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  • Create Date January 11, 2023
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The LMMA is located in Hoskins LLG in Kimbe Bay near Hoskins airport. The people of Ward 5 in the villages of Valoka, Kolo and Kavutu established the LMMA with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy to protect their marine area and provide for the sustainable livelihoods of customary landowners and to protect against the effects of climate change. All three villages are part of the Nakanai tribe. The LMMA extends three miles from the coastline (see below) and protects Papala reef to the north and Vulai Island (see next page) and extends south to Bakaku reefs. There are several islands in the inner reefs, which are used only for fishing. The area is accessed by road from Kimbe and by boat.