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Inspiring Tomorrow’s Ocean Leaders

August 20, 2014

2nd Place NOSB Winners

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How do we inspire students to be the future leaders and stewards of our oceans? One way is to hold an annual academic marine science competition that tests high school students on their knowledge of the marine sciences. That is …

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Something Fishy: Tongan Fishing…

August 18, 2014

Tongan Fishing Practices: Fish being sold at Vava'u fish market in Tonga.

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It’s 6am in Neiafu, Vava’u. We’re driving down to the wharf in the dark because at first light, local community fishing boats return from an evening of hard work offshore.  As another spectacular sunrise emerges from the low hills surrounding …

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Foundation Delves into Education…

August 15, 2014

Education Research: Tonga students listened intently to the new information being provided during the coral reef seminar.

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After our GRE research mission last September, we decided to return to conduct education research – another Foundation’s first. The willingness of the Tongans and overwhelming outpouring for coral reef education, not only from the government, but from local communities …

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Conversations with Tongan Fishermen: …

August 13, 2014

Tonga fishing vessels lined up at the Vava'u fish market dock.

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This past month, we’ve been having a lot of conversations with fishermen in Tonga. Here is a short summary of what we’ve been hearing. Fishing in Tonga targets reef fish and pelagic fish species, as well as other reef organisms …

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Working Together

August 11, 2014

Tuna are cut up and sold at the Vava'u fish market in Tonga.

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Over the past two weeks we’ve been meeting up with local leaders and fishers of the Vava’u island group in Tonga. The shallow-water reefs and lagoons surrounding the islands provide a vital source of protein for local people. The sharing …

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Island Education

August 8, 2014

The younger children were eager to learn about coral reefs.

Written by Toni Saul It is early morning as we make our way on circuitous dirt and pothole roads, dodging a menagerie of farm animals from the tiniest piglet to unbridled horses and cows. We petition friendly locals for fine-tuned …

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Turn of the Tide

August 6, 2014

Fish caught in the tidal net at Koloa.

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Today as the sun came up we made our way to the west side of the Vava’u archipelago. After about twenty minutes in the car we reached the small town of Koloa and turned down a narrow track that petered …

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Fish with a Roof over their Heads

August 4, 2014

The current fish market in Vava'u consists of coolers in the open air.

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The Tonga fishers of Vava’u have recently come together to form a fishing association.  As part of this effort, the fisheries department in Tonga agreed to give the fishing organization a building next to the government fisheries office. And this …

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Back in Tonga

August 1, 2014

Tonga fisherman selling their catch in Vava'u.

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We are thrilled to send you this update! We’ve been pretty quiet over the last few months as we’ve been hunkered down crunching data from previous research expeditions. However, we’re in the field now and ready to send blogs and …

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Scientist hard at work

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Our scientists sure work really hard when aboard the M/Y Golden Shadow.  Here are some shots of them in action. SHARE THIS:

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