Final ReefCheck surveys complete
15 June 2008 | Port Havannah
14/6 Today we did 2 full ReefCheck surveys. One was in the tabu area in front of Lelepa village and another at a traditional fishing grounds opposite on Efate. The results of these surveys as well as one done yesterday at another tabu area will be presented to the village on Sunday after Church. Today we were joined by new OceansWatch member Nelia Swayze from the yacht Caledonia. Nelia joined just a week ago and met the crew from Magic Roundabout in Port Villa. Nelia has a lot of diving experience and spent the last few days learning about ReefCheck and the Indicator species so was a great help to us. Also assisting was Felix from Mangaliliu village and local Vanuatu Fisheries representative Katie. With a team of 6 we had the surveys completed quite quickly.
15/6 After Church, where we were asked to line up outside and shake hands with the entire congregation and we were invited to the Chief's house for lunch. On the way we were presented with traditional Island shirts and a mother hubbard for Melinda. The Chief was very happy to have had OceansWatch visit and hopes that this trip will be followed up on an annual basis. After lunch we took 6 members of the village out for a sail, which was much appreciated. On our return to our anchorage in Port Havannah we discovered that both the ships Inverters were no longer working so it's a boat maintenance day tomorrow.
Photo of transect laying at Mangaliliu