Stettin Bay Villages

November 2001

Conservation benefit: Demarcation of “no-take” coral reef zones

Community benefit: Purchase and installation of mooring buoys, training

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 set up and manage marine conservation areas. Four villages in Settin 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. The Seacology grant will also be used for community awareness materials to help educate surrounding villages about the no-take areas. Community members, with help from Mahonia Na Dari and local Nature Conservancy staff, will install the marker buoys.

Project Updates
January 2005
Mahonia Na Dari, the local organization running the project, is continuing its conservation education program for villages and schools surrounding the no-take areas. Part of the program provides...
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July 2004
In 2002, communities in Kimbe Bay established and demarcated four no-take areas. Since then local NGO Mahonia Na Dari has been regularly conducting conservation education within the communities...
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