13 December 2019
The PNG Marine Conservation Initiative aims to significantly advance the geographic scope and effectiveness of marine conservation programs and humanitarian aid delivery across the eastern Coral Triangle, while providing a platform for scientists, photographers, medical personnel and government agencies to access these remote island archipelagos and further their work.
The PNG Marine Conservation team of scientists will continue monitoring and documenting the marine biodiversity of this incredible region and assist the PNG Government to meet its national and international conservation targets.
The PNG Marine Conservation Initiative 2020 is a collaboration between the Coral Sea Foundation and our partners at PNG Yacht Services, Melanesian Luxury Yacht Services, and the PNG Centre for Locally managed Areas, and will operate in area that stretches 1,700 kilometres across the Papua New Guinea and Solomon island archipelagos.
Craig De Wit from PNG Yacht Services has donated his vessel, the 24-metre Golden Dawn, at cost for the Foundation’s use in 2020.
Golden Dawn is equipped with the latest Iridium Certus satellite internet system and a significant digital media stream will be generated during expeditions. She has full scuba and nitrox dive capability, twin tenders, a 1,200 kilometre range and accommodation for 10 personnel and six crew.
The Coral Sea Foundation is now inviting expressions of interest from individuals, organisations and corporate entities that wish to support the PNG Marine Conservation Initiative 2020 or participate in their planned expeditions.
Platinum Donors with a minimum $8,000 support will be allocated use of a twin-share ensuite cabin onboard Golden Dawn in order to join an expedition of their choice and experience diving and active marine conservation operations in the eastern Coral Triangle biodiversity hotspot.