Pohnpei, NCM 09005

March 27, 2013

(ALL INTERNAL, but LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS – CONTRACT ON FILE) Kirino Olpet, a local speargun fisherman and a Conservation Society of Pohnpei boat driver, fishing in the lagoon waters of Ant Atoll, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. Kirino searches for reef fish like parrot fish and trivali to feed his family, friends and colleagues. The fish that kirino has caught with his speargun is comonly know as a Yellowface anglefish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon). Life in Micronesia has been shaped by the islands’ remoteness and the rich resources of their lands and seas. Yet this dependence makes islanders especially vulnerable to environmental threats, such as rising sea levels, pollution, deforestation and unsustainable fishing. The Nature Conservancy is working with both local government and NGOs to conserve resources and meet the future needs of the population through a program known as the Micronesia Challenge. PHOTO CREDIT: © Nick Hall

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