Guide to Enhance Sasisen

Sasisen, or Sasi, is a local conservation method that regulates the use of a specific natural resource. The practice is rooted in the communities of eastern Indonesia, such as Saba, Auki Island, Mangguandi Island, and the Padaido Islands in East Biak.

Fiji: Turtle Calling in Namuana Village

Every year we usually receive tourists in our village. We are known around the world for ‘turtle calling,’ and for this we created our marine reserve for the people coming to see it. We want to boost this project as ecotourism.

Papua New Guinea: Tab Island

Along the north coast of Papua New Guinea, nested in the middle of beautiful Madang Lagoon, lies the Tab Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This WMA consists of three low-lying, forested coral islands and their surrounding fringing reefs. The smaller island of Mazzaz lies between the two larger islands, Tab and Paeowai, and together they