Cross-site Collaboration Builds Success

Cross-site sharing of conservation lessons is vital to maximizing outcomes. OneReef’s partner, the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), annually brings together all the Pohnpei State communities that manage their Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) so they can share information and best practices. The discussions at this cross-site meeting help OneReef change our programs and better support our partner communities.

Resurrected Community Organization Makes Early Gains to Boost Nanwap MPA

In 2020, OneReef formalized its Community Partnership Agreement with the five communities that manage Nanwap MPA. Shortly after that, MLMDA, a collaborative organization that the communities had created to help manage Nanwap, was revived, and a fundraising effort was launched. In our experience working with communities to manage MPAs, initiatives like these are a crucial success factor. Even so, we were taken by surprise at the speed with which the communities achieved their ambitious goal.

Building the Next Generation of Stewards

Traditional Stewardship skills are important to the identity of Micronesian communities and also for helping protect their oceans in the face of climate change and other global threats. The success of the Stewardship Skills Youth Summer Camp supported by OneReef last year has set the foundation for ongoing camps and classes. In the summer of 2021, OneReef supported and facilitated two different Stewardship Skills camps for youth which are helping preserve and pass on traditional knowledge.

Patterson Lawrence – A True Water Guardian of Pohnpei

Mr. Patterson, who is from Sokehs, grew up with a love of the ocean and spent much of his young years fishing and traveling between the not-too-distant islands of Ant and Pakin Atoll.  His love of the ocean and the people of Pohnpei led him to join the Pohnpei State Police force, where he was […]

OneReef and Uchul a Chei Fishers Launch New Partnership

On May 8, 2021, OneReef and Uchul a Chei Fishers (UACF) undertook their first collaboration by volunteering to support the Koror State Government’s Scoop n’ Go challenge planned initially for Earth Day. The Koror State Government (KSG) has observed an alarming increase in marine debris in the Rock Island Southern Lagoon – a designated World […]

Mentoring the next generation of Micronesian Stewards

OneReef has supported communities’ longer-term management and protection of their coral reefs across Micronesia since 2010. During this decade of developing long-term partnerships with communities across the region, OneReef has established a robust Micronesia team made up of extensively experienced and well-respected leaders among their peers.  The Micronesia team has helped shape OneReef’s Community Partnership Model […]

Disruption by Unseasonal Typhoon

In March, Typhoon Surigae swept by Palau, catching Palauans off-guard as weather reports forecasted the occurrence of solid winds commonly associated with tropical storms. Palauan fishers around the island had noticed unusual tidal behavior over the past several months in which tides appeared to be considerably higher than usual. The higher waves continue to adversely impact […]

Two New Marine Protected Areas join the OneReef network!

In October 2020, two new community groups in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) formalized Community Partnership Agreements with OneReef. Nanwap is an MPA (Marine Protected Area) in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia) extending about 3.04 square miles, traditionally known as a fish spawning area for rabbitfish. Other species include parrotfish, snappers, wrasse, sea cucumber, turtles, […]

The Last Traditional Navigator (Palau)

Mr. Akilino Albis left formal schooling in third grade after he grew interested in canoe carving and seafaring with his father, Albis.  He quickly learned at a very young age and wanted to be the best in building canoes and fishing.  He spent much of his young age working alongside his father, earning his favor […]

OneReef trained Helen Reef Rangers apprehend large Chinese poaching vessel.

The Helen Reef Ranger team of five (5), led by Sr. Officer Hercules Amelio, apprehended and detained a twenty-eight-man crew Chinese vessel off the southwest coast of Helen Reef. The 80-foot Chinese vessel had sent out its crew in 6 smaller vessels to collect sea cucumbers from the Helen Reef Marine Protected Area, a no-take […]

Traditional Leaders Forum in Pohnpei

For centuries, Pohnpeians used traditional complex systems to protect their natural resources. These strict rules governed all clans’ behavior and ensured that Pohnpei’s rich coral reefs, mangroves, and forests provided food and economic livelihood to sustain themselves and future generations. Traditional resource management systems and stewardship systems have been diluted by modern approaches to regulate resource use and management. Modern approaches have also undermined the authority of indigenous communities to control their resources. Consequently, many traditional mangrove ecosystems have been lost and destroyed due to unsustainable harvesting and development practices and notable climate change impacts. On November 17th, traditional leaders made themselves heard!

Pohnpei and Helen Reef teams have independently imaged their reefs!

In March 2019, OneReef, in collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, trained three teams of local islanders in cutting edge imaging technology used by scientists to monitor reef health over time. In June and October (2020), the teams from Pohnpei and Helen Reef independently imaged multiple sites in their area, putting their training into action! (The team from Ngarchelong, a Northern state of Palau, independently imaged six sites in March 2020).

Community Steward Spotlight

We are deeply grateful for the community stewards who are pivotal to our work. One such person is Clifford “Poch” Osima; a Palauan Traditional Steward engaged in modern-day surveillance, enforcement, and reef health monitoring activities as a Ngarchelong State Ranger. He has been vital in helping us deploy cutting-edge technologies to reduce poaching and to monitor reef health. Read more!

Surveillance Gear Bought and Sent to Communities

Thank you for helping us raise $4,520 to date for 4 of our partner communities in Pohnpei (Federated States on Micronesia)!  The communities are Palikir, Pakin, Lenger, and Dehpek-Takaiou With the funds raised so far, we have been able to purchase and send basic, bare minimum equipment needed to do surveillance and enforcement effectively and […]

OneReef is 10 years old – and celebrating a 10 year community partnership!

We are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the first OneReef community partnership agreement! OneReef signed this formative agreement with the Tobi community (Hatohobei) in Palau, Micronesia, in 2010 to steward the community-owned Helen Reef Atoll.

The success of the Tobi partnership has sparked nine additional communities to join OneReef in our mission of vibrant reefs and thriving communities. To learn more about the history and inspiration behind OneReef’s community partnership agreements, read on.

A 10 year partnership – conservation success at Helen Reef (Palau)

OneReef’s first Partnership agreement, 10 years ago, was with the Tobi community to support their efforts to protect and recover the marine ecosystem of Helen Reef, including its iconic turtle population. To honor World Oceans Day (June 8th), and World Sea Turtle Day (June 18th), we want to share the achievements of the Helen Reef Turtle monitoring and tagging program and celebrate this incredible community whose efforts have ensured that there have been no illegal poachers at Helen Reef since the last incident in 2014! Read on for the history of this program and its successful conservation efforts.

Island teams use hi-tech underwater imaging in Palau

In March 2020, OneReef worked with Ngarchelong State Conservation and Law Enforcement to pilot 3D imaging of coral reefs in 6 different sites by local teams. Putting imaging technology in the hands of island conservationists is transformational and has significant implications for ongoing effective reef management. To learn how this imaging supports reef health, tourism and food security, read more.

The Return of the Palau Giants

Did a Giant really create Palau? Learn about the origin story of the Palauan islands and its implications within today’s conservation efforts.

Jackson Wild Presentation by Madelsar Ngiraingas

Ms. Madelsar Ngiraingas, based in Palau and manager of OneReef Community partnerships, spoke at the Jackson Wild Film Festival to explain the Palauan perspective on conservation. Read more to learn about her story.

OneReef Screens Chasing Coral at Montalvo Arts Center

The OneReef screening of the award-winning movie, Chasing Coral, was a sold-out event with a highly engaged audience. If you would like to organize a screening that includes a discussion with OneReef founder Chris LaFranchi, please contact us at info@onereef.org. Chasing Coral is also now available on Netflix streaming. What can I personally do to […]