Maskelynes Islands Mooring and Reef cleanup Project
Maskelynes Islands Mooring and Reef cleanup Project
The Maskelynes Islands have extensive coral reef areas and where some parts are protected under the traditional management system. the pristine environmental ecosystem and the good achorage wihtin the islands had brought increase interest of yaughts. The proposed project intends to prevent damage to the reefs of the Maskelynes Islands from two major threats; coral damage caused by anchoring yachts and coral damage caused by crown of thorns starfish. By addressing the above mentioned environmental problems the project also intends to enhance tourism in the Maskelyne Islands.

The project intends to construct three yacht moorings in the bay of Avohk Island to offer visiting yachts safe and secure moorings that do not require anchoring and do not compromise the coral reefs. The project also intends to facilitate a multi day crown of thorns cleanup campaign, to be carried out by the Maskelyne islanders on the extensive areas of coral reef that surround the islands. Information drawn from the project will help to provide information to addressing coral reef protection from predation and destructives threats such as yaughtingxs.
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Project Snapshot

Maskelyne Tourism Association
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 29,344.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 7,296.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 22,439.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Community empowering when they are taking responsibility on coral reef ecosystem monitoring and management in their local areas. for sustainable management of coral reef ecosystem in reducgin threats to coral reefs, there will be establishment of a new infrastructure the mooring for yaught anchorage and community capacity to manage the establishemnt of the mooring and managemnt on the use of the yaught so it brings income to the local community. And when the structure set to bring income generating, the communities be well able to communicate the intention of the moorings to users and collect the fees from users. The project will provide training to the committee in the collection of fees and managing the funds as a small bisness for the sustainable management of the coral reef in Maskelynes.
Policy Impact
Lessons generated from the clean up of the coral predator will contribute to the coral reef policy of coral reef ecosystem management with active participation of local communities.
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Ms. Sherryl Mahina Ulufia


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