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03 September 2013
03 September 2013 | Honiara
31 July 2011 | Vanuatu
20 December 2009 | Mooloolaba to Opua
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01 November 2009 | Cairns

Lake T'Nggano

18 July 2009 | Rennel Island
Gardner Bickford
Te'Nggano, the fresh water lake on Rennell Island, is a World Heritage Site and the largest raised atoll lake in the South Pacific. The entire island of Belona could fit inside Lake Te'Nggano. I was stoked to have an opportunity to go see it in person and the 3 hour walk down the dirt road through the jungle didn't put me off one bit. Chris agreed to stay in Avatai for the meeting with the committee while Cleo, Alison, and I went to see the lake. Joseph went with us as a guide. The walk to the lake was easy and once we arrived we met with Mike and Kasia who are volunteers working with the World Heritage Site. They have been on Rennell for almost 18 months and are very knowledgeable, hospitable, and all around nice people. They lent us some snorkel gear and offered some advice on how to enjoy the lake.

15 kilometers away, back in Avatai, Chris met with the Tehakatu'u Conservation Committee to ratify the Marine Protected Area and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding document that clarified the location of the MPA and OceansWatch involvement over the next few years. The transitional period which will initially reduce the fishing area should eventually allow the surrounding area to produce a greater yield.

A few members of the committee who are away currently will return to review the MOU and hopefully find it agreeable. The final piece of the puzzle is the respect from the local and neighboring communities which will really make the MPA a great success.
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
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. [...]
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
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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