Our Marine Conservation Agreement
Through OneReef’s coordination, Rohsa made a formal commitment to work with local government and conservation organizations under a co-management arrangement to design and implement a management plan – investing his own resources and exercising his traditional authority.
As a first step, our science partners at Scripps Institution of Oceanography performed a baseline assessment of the reefs. They concluded that overfishing is a major threat to Ant Atoll’s pristine resources, but that reef populations are healthy enough to recover if no-fishing bans are implemented in the next 3 years.
Together, we are building a robust enforcement and management strategy to protect Ant Atoll and recover its pristine reef. Rohsa personally hired conservation officers to live on Ant Atoll and patrol for illegal fishing boats, allowing for constant protection and enforcement. OneReef has provided enforcement training, scientific expertise, and capacity training.