11 June 2008 | 17 36'S:168 14'W, Port Havannah
A full on day today starting with a 7:30 meeting at Vanuatu Fisheries. We discussed how OceansWatch can help Vanuatu Fisheries both for this project and long term. It seems that they have very little information on reef health and fish populations from many of the outlying Islands and that is something that OceansWatch can really help them with. This season we will have Katie Thompson on board for most of the project and have been asked to undertake ReefCheck surveys on Efate, Pentacost, Maewo, Santo and Malakeula. We will also provide PADI training for Fisheries staff and local community members who wish to undertake their own ReefCheck surveys. We anticipate starting by just doing ReefCheck surveys in 2008 but expect to help provide more detailed surveys in following years. Today we sailed to Port Havannah for the night and will be doing our first surveys along the coast just south of here over the next couple of days. Over the weekend we will be meeting with the local village and observing how they are developing their marine management plans.