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01 November 2009 | Cairns

Pentacost

24 June 2008 | 15 32'S:168 08'W, Pentacost
Chris
25/6 Pouring with rain today and that means no surveying as the visibility is too bad and light poor. We did some fish ID training and caught up with some paperwork. Some of the crew went fishing as we are in need of protein!

24/6 We departed Asanvari at 06:00 and headed south to Pentecost, land of the original bungie jumpers! First stop was an unidentified village that Chris wanted to check out for an anchorage, if our destination Laone was untenable however it was not very secure so we headed straight to Leone. Katie, who speaks Bislam well introduced us to the local Chief, who was interested in what we were doing and promised to send us some helpers. We headed to the beach just after lunch and were encouraged that 10 locals had turned up and were very enthusiastic about the idea of the ReefCheck surveys. We paddled or swam to the outer reef at a small tabu area where we set up a short transect and did some ReefCheck training. This was a very nice shallow reef, with lots of invertebrates, including a few lobster. After the training we sailed to Latong where the anchorage is a lot safer. As we entered the pass I spotted a Dugong. We went ashore to meet the locals, who were very welcoming and inte rested in our work. We had a walk and got back to the dinghy as the fireflies came out. It reminded me of Greece many years ago!

23/6 Today we sailed to Ambae Island to pick up Katie Thompson from Vanuatu Fisheries. We left early and got back at sunset.

22/6 This morning we lugged our tanks across the Island to the West side and had a very interesting SCUBA dive. We started a ReefCheck survey but could not complete it as the currents picked up too much. There was very good fish life here and lots of live hard corals with very little damage. We encountered many good size Grouper, Snapper and Parrot Fish. This area is only fished when the trade winds abate. In the afternoon we gave a talk to the village about what we had found. We look forward to returning to Maewo next year to carry our more detailed surveys and see how the tabu areas are developing.
Comments
Vessel Name: Magic Roundabout, Cat Knapp & Anna Rose
Vessel Make/Model: Sweden Yachts 34, Anna Rose '43 yacht
Hailing Port: Whangarei, NZ
Crew: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
About:
Permanant skipper Chris is a professional yacht skipper and runs a yacht delivery company- Pacific Yacht Deliveries. He has been an environmental activist for many years, including 2 years as a skipper for Greenpeace on the yacht Vega. [...]
Extra:
The long term use of Magic Roundabout was donated to OceansWatch to carry out Marine conservation and provide humanitarian aid to the coastal communities in the Pacific. OceansWatch has set up an ongoing training system for yachties and divers to monitor reef health throughout the Pacific using the [...]
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Magic Roundabout, Cat Knapp & Anna Rose's Photos - Main
OceansWatch team sailing to Opua
16 Photos
Created 14 June 2009
Work on the Magic Roundabout and departure from Whangarei
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Created 8 June 2009
Pics of the 2009 project crew
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Created 9 February 2009
A selection of pictures from our 2008 Vanuatu project
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Created 1 August 2008
Reef Check training with Reef Check Australia in the Ha'apais April 2008
12 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 13 June 2008
Delivery to Vanuatu
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Created 12 June 2008

Oceanswatch Expeditions

Who: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Port: Whangarei, NZ

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