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Local kids on Maewo Island, Vanuatu get ready for their first ReefCheck training experience

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Picture is of Magic Roundabout anchored in Kokopo with Rabaul's active volcano in the background.

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20kg water + the washing.

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Canoe builder of Garove.

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Drying coral for use with beetlenut.

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Flat calm Bismark Sea, PNG.

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Garove visitors.

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Glasses PNG.

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Taking the visitors back.

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Swamped with visitors as usual.

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The two OceansWatch yachts head off to start the project work for 2013
July 9, 2013

The two OceansWatch yachts, Magic Roundabout and Cat Knapp have left Port Vila, Vanuatu, to begin their work with communities. Our projects in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands will assist them in managing their marine resources, support sustainable livelihood projects and provide environmental education.
Over the last week and a half the crews have been trained by Glenn Edney in the “Reef Check” method of monitoring coral reefs as well as OceansWatch’s “Reef Guardian” training program. The “Reef Guardian” program is used to train the locals to monitor their own reefs. It is a more qualitative approach that has shown good correlation with scientific methods but is closer and more acceptable to traditional fisheries management.

Read more abouthis and our other projects in the latest Newsletter

Solomon Island's Provincial Government registers Marine Protected Area
June 12, 2013

The first Solomon Island community to request assistance from OceansWatch to help them manage their marine resources has had their MPA recognised by the Provincial Government. OceansWatch Solomon Island's director Willie Sau Kaitu'u reports: "The Rennell Bellona provincial Executive agreed in their meeting today, to recognize the Marine Protected Area on Rennell Island."

This was a result of a lot of hardwork by Willie, Derek Pongi and others on Rennell, especially Joseph and the Reef Guardians. To those of you such as Gardner, Alison, Cleo, Noelle, Bara, Joetta, Irene, Katherine and Emily who helped in the field a big thank you. As OceansWatch followers know we are a community driven organisation, here to serve people and their environment but it's also great to get our work recognised at higher levels too.

The second OceansWatch yacht for 2013 is now on its way to Vanuatu. Onboard Cat Knapp are Glenn Edney, the skipper and Shelly Feduniw and Amick Houssaune. Read more in our latest Newsletter.

Magic Roundabout sets sail for the Pacific
May 17, 2013

This is shaping up to be a big year for OceansWatch as we make progress on our goal of “Saving the Ocean – one reef at a time."It is thanks to the sponsorship of UAEs bid to host the World Expo in 2020 that Magic Roundabout is on her way to the Pacific with Helen Beswick, Carla Deane, Andy Clarkson and Shannon Hurley.It is that time of year when all our volunteers are working like crazy to get the last minute things ready for the departure of the two OceansWatch vessels which will be working in the Pacific during the New Zealand winter.

This is Amick Houssaune filling boxes with first aid supplies for the communities that we will visit. Thanks to Medical aid abroad for donating the supplies for these and to Circa Marine (builders of Dashew yachts) for making the boxes. We are still looking for yachts heading from Opua to Port Vila to help deliver these boxes. Email operations@oceanswatch.org if you can help.
On Wednesday Magic Roundabout left Opua bound for Vanuatu. On board are Shannon Carla , two young graduates heading off for a life- changing experience as they work with communities in these remote islands to help them manage their dwindling fish resources. We have recently been well treated by Customs who have granted us an extension of the length of time Magic Roundabout can stay in New Zealand. 

Read more in the latest Newsletter