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Update from Chris

16 July 2009 | Rennel Island
Chris Bone
All is going really well in Rennell. We met with the Hatana conservation acommitteee and other local community leaders on day 2 here and they were really keen to look at ways of conserving their marine resources. Straight after we presented to them they formed a larger tribal conservation committee that covers about 2.5 miles of foreshore. They agreed in that meeting that they should look at the possibility of establishing an MPA.

We did a rapid assessment of their reef area, mainly looking at % hard coral and suggested 3 possible MPA sites. I met with the committe leader today and showed him the areas that we selected. He was very happy for us to recommend the area we thought most suitable for the MPA and what clinched it I think was that at one end of the area there was a section of cliff that looked like a face, watching over the MPA. It seemed appropriate so he said he would be happy to chose that area.

Now this decision needs to be ratified by his committee (he says it will be no problem as they are all keen). We will now try to get some reef check surveys done in the proposed MPA and outside it too. It's hard though as the reef face is mainly vertical walls and isolated bommies.

I now want to help the community to look for ways of mitigating the loss of fishing area. I think there could be ways for them to increase food production as they only really seem to grow Casava. We need a good organic tropical vegetable grower/advisor to spend a few months here with a variety of seeds to try.

This afternoon I visited the 19 pupil primary school. They could really do with some help too and are keen to join the schools program. We will survey for the next 2 days then visit the World Heritage lake if we can find some transport.
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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. [...]
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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
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Work on the Magic Roundabout and departure from Whangarei
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Reef Check training with Reef Check Australia in the Ha'apais April 2008
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Delivery to Vanuatu
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Who: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Port: Whangarei, NZ

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