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).
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.
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.
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.