News & events

Pohnpei School Visit

April 23-26, 2012

Time to pack our kits; 1000 shark books, prizes and shark outfits and fly to the enchanting island of Pohnpei and meet more than 650 fifth graders in various schools around the island. Tova Harel Bornovski, president of the Micronesian Shark Foundation, Timothy Oikong AKA Shark Ranger Tim, and Ken Tarkong AKA Finny flew last week to Pohnpei to continue the shark education program in the Micronesian region. With local support from Conservation Soceiety Pohnpei; Mary-Linda Salvador and Angel Johnathan, the group went to 12 schools in Pohnpei and conducted the shark program to fifth graders.

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Shark Week 2012

March 14-21, 2012

Palau Shark Week 10th annual event started. Many divers came from all over the world and joined a fantastic shark diving! Shark mating behavior was observed as well as numerous sharks in each dive. Vice president of the Republic of Palau opened officially the event and many local dignitaries came for the opening. The evenings seminars are open for everyone and many locals come to listen to the most interesting lectures by: Dr. Charlie Huveneer, Dr. Conrad Speed, Tova Harel Bornovski, Angelo Villagomez, and Dr. Drew Richardson.

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Yap School Visit

Dec. 3-6, 2011

The Micronesian Shark Foundation partnered with SOSF to continue its pilot education program throughout the Micronesian region. The program has been very successful in Palau for the last two years and the idea of expanding to other islands of the Micronesian Region became a reality early December 2011. The first island chosen was Yap, a state of Federated States of Micronesia. Even though Yap is less than 300 miles away from Palau, there is a vast difference between the two islands; economically, traditionally and education-wise. The children of Yap do not get many visiting school programs such as the Shark school program.

The Micronesian Shark Foundation partnered with SOSF to continue its pilot education program throughout the Micronesian region. The program has been very successful in Palau for the last two years and the idea of expanding to other islands of the Micronesian Region became a reality early December 2011. The first island chosen was Yap, a state of Federated States of Micronesia. Even though Yap is less than 300 miles away from Palau, there is a vast difference between the two islands; economically, traditionally and education-wise. The children of Yap do not get many visiting school programs such as the Shark school program. Meet Finny, the funny shark that tell shark jokes, dances and shakes children hands, and Shark Ranger Tim, the serious guy that tells the children the importance of sharks to our reefs and eco-system.

Tova Harel Bornovski, the president of the Micronesian Shark Foundation, Finny and Tim flew in early December to the islands of Yap. The group visited all fifth graders in Yap and was welcomed warmly by Yap children. Finny made an entrance to the classes and the children loved him. The shark cartoon book was a big hit and the children eyes sparkled when they opened the book. The shark drawing competition is open for all Micronesian kids with several prizes to be won on March 2012.

Tova met with senators and legislative members to emphasize the importance of passing the law of shark protection in Yap and declaring it a Shark Sanctuary. With the future in the children and the support of the legislation branch, the Micronesian Shark Foundation is hoping to cover more areas of its region with shark protection.

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Contact Us

Micronesian Shark Foundation
P.O. Box 964
Koror, PW 96940
Republic of Palau

Tel: +680 488 2637
Fax: +680 488 5418

Email: info@msfpalau.org