Polynesian Voyaging Society crew members recently explored the only true tropical reef in the U.S. National Marine Sanctuary System, diving into the thriving waters of Fagatele Bay. The dive marks the first time the Polynesian Voyaging Society is “taking their voyage underwater” to show what a healthy ocean can look like. They were just south of the newly expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, approved by President Barack Obama on September 25.
Beginning with Hawaiʻi and French Polynesia, the Society Islands, and now Sāmoa, Worldwide Voyage crews are documenting inspiring local efforts to return to or expand traditional practices. On each of these islands, local governments and communities created “Mālama Honua” declarations identifying local actions that can increase the health of the larger Pacific Ocean that connects diverse islanders. These Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage “stories of hope” provide locally inspired models for protecting the ocean for all future generations.
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