What We Do

We are implementing a unique approach to advance adaptive management and conservation in Micronesian outer islands. We combine modern science, education and human services to assist the communities of the outer islands achieve their goals of self-sufficiency and to protect their marine resources.



Our Approach

One People One Reef is a unique solution to ocean management and conservation.  We work in collaboration with with outer island communities to bring traditions and modern science together in a revolutionary approach to sustainable ocean management.

Micronesian Outer islanders from the remote atolls of the Yap and Chuuk outer islands in the western Pacific have sustainably managed their oceans for centuries, even millennia. Their culture, traditions and livelihoods  are  intimately linked to the reefs that surround their islands. However, their future is threatened by rapid environmental and cultural change. In 2010, they recognized a decline in fish populations and reef health, along with human health challenges. They asked for help to learn more about how to manage a sustainable food supply from their oceans in the face of these changes, a critical issue for their present and future wellbeing.  We are a team of scientists who came together to respond to the outer islanders call for assistance. Our response was a revolutionary approach that lets communities lead through traditional management backed by modern science. Explore our website to learn more about our program’s history, approach, and what makes us unique.

One People One Reef works closely with Bluecology, whose mission is to preserve marine wildlife and ecosystems through community-based programs which foster informed choices that will reduce adverse human impact on the marine environment.

For it is true that the ocean unites us and brings us together, but the reef sustains us in so many ways.

-Sabino Sauchomal