Kosrae's reef, one of the most pristine hard coral reefs in the world, is protected by over 50 mooring buoys.
The installation of the buoys was a joint community project. Realizing that island life is dependent on the reef, the community (dive operators, local fishermen, resource managers, and other individuals) created the Mooring Buoy Project Team in 1995.
The project took 2 years to complete and was successful because of the active participation and support of many private and state organizations as well private individuals that donated materials and many hundreds of hours of labor.
The buoys are suitable for small to medium size boats and may be used by anyone in the community. In addition to protecting Kosrae's pristine hard corals from destructive anchoring practices, the buoys provide secure anchoring sites for increased boating safety.
As the years have gone by, the mooring system has continued to evolve. The photos to the right show that we have replaced the shackle pictured above with a loop spliced in the bottom end of the line, and passed through itself to secure the line. We have also added a float about 15 feet (5 meters) above the pin to keep the downline from touching coral during low tide.
Two other refinements added this year are a two pound lead weight fastened about 15 feet from the surface on the downline to keep slack line from floating on the surface and attaching a recycled bottle to the downline to mark the mooring location in the event that a buoy comes loose.
5 new pins were installed in 2007 and many pickup lines and downlines were replaced.
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