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, clams, and many other essential food species. Nanwap is co-managed by 5 communities. The word “Nanwap” exemplifies partnership – it translates to “a place which brought the community together to share gifts.” In this spirit, the community rekindles our ancestors’ aspirations to ensure Nanwap reefs’ sustainability to continue to provide for the people.

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The Nahtik Marine Protected Area (MPA) encompasses Nahtik Island and fringing reefs, which serve as spawning habitat for several reef fish species, including humphead parrotfish, humphead wrasse, turtles, and sharks. The Nahtik MPA is about 0.29 square miles (185 acres) in total and is managed by 20 plus Community Conservation Officers (CCO’s) from 4 communities that have been working voluntarily as the eyes and ears of the Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW).

Read more about the Nahtik MPA.