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Lagoon Day 2015

“Our Problem, Our Solution” was the theme of this years’ 8th annual Lagoon Day.  The event began in 2008 as an interactive, hands-on approach to raising awareness and educating our future leaders on the impacts that humans can have on … Continue reading

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A suprising and heart warming gift – Thanks Katikati Kindergarten

Last month I received a visit from Jizzy Green, a teacher at Katikati Kindergarten. Ms Green had been in touch via email to inform me of her visit, but nothing impacts more than meeting face to face. Ms Green had … Continue reading

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Giant clams – beautiful and endangered!

Today’s post is by Mareike Sudek, our ALMP Chief Science Officer. Mareike led the recent expedition to Aitutaki and has also recently surveyed other lagoons and reefs of the Cook Islands: Imagine diving down into the clear blue waters of … Continue reading

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Blue sea stars & green sea turtles

I am still regularly astonished at the bright colours of sea creatures here on the coral reefs and lagoon areas of Rarotonga. I grew up in a semi-arid steppe climate, where most animals are responsible shades of green, yellow, brown, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the recent youth debate

I (Tiffany) had the pleasure of attending the youth debate on deep-sea mining on Sunday evening, organized by the Te Ipukarea Society and the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority (see the initial TIS blog post here). I came away impressed … Continue reading

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Lavender beetles and new growth

Kia orana What an exciting time for PICI! It has been a full year, with much more to come. Like this hermit crab on Aroa beach, we’ve got a shell to fill and room to grow. Allow me to introduce … Continue reading

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A new era begins…

Today I will go to the airport to pick up our new Programme Manager, Mareike Sudek. The last 5 months have been pretty hectic here, holding down the programme, along with my other commitments. As the work on the Shark … Continue reading

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Shark sanctuary created, what next?

This past Wednesday saw the Minister of Marine Resources, the Hon Teina Bishop, declare all of the Cook Islands EEZ a shark sanctuary. One small statement for Minister Bishop, but a huge amount of work for PICI. This has not … Continue reading

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Project Updates- welcome back!

It’s been a few months since we updated our blog.   Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  PICI seems to be gaining momentum and setting some roots in the marine conservation arena.   Firstly, our Cook Islands Turtle Project (CITP) received … Continue reading

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Life in the 21st Century!

We are thrilled to announce that Telecom Cook Islands have connected our Turtle Biologist, in the extremely remote, Northern Atoll of Penrhyn!  Mike has been busy answering a myriad of emails, updating his Annual sea turtle report, working with the … Continue reading

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