News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int

 

Sail-World.com : OceansWatch needs volunteers to sail to the South Pacific

OceansWatch needs volunteers to sail to the South Pacific

'Solomon Islanders seek the help of OceansWatch volunteers'    .    Click Here to view large photo

Do you have a yen to go ocean sailing and lack only the opportunity? OceansWatch, a marine conservation and sustainable development charity founded in 2007 in New Zealand and now spread to Australia and the USA, undertakes marine conservation projects and offers humanitarian aid to coastal communities in developing countries, primarily in the South Pacific - and they are looking for volunteers.

NZ NGO to help save Pacific Island reef and fishery 2  Oceans Watch  
OceansWatch is joining forces with another Pacific Island community to establish a much needed Marine Protected Area (MPA) and management plan. OceansWatch are now recruiting for volunteers to travel by yacht to the Soloman Islands in 2012.

OceansWatch were approached by the Fenualoa Island community in the Temotu Province in the Solomon Islands.

The community and the charity first came together two years ago when help was needed to save their troubled fish stocks and their reef in 2010, OceanWatch CEO Chris Bone said.

'OceansWatch answered their call and helped them establish the goals for the communities and their fisheries,' he said.

The groups will work together with the Temotu Fisheries and Provincial Government to create the 30,000 hectare MMA (Marine Managed Area) over the next year.

OceansWatch will depart from Opua and Brisbane and sail up to the Solomon Islands where they will be based for 4 months. En route the yachts will stop for two weeks in Vanuatu for training, where one yacht will stay in Vanuatu for ongoing work.

Must be as remote as you can get - Temotu Province, Solomon Islands -  .. .  
'The yacht crews will consist of divers, marine biologists, community development specialists and skippers,' Mr Bone said. 'Volunteers who want to help communities in developing countries who have skills and a keen attitude to help can apply for a place on the trip as a volunteer.'

The 2012 project will focus on the creation of a network of ten no-take MPAs within a MMA surrounding Fenualoa Island. An MMA is much like a national park – an area protected and allowed to flourish.

'This is necessary for the sustainability of the fishery which provides the community with the bulk of their food, and for the protection of the precious reef ecosystem,' Mr Bone explained.

He added that protection of the world’s reefs is paramount to the health of our earth.

'As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increase and acidity in the oceans rise, the reefs are suffering damage and dying off. Reefs provide oxygen equal to rainforest (per square metre) through photosynthesis – so protection of reefs is protection of the world's oxygen supply.'

Solomons Temotu Province - noticed their drinking water getting saltier -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

The physical supplies and scientific input required to create such a huge area will be provided by OceansWatch, such a buoys and ropes.

OceansWatch and the community undertake surveys of their reef to analyse the changes in the reef and the state of the fisheries.

'This manual work is integral to the management of marine areas and is the key to the ongoing success of an MMA/MPA,' said Mr Bone.

'During the 2010 visit the community expressed concern about their water supply, which seemed to be getting saltier,' Mr Bone added.

The charity’s scientists undertook testing, which confirmed the high salinity of some of their drinking wells and this year, further research will be undertaken and the safest places for drinking water identified for the community.

Oceans Watch website




by Kim Renshaw/Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93853

10:47 PM Sun 12 Feb 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Cruising USA





Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons by Australian Maritime Safety Authority,




World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali by World Cruising Club,












World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,


Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida








The Boat Cookbook by BoatBooks,








World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali by World Cruising Club,










Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting by Captain John Jamieson, Florida


















The crowd-pleasing comforts of catamaran cruising
'Sailing Stones' of Death Valley seen in action for the first time
20 coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation!
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
How amazingly awe-inspiring the Arctic really is
Boaters urged to attend anchoring meetings next week in Florida
New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature
A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014
Where in the world are our strongest corals?
Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea
ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks
Helen Island, Palau -a beautiful and unique place
Barnacle Busting
From Penguins to Polar Bears
Cornell turns back from the North West Passage
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science
Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group   
NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel   
Positive news for cruising boats in Greece   
Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways   
Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging?   
Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage   
World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast   
Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution   
Galley Guys on the Malty Seas   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video   
Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure   
Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence   
Risks to penguin populations continues   
ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm   
Follow these tips when anchoring   
Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady   
North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south   
If all else fails read the instructions!!   
ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago   
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT