NUKU’ALOFA-October 13: 4.45pm (R2R MEDIA): Students from the Sea Education Association of the United States of America today today visited the mangrove planting site at Hoi Village and also planted seedlings at the new site.
The team, who are here on the Robert Seaman vessel, took a tour of the site with Hoifua Aholahi, the R2R project’s mangrove specialist.
It was an exciting tour with the students learning a lot about mangroves and the replanting project here.
On the site the students planted new mangrove plants.
Mr Ahoilahi was also able to help them understand the work that is being done and what the mangrove program includes, especially in working with the different communities around the Fanga’uta Lagoon.
The students leave Tonga for Fiji on Saturday and will finish off their current tour in New Zealand before they return to America.
Another team also joined the R2R marine monitoring team on their annual monitoring of the Fanga’uta Lagoon.
On Thursday night the team hosted the R2R team from the Department of Environment for dinner on their study vessel.