Our Marine Conservation Agreement
In 2010, OneReef began working with the Helen Reef community to help protect their reefs for future generations. We met with Thomas Patris, an avid fisherman, state governor, and part of the Helen Reef community. He co-led a pioneering local effort to stop illegal fishing at this remote coral atoll, and by 2010 this effort was ready to develop robust international partnerships with the OneReef team.
OneReef connected Thomas with Barrett Walker, a successful entrepreneur and board member at the Alex C. Walker Foundation. Barrett is an ocean lover with a flair for market-based solutions, and has a keen interest in Asia-Pacific cultures and the environment. He is clearly focused on measurable impact that he can see with his own eyes.
By engaging the local community with such global partners, OneReef is working to protect Thomas’ atoll from poaching. The right resources, scientific monitoring of progress, and an approach that gives respect to all involved yet the community in the driver’s seat.