Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Crissy Huffard

Conservation International Indonesia

Marine Conservation Science in West Papua: Technology, Transects, and Tradition

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Wednesday — June 23, 2010
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

The Indonesian province of West Papua forms the Coral Triangle’s epicenter, boasting nearly 1500 species of reef-fishes and 600 species of hard coral. At the same time, this area hosts tremendous fish biomass, oil, natural gas, mineral deposits, and adjacent steep old-growth rainforest. To protect marine resources and ecosystem health for local communities, a marine-protected area network is being established, including large no-take zones chosen by traditional tenure holders.  Currently working for Conservation International Indonesia, Crissy will discuss how local knowledge and modern technology are being used to support adaptive ecosystem-based management, build scientific capacity, and strengthen traditional conservation practices.

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