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SOSF and MSF Shark Education in Micronesia

12th December 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 children of Yap with Finny

The children of Yap with Finny

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.