16 September 2009 | PNG
Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Alison was sick with a fever and Gardner had to prick her finger for the malaria test. The malaria test came up negative and the unofficial diagnosis is "sinus infection".
Chris - met with Paul Goodyear, a plantation owner whose plantation adjoins a proposed MPA. Paul was very supportive and promised to help.
Chris - met with MPA area 3 traditional reef owners at the Marangis Hausman (Culture House).
Chris - PM Visit MPA area 3 to confirm landmarks and revise map.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Gardner bought food at the Goodyear plantation store and then went to take pictures of students that are eligible for OceansWatch scholarships and pen pal partners at Mater Primary School. Chris went to visit the canoe builders. Cleo and Alison surveyed proposed MPA 3 and worked on reports covering the areas from Mater to Marangis.
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Chris fixed the outboard motor for the dinghy. It wasn't cycling salt water through the cooling system. Yamahas aren't designed to be serviced in the field. He then met with Danny on the beach and was shown the proposed resource center. Chris then met with key people to reorganize the MPA committee to maximize it's effectiveness in relation to community acceptance of our MPA proposal.
Cleo and Alison did two Reef Checks for proposed MPA 1.
Monday, August 24th, 2009
Cleo cleaned the bottom of the boat and explained Reef Check to some local guys with Alison in the afternoon. Alison went to the community meeting and the cultural house to discuss reef ecology and sustainable coral harvest for lime production.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Alison canoed ashore early in the morning and went to church. Chris met with Bill's family regarding ecotourism. Lena came to polish the boat at 11am.