Stettin Bay Villages
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.
- 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...
- 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...