Want to help save turtles and sharks? New internship opportunities in PNG
Twenty years ago, a Rapid Biodiversity Assessment revealed the incredible biodiversity of the Conflict Island Atoll, documenting extensive areas of coral coverage and species diversity at an average of 220 species of fish per site, (higher than the Great Barrier Reef!).
Papua New Guinea was not a destination on my bucket list. And I’d never heard of the Conflict Islands, located 11 degrees from the Equator off the most easterly point of PNG mainland, part of Milne Bay Province and hailed as one of the world’s most complex and bio-diverse reef systems. The name wasn’t helping my enthusiasm. However, an offer of a seven-night P&O cruise on Pacific Eden with a friend to these islands, actually named for the naval survey boat HMS Conflict by the ship’s captain in 1880, was too tempting to resist.