Parem Island

February 2014

Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 1,644-acre marine reserve as a permanent no-take area

Community benefit: Water storage and distribution system, and aquaculture and monitoring supplies

The island of Parem is located about a mile from the capital island of Weno. It was a Japanese base during World War II, and remnants of aircraft, heavy artillery, anti-aircraft guns, and bunkers are still common sights in the tropical underbrush. There are seven villages, each of which has its own traditional authority structure headed by a chief or samon. With limited employment opportunities on the island, many community members look for jobs in Weno. Those who don’t work on Weno make a living by subsistence fishing and farming.

In 2011, concerned community members in Parem asked the Chuuk Conservation Society (CCS) and its local partners to help them develop a community-based resource management project. The plan included establishing a permanent 665-hectare (1,644-acre) marine reserve. This site contains a high diversity of soft and hard coral, and it has been recognized as a giant clam conservation area.

In return, Seacology is funding Parem’s first public water system. Water catchment units will be installed at the island’s traditional meeting halls. Seacology is also providing sponge farming and monitoring equipment for the protected area.

Project Updates
May 2016
Seacology sent the final installment of the grant in March, and the supplies and equipment necessary to finish the water system for all the villages on Parem have been ordered. The marine reserve...
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January 2016
Typhoon Maysak, which hit Chuuk in March 2015, caused long-lasting power and communication problems. Water tanks have been delivered to the island, and now must be connected to pipes. At a...
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January 2015
Parem Island, with the assistance of the Chuuk Conservation Society, has purchased a water storage and distribution system for the 14 clan meeting halls on the island. Solar-powered lights for the...
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