Marou is the largest village on Emau Island, with a population of about 1,000. In 2003, the village chief and community set up the Marou Community Conservation Area. A variety of fish, turtles, clams, shells, sea cucumber, crabs, and corals live in the marine reserve. It’s also an ideal place for dugongs, marine mammals closely related to manatees. The Marou community is willing to preserve their 32-acre marine reserve for at least ten years. They will set aside a 300-acre terrestrial area as well.
In exchange, Seacology will fund the completion of a kindergarten. The village will also use a Seacology grant to buy equipment for monitoring the protected area.