Qokaaw and Kadaay

January 2010

Conservation benefit: 46-acre no-take pristine mangrove sanctuary in perpetuity

Community benefit: Watershed rehabilitation, surveillance equipment, and project operation center

The scenic villages of Qokaaw and Kadaay, on the west coast of Yap, are steeped in tradition. They have already taken unilateral steps to protect their natural heritage, including establishing the 192-acre Nimpal Channel Marine Conservation Area (MCA).

Residents know that conserving mangrove areas around the Nimpal Channel MCA is key to reducing runoff and providing habitat for juvenile fishes. With this in mind, they want to permantently preserve 46 acres of pristine mangroves adjacent to the MCA. This particular forest survived Typhoon Sudal and contains at least four of the main five genera of mangroves in Yap.

With Seacology funding, community members will:

  • Clean up areas of the watershed that have become choked with fallen logs and branches.
  • Repair an existing surveillance platform, build a new one, and purchase a kayak, all to improve surveillance of the Nimpal Channel and mangrove reserve areas.
  • Build a project operation and storage center on the shore next to the two reserves.

Community members will work with the Yap Community Action Partnership, a local organization that has collaborated with Seacology on several projects.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology UK.
Project Updates
January 2016
Seacology approved a small maintenance grant to fund repairs to the floating surveillance platform in the Nimpal Channel. The repairs have been completed.
July 2015
Program manager Mary Randolph visited these beautiful, serene villages this month and got to check out both the floating surveillance platform (newly refurbished with a small maintenance grant...
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June 2011
YapCAP Executive Director Chief Charles Chieng passed away in July 2010; his longtime colleague Vanessa Fread has taken over the role of project coordinator. The stream bank and mangrove passage...
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January 2011
The Talul and Yaal Waterway system restoration and rehabilitation has been completed. The stream bank and mangrove passage restoration and rehabilitation is 50 percent complete, and work is...
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June 2010
The first payment was sent in May 2010, and purchasing of materials began immediately. The project startup is officially ahead of schedule and project leaders hope to continue the same pace during...
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