Assessing the impact of destructive fishing methods and practices on coastal fisheries and community livelihoods, and to provide recommendations on possible courses of action. The study analysed economic and social impacts by evaluating the current situation in Tarawa’s coastal communities.
The objectives of the survey were to:
(1) identify plant species presently causing problems, particularly in natural and semi-natural ecosystems; (2) identify species that, even though they are not presently a major problem, could spread more widely or are known to be problem species elsewhere;
(3) confirm the absence of species that are a problem elsewhere and, if introduced to Kiribati, could be a threat there;
(4) make appropriate recommendations.
This dataset holds two reports
* draft document outlining the operation and progress of a scheme that trialed waste collection in Tarawa which involved the free distribution of green garbage bags for collection by the Tarawa council.
* An assessment of the impact of the South Tarawa Greenbag scheme on the life of the Nanikai landfill.
The Kiribati Chemical and Waste Management Advice and Banaba Reconnaissance consultancy was undertaken from 15–29 July 2008. The consultancy was necessary due to several hazardous waste management issues identified on Tarawa and Banaba since 2005.
The lagoon of Tarawa harbors the richest benthos documented for any Pacific atoll. The biota is strongly influenced by its setting in the equatorial upwelling zone and the unusual geomorphology of the atoll, with a submerged western rim, but largely closed and islet-strewn eastern and southern sides.
The purpose of this paper therefore is to describe aspects of the benthic ecology and biota of Tarawa Atoll and to consider how the unusual setting of the atoll has affected the bentho.