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.
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