Kimbe Bay, on the island of West New Britain, is famous for its natural beauty and high marine biodiversity. Mahonia Na Dari, a well-respected local NGO, works with communities there to create and manage marine conservation areas. Four villages in Stettin Bay, which is part of Kimbe Bay, have set aside no-take zones to protect critical areas of their inshore reef.
Seacology is providing funds for buoys, which will mark the protected area’s boundaries, and a community-based monitoring program. Community members, with help from Mahonia Na Dari and local Nature Conservancy staff, will install the marker buoys. The Seacology grant will also be used to create materials to help educate nearby villages about the no-take areas.