May 2009

Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 1,600-acre marine conservation area (240 acres no-take) for 15 years

Community benefit: Community hall and upgrade of the village water supply

Satapuala is a coastal village on the northwestern side of Upolu Island in Samoa. The village, which is controlled by a traditional council of chiefs, was relocated in 1942 to make room for an airport. It has more than 2,000 residents, and the growing population has taken a toll on the marine resources. A conservation program will establish rotating no-take zones within the village’s marine area. This is expected to help marine resources recover, making subsistence fishing and regulated commercial use sustainable.

Seacology will fund construction of a new community hall and an upgrade of  the village water supply system. In return, the community will establish a 1,600-acre marine conservation area, 15 percent of which (240 acres) will be no-take. They will also protect approximately one acre of Rhizophora mangle mangrove forest. The goal is to extend the no-take section of the marine reserve to 25 percent within 15 years. The rest of the area will be managed in a sustainable manner, with regulations dictating the size of catches and a ban on the use of illegal substances such as dynamite and cyanide.

Project Updates
January 2011
Construction of the community hall was completed in October 2009. In a final report submitted in December 2010, Seacology Field Representative Cedric Schuster reports that all villagers were asked...
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May 2010
Field representative Cedric Schuster reports that the village has set out the no-take zone and has updated the management plan for the marine reserve as well as submitted to the Division of...
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October 2009
Construction of the community hall began at the end of September and was completed on October 9, 2009. The village held an official opening for the hall on October 16. Satapuala, at its August...
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