Explore picture-perfect Yap and celebrate the launch of a marine surveillance platform and program with the local community of Nimpal.
The blue waters and palm trees of Nimpal, on the island of Yap, may look like an idyllic dream, but for members of the community, it’s home.
Villagers on Yap have retained their culture and traditions, like the popular stick dance.
Community leaders sign documents creating the marine surveillance platform and program.
Nimpal villagers prepare coconuts to serve at the celebration protecting the reef and its fish.
The poaching surveillance platform, to be anchored on the reef, allows young community members to ensure the fish that provide their food and livelihood will be protected, now and for future generations.
Thomas Gorong played an important role in creating the marine protected area and in launching its poaching surveillance platform. “Our community relies on the reef,” he says.
The sun sets over the Nimpal surveillance platform. Protected areas are now being instituted across Micronesia.