On behalf of the whole Sea Women of Melanesia team and all our partner communities in PNG and Solomon Islands, we are absolutely thrilled and tremendously grateful to have been awarded the Ocean Tribute Award 2020 at the Blue Motion Night held at Boot Dusseldorf in January 2020. We would like to say a massive "Thank-You" to the award sponsors, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Boot Dusseldorf, the German Ocean Foundation, and SeaBob.
The development of the Sea Women of Melanesia program has been a fantastic team effort over the last 4 years involving multiple organisations and more than 100 people, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our major funding partners in Australia, the Unico Conservation Foundation and the Jock Clough Marine Foundation, and our program delivery partners at the Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative in PNG and Dive Munda in Solomon Islands with contributions from P&O Cruises Australia, PADI Australia and SSI International.
The prize-money from the Ocean Tribute Award could not have come at a more opportune time, as we have just launched our PNG Marine Conservation Initiative 2020 and are looking to deliver an ambitious program of 5 expeditions across the eastern Coral Triangle during the course of the year. Our Sea Women of Melanesia Director and PNG's first female Dive Instructor, Naomi Longa, will be onboard and we are looking forward to extending the Sea Women training program and our marine conservation assistance to many new communities across this critically important marine biodiversity area.
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