Kimbe Bay lies on the north side of West New Britain Island, northeast of mainland Papua New Guinea. A local NGO, Mahonia Na Dari (MND) in Settin Bay within Kimbe Bay, has been helping four local Bakovi communities set aside marine protection areas. In PNG, these are called locally managed marine areas (LMMAs). The Kimbe Bay LMMA program is the largest of its kind.
MND will help the people of Patanga and Garile villages set aside two reef systems, totaling 75 acres, adjacent to reefs that are already closed. This will make a total of 23 protected areas covering some 1,050 acres, involving six villages with a total population of around 6,000.
MND’s buildings, which all use local materials where possible, have deteriorated badly and need urgent repairs. Seacology will fund the repairs.