Muri is a popular holiday resort on south side of the beautiful island of Rarotonga. Many international visitors and Cook Islanders use its beach and lagoon for recreation. The area is threatened, however, by too much fishing.
The Muri community will declare 413 acres of the lagoon and surrounding area as a protected area for 10 years. Harvesting any coral, fish, marine mammals, birds, or mammals that live on the islet will be prohibited. The only exception will be the catching food fish for community use. Sand mining of the beach will also be prohibited.
The community requested support to upgrade their meeting house so it could be used for as a cyclone evacuation center, cultural arts center, gymnasium, and site for health care. Seacology, working with the Muri Environment Care Group, will help fund the renovation of the meeting house and health clinic.