Conservation benefit: Support for Ebiil Channel Marine Conservation Area
Community benefit: Equipment and training for local rangers monitoring a conservation area
The island nation of Palau is famous for its coral reefs and incredibly diverse sea life. In 2000, Seacology funded demarcation buoys and training for rangers for the newly created Ngemai Marine Conservation Area. The Ngemai project proved highly successful and inspired other villages to create their own marine conservation areas. Modeled on the Ngemai project, the recently established Ebiil Channel Marine Conservation Area is 15 times larger than Ngemai’s. It is the most important grouper aggregation site in Palau. As in the Ngemai conservation area, harvesting fish will be prohibited in the Ebiil marine reserve.
Though the Ebiil Channel Marine Conservation Area is now legally established, the community lacks the resources needed to make the conservation area a reality. With Seacology’s support, the Palau Conservation Society (PCS) has worked with the local village to buy and install 13 demarcation buoys, purchase equipment for a patrol boat and for appropriate signage. PCS is also facilitating the training of two rangers from the local community to monitor the conservation area.
- July 2007
- After her site visits in Micronesia, Seacology Senior Program Officer Karen Peterson reports that PCS director Tiare Holme stated that protection for the Ebiil Channel Marine Conservation Area,...
- July 2005
- The Ebiil Society continues to work with local communities to manage the area, implement conservation education, and record traditional knowledge about reef species and habitats. Palau...
- July 2004
- The legislature met in early 2003 and voted to extend the Ebiil Channel Marine Conservation Area for another three years as a no-take area. The Ebiil Society was formed as a community-based...