OceansWatch expedition updates

03 September 2013
03 September 2013 | Honiara
31 July 2011 | Vanuatu
20 December 2009 | Mooloolaba to Opua
18 December 2009 | Mooloolaba
30 November 2009
30 November 2009
23 November 2009
18 November 2009
17 November 2009
17 November 2009
17 November 2009
16 November 2009
06 November 2009
06 November 2009
06 November 2009
06 November 2009
01 November 2009 | Cairns

ReefCheck surveying

07 September 2008 | New Ireland, PNG
Chris
3/9

We departed Garove this morning after a very rewarding visit, OceansWatch will be back for sure. In fact we hope that OceansWatch members Gar and Nicole on S/V Dreamkeeper will be able to visit later this year to take some marine conservation books to the School from our NGO partners Ailen Awareness in Kavieng.

The trip back to Kavieng was windless but most enjoyable all the same. We had a gorgeous sunset in a flat calm sea oily sea that had us all burning through our camera memory! The night was divine, crystal clear, the milky way stretched over us and a shooting star every 15 minutes or so. The temperature is perfect here at night, usually about 29c.

4/9

This morning we arrived at the now familiar pass into the sheltered waters around Kavieng, it felt like a homecoming to me as we all feel that we have friends here now. As we entered the pass we caught a big Spanish Mackerel, a relief for me as I had been promising the crew fish for dinner ever since we left Kavieng several days ago. The fish was large, more than ample for a feast for us so we headed for the nearest canoe and gave half of it to a delighted fisherman.

We arrived at our usual anchorage off Nusa Island and spent the afternoon on the usual water, diesel, market chores.

5/9

We met John Aini this morning to discuss how we could help him during the rest of our time here in New Ireland. We had been hoping to go to the StMatthias Islands but unfortunately John had not managed to clear the trip with the Pastor in time so we made alternative arrangements. Hopefully S/V Dreamkeeper will be able to take John there when they visit. Having recently seen a video of the Islands we envy them the opportunity. The Islands are Seventh Day Adventist so the people do not eat the fish or Invertebrates, which means the diving is exceptional.

Our plans now are to stay in this area for the next few days doing ReefCheck surveying and also training a very keen young man called Keithson who is a keen conservationist from St Matthias. We hope that Keithson will be able to travel on S/V Dreamkeeper to St Matthias and help them work with the community there.

This afternoon we did 2 ReefCheck surveys on Nago Island. We had been asked to do these surveys by the Provincial Fisheries Department as they are establishing a research facility there.

6/9, 7/9

On the 6th we did 2 surveys on Nusa Island and on the 7th 2 more surveys on Nago.
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 [...]
Home Page: http://www.oceanswatch.org
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
15 Photos
Created 8 June 2009
Pics of the 2009 project crew
4 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
A selection of pictures from our 2008 Vanuatu project
10 Photos
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
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2008

Oceanswatch Expeditions

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

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