“It works!” This is the word from Riem Simon, project manager for Coastal Island Protection Service, a hands-on, get the job done program of improving shoreline barriers against encroaching ocean levels and general erosion.
Simon was referring to Bikirin Island on the north shore of Majuro Atoll, where over a year ago, rocks enclosed in discarded purse seine fishing nets were placed along the shoreline. From “before” and “after” photos, it appears the shoreline is doing well because of the placement of these barriers.
The coastal protection team is now working to clear portions of the island for use as a park. Koo’s Fishing Company and Majuro Mayor Ladie Jack (at right, in photo) are supporting the project with in-kind donations.
“Neal Skinner is our big supporter who’s been funding this project from the first, since 2014,” said Simon.