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And that is a wrap for the 2019 Ulithi Youth Action Program! 💙 2 weeks full of highlights from camping ⛺ on Geilop 🏝️ to observe turtles nesting 🐢, exploring the pristine reef of Yaelil 🤯✨, talking trash 🚮 (surveys) with @oceandebrismanagement, coral surveys 💪, as well as scratching the tip of the coconut palm learning about the incredibly deep and practical traditional knowledge of our outer islander ancestors. Oh, and let’s not forget our friendships made and our lifelong connections to the Ulithian and Woleaian communities. It’s not good bye, it’s fatoot ngaligich! 💚 #onepeopleonereef #micronesia #micronesiaconservation

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One (of unusually many) groups that will be out this summer is our youth program which is made up of 8-10 youth from Ulithi, 8 youth from the US, and this year, we’re so excited 🙌 to have 2 youth from Woleai Atoll. The students work together on tackling various science projects💪🔬, like monitoring the spread of a weedy coral across the reef, issues surrounding marine debris, and the recovery of a reef following changes in management strategies by the community. They also learn about coral reef ecology, field methods for data collection, and about all the other work going on while ALSO participating community service work (gardening 🌱🌱🌱 this year!)

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Our team in California is gearing up for another visit to our Ulithian collaborators like Chief Ike of Asor in Ulithi and his community. We’re going to listen, and hear more about the scientific studies they would like done on their islands and reefs so they can be better informed when making resource management decisions. We’ll also be wrapping up some studies, continuing our reef monitoring surveys, and starting some new projects too! More info on those to come! 🤙#micronesia#Ulithi #conservation#science

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Partnering with Island Conservation and UFCAP on Loosiep Island Restoration

On Ulithi Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, the local community, the Ulithi Falalop Community Action Program (UFCAP), Island Conservation, and One People One Reef (OPOR) are coming together to remove invasive monitor lizard and rat populations. The Atoll is an important green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nesting site, as well as home to nesting boobies, […]