2017 Youth Action Plan Project

We enthusiastically  announce our third year of partnering with Bluecology to bring a dynamic team of students, educators, and researchers with us to Ulithi in 2017. The team will  work  together  with community leaders, local students and the OPOR science team to assist with the second stage of developing an action plan for youth leadership.  This year, we are thrilled to have Eva Salas, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz.  Eva’s PhD is in coral reef ecology and fish population structure, and she worked collaboratively with the OPOR science team on Ulithi 2016. She is a wealth of information and an enthusiastic scientist and educator. We will also have local leadership from Justine, a teacher on Ulithi,  who will be facilitating the local youth team.  The  Youth Program in Micronesia will take place June 9-28, with a tentative second program June 23 – July 12.

The Youth Action Plan project was created in response to community’s view that  an education focus  on sustainable ocean management  should include their youth.  The Youth Action Plan project  will be sponsored annually and  will include topics of concern and interest  particular to young people in Ulithi as well as globally.

John B Rulmal Jr wins 2016 CORAL Conservation Prize!

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Congratulations Junior!

Our 2016 CORAL Conservation Prize Winner
John B Rulmal Jr is passionate, driven and dedicated. He is one of the inspirational visionaries making remarkable advancements in reef conservation and management along with his community on the Ulithi Atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. CORAL is pleased to honor Mr. Rulmal and his community and will present the $20,000 award later this month. We will share stories and photos from his visit to the Bay Area in the October E-Current.

Ultihi Team visiting Santa Cruz!

The local team for Ulithi Atoll will be visiting California to talk about their award winning work along with the Santa Cruz Science team! come hear how they are changing the way coral reef conservation is achieved…

Thursday 22 September 2016
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Upcoming events!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up for those in the Santa Cruz, California and around the Bay Area.
Jan 28th

Project Leader, Nicole Crane, is January’s special speaker at the UC Santa Cruz Science on Tap series.

It is at 7 pm Jan 28 at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, California.More information can be found at the UC Santa Cruz Science on Tap website: https://sites.google.com/site/ucscwise/events/science-on-tap From the Science on Tap series website:

Nicole Crane will discuss her team’s unique approach to supporting ocean management in one of the most bio-diverse coral reef systems in the world-–the outer islands of Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia.   They are working closely with outer islanders to better understand traditional management and fishing, and using that knowledge to inform ecological data collection efforts.  What is learned from the reefs is integrated with what is learned from the people to better understand the problems, and help frame solutions.  Ultimately the management planning is up to the people of the outer islands – the science team helps inform them, and can assess the management impacts. Nicole will discuss the culture and traditions of the Outer Islanders, and present the results of the research they have been conducting there.  This unique Project has sparked a movement across the outer islands for people to take action for cultural and ecological stability.  Visit their website at onepeopleonereef.ucsc.edu

Project Leader, Nicole Crane will be giving a seminar at Moss Landing Marine Labs. It is open to all. More details will follow!
One People One Reef will be presenting at two conferences in the Bay area this spring:
Feb 12th in San Jose at the Citizen Science Association meetings, in association with AAAS.  here is a link:
March 29th in Oakland at the 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites