85 % of coastal population lives directly off the ocean.

Fish Reef Project looks forward

to its upcoming project in Papua New Guinea. We understand that up to 85 % of coastal population lives directly off subsistence fishing and gathering. It is critical to maintain good reef health for the benefit of local communities and their food supply. Reefs can slow the effects of sea level and also be used to compensate Mother Nature for the tough effects that the previously used dynamite fishing strategy has on the marine ecosystem as well as the coming deep sea mining in Papua New Guinea.

What Efforts Are Being Done To Help Offset These Damages?

Local PNG Fishermen now understand the detrimental effects of dynamite fishing and have signed an agreement in 2016 to avoid this fishing strategy.

FRP has deployed a new marine enhancement reef in PNG

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Meet Our Local Team Leader

Dr. Wilfred Lus

PNG Voulnteer Coordinator

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Dr. Wilfred Lus is supporting the project’s mission to enhance the seafloor and its biomass through creation of artificial reefs which re-establishes and propagates coral habitats and fish populations and address food security and climate change in impacted communities in Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Lus has a BSc (Honours First Class) in Geology from University of Papua New Guinea, and a PhD in Earth Science from Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. He has worked as a geologist with CRA, Barrick Gold, and numerous other mineral exploration and mining companies.

Until recently, he was Chief Geologist at Petromin PNG Holdings and Director of Petromin subsidiary Eda Kopa (Solwara) Ltd. Eda Kopa holds 15% partnership with Nautilus Minerals for the Solwara 1 Deep Sea Mining Project in Bismarck Sea.

Dr. Lus holds the current record for the deepest manned submersible dive in PNG waters of 3000m onboard Japanese Marine Science & Technology Centre (JAMSTEC) manned submersible in the New Guinea Trench.

Wilfred grew up on Mushu Island where he spend his spare time after school spear fishing or surfing the waves off Karawap Point, near Wewak. His favorite plate is still dried red emperor fish and sago.

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