Our partner The Coral Islands (TCI), operating in the Conflict Islands of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, has, since CICI's conception, been an integral to support, growing and enable CICI to perform their conservation activities.
TCI hosts the conservation, education and research initiatives in the Conflict Islands,and provides accommodation, food, transport,equipment,facilities and infrastructure.
At the peak of conservation TIC season employees over 18 dedicated staff to deliver initiatives to provide training and education to interns and volunteers, as well as local community and run the conservation efforts in country.
Supporting local communities with marine education programs and donations received from cruise ship activities TCI endeavors to promote local participation from the community at all levels.
Sea Shepherd has expanded its international marine conservation efforts, launching a new collaboration with Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative (CICI) to protect critically endangered turtles from poaching in the Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
About the Collaboration
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CICI has been unable to run their volunteer program and community outreach, resulting in a lack of funding to pay for rangers to protect the turtles and the thousands of eggs they will produce between November 2020 and February 2021.
As part of the anti-poaching campaign, Sea Shepherd will provide the funding that will allow for the recruitment of a team of eight rangers from the local community. These rangers will patrol the atoll’s 21 islands from poaching turtles during turtle nesting season 2020-21.
"Sea Shepherd is best known for our boots on the ground approach. However, we also fill voids and in this case, there is a group on the ground defending turtles. Due to COVID-19 there is a lack of funding and they need help so we, along with our supporters, become the enablers."
- Sea Shepherd Australia's Managing Director, Jeff Hansen
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Animal Assist is quite simply the culmination of years of successful fundraising, donor relations and advocacy roles. Casey has an unabated drive to support the front line in conservation and animal welfare. Over many years volunteering in animal welfare, both on home soil and in developing countries, she has gained a unique insight into the most effective ways to provide that support.
Being able to join forces with an experienced, passionate and motivated "dream team" ensures she is able to continue to evolve and to impact successfully and she is so happy to be sharing the journey with you!
Partnerships with Power
Internationally, plastic pollution and marine debris is one of the largest threats to our marine environments, exacerbated within third world countries, such as Papua New Guinea, where communities rely heavily upon the ocean for sustenance and a healthy ecosystem to produce food. Currently there are no recycling or garbage collection facilities in Milne Bay, the largest marine province of PNG, where the Conflict Island Atoll is located. The only way to remove the rubbish at this stage is to burn it, bury it or throw it into the ocean where it is out of sight.
It is CICI’s and Take 3’s mission to set up recycling systems on the islands, where collected plastics can be recycled into objects and sold to tourists visiting the islands or repurposed into fuel and gas to supplement wood stoves for villagers. Not only does this stop deforestation on these tiny island nations but it can provide additional income streams to the local people and motivation to do the right thing to help protect the natural environment.
The Conflict islands are located centrally between two of the most densely populated parts of Milne Bay, Alotau and Missima. With the generous support of Take 3, CICI have commenced the CICI Plastic Pollution Initiative. Staff of the Conflict Islands conduct a plastic collection every Saturday where marine debris from lighters and plastic water bottles to toothbrushes and sandals are found, not to mention the hundreds and thousands of pieces of microplastics in the sand and embedded in the soils of the island are collected and tallied. The volume of plastic varies with the seasons and winds, but we can remove between 10kgs to 500kgs of plastic waste from any of the 21 islands in a single clean up.
P&O is a major sponsor of everything we do here at CICI. Some of the great things we have been able to achieve
trained 17 Papua New Guinea Women to be PADI Divers
High quality pumps from Australia for our turtle nursery
Educational info-graphic sign boards for our turtle nursery