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MARINE PROGRAM

Conservation Society of Pohnpei’s Marine Program helps to establish and manage Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and combines elements of traditional marine resource management with modern scientific methods to empower local communities to protect Pohnpei’s fragile marine biodiversity.

Shark School in Fiji

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Shark School in Fiji

In 2012 Conservation Society of Pohnpei launched the shark campaign. The Traditional Leadership Council (Mwoalen Wahu Ihleile en Pohnpei) signed a declaration supporting the creation of all necessary shark laws and the establishment of a Micronesia Shark Sanctuary. CSP was able to reach out to all elementary schools in Pohnpei, the three public high schools and both national and state campuses of College of Micronesia. Meetings and workshops were held for political leaders of Pohnpei to understand the importance of sharks in our waters....

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Marine Protected Area Network

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Marine Protected Area Network

There are eleven Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that have been designated by law. CSP currently works in close collaboration with seven of these areas: Nahtik and Kehpara in Kitti, Dehpek/Takaieu and Mwand (Dekehos) in U, Sapwitik in Net, and Namwen Na and Namwen Nanhngih in Madolenihmw. The goal is to establish a collaborative MPA management network. This entails the building of community support for the MPAs, the education of citizens to improve their compliance, and the development of the capacity of conservation enforcement officers to impose the established rules and regulations.

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MPA Creation, Management & Monitoring

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MPA Creation, Management & Monitoring

The ultimate aim of CSP's Marine Program is to assist the Pohnpei State Government, the municipal governments, and the local communities in developing sound management for all of the inshore habitats and resources within state waters. Currently, the program’s main focus is the creation, management, and monitoring of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) network, including Grouper Spawning and Aggregation (SPAG); fish and coral monitoring; and community outreach and involvement.

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And Atoll Biosphere Reserve

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And Atoll Biosphere Reserve

After countless hours of hard work, the partnership between the Nanpei Family, UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) program, and Pohnpei State Government finally paid off. And Atoll was finally nominated becoming the nation’s 2nd Biosphere Reserve following Utwe/Walung Biosphere Reserve in Kosrae. And Atoll is one of the most significantly unique islands in Micronesia. The reserve will contribute to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity. On a global scale, the oceanic islands of the FSM are home to some of the most biologically diverse coral reefs in the world.

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Seagrass Monitoring

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Seagrass Monitoring

Seagrass monitoring has been carried out on Pohnpei since 2001 by Mr. Ahser Edwards (COM-FSM). In 2007, as part of our expanding role in the protection of Pohnpei’s marine resources, CSP partnered with Mr.Edwards at the two existing seagrass sampling sites, Ipwal-Sokehs and Rohi-Kitti, and added a new site, the Marine Protected Area of Sapwitik Island. As part of this expansion CSP and partners added a sea grass monitoring project to the monitoring program in association with SeagrassNet.

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Sustainable Livelihood Development

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Sustainable Livelihood Development

CSP continues its aim in promoting alternative economic development with MPA communities. CSP completed yet another great year in 2006, in close partnership with the Marine Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP), through working with community members in establishing and maintaining sponge farms.

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