My Micronesian Connection

 My Micronesia Connection



Coral Reefs in Micronesia: Pohnpei (report)

Toward Ant Atoll
Coral Dredging at Ohwa
This is a photo taken during low tide of the outer reef that circles the island of Pohnpei. In the distance is Ant Atoll. This entrance to the lagoon is protected by a restriction on fishing.
Photo taken from Ohwa facing out toward the outer barrier reef. In the background, at the left, is where coral is currently being dredged for road construction on the island of Pohnpei.
Nan Madol Coral Reef
Weekend Fishing with Canoe
Nan Madol was built at a very strategic location on the island where the coral reef played a very important ceremonial role in Pohnpei society.  This is the ancient swimming pool where rituals were performed. The Pohnpei canoe is specifically designed for use on coral reefs. The signature design of a flat bow/stern is particularly suited for fishing in a coral reef environment.  This photo shows a group who fishes during their weekends to supplement their food supply.
Canoe Travel in 1950
Coral Reef Recreation
When I was a child in the 1950, canoes were also a very useful means of transportation. Today the canoe is rarely used as a family's primary transportation. This picture was taken in the early 1950s and shows a canoe with an outboard motor attached. Pohnpei is a very popular scuba diving destination.  Gary Gardell, a missionary that teaches part-time at Ohwa Christian HS, is enjoying the coral reef inside the Ant Atoll.  The shell shown in the picture was returned to the reef even though it did not contain a living mollusk.

Originally created in 2005


See Report: The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the Federated States of Micronesia