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The Conflict Island Conservation Initiative (CICI) is a dedicated NGO that focuses on marine conservation within the Conflict Islands, located in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. CICI is deeply committed to preserving marine biodiversity and protecting endangered species through a range of impactful conservation programs and activities. Engaging in hands-on conservation work with Indigenous rangers, scientific research, community involvement, and education to protect these vital ecosystems for generations to come.


Shark finning remains a devastating practice, driven by the demand for shark fin soup in some cultures. This barbaric practice involves catching sharks, removing their fins, and discarding the rest of the body back into the ocean, leading to a significant decline in shark populations and disrupting marine ecosystems.

Plastic pollution poses another grave threat, with vast amounts of plastic waste entering our oceans each year. Marine animals, including sea turtles, mistake plastic debris for food, leading to ingestion and entanglement, often resulting in injury or death.

Coral bleaching poses a significant threat to the vibrant coral reefs surrounding the Conflict Islands. Triggered by rising sea temperatures and environmental stress, coral bleaching leads to the loss of symbiotic algae that give corals their color and energy. As a result, corals turn white and become more vulnerable to disease, potentially leading to widespread reef degradation. This jeopardizes the diverse marine life that depends on healthy reefs and disrupts the livelihoods of local communities relying on reef ecosystems.

Turtle poaching further exacerbates the decline of already threatened turtle species. Illegal harvesting of turtle eggs for consumption, as well as the killing of turtles for their meat, shells, and skin, are contributing to the dwindling populations of these ancient creatures.

Additionally, the illegal trade of endangered species continues to thrive, driven by demand for exotic pets, traditional medicines, and luxury goods. This illicit trade not only decimates populations of vulnerable species but also fuels organized crime and undermines conservation efforts.

Addressing these interconnected threats requires concerted efforts at local, national, and international levels. Through education, enforcement of regulations, sustainable practices, and community engagement, we can work towards safeguarding our marine ecosystems and ensuring a sustainable future for all species that call the ocean home.



Protecting the World’s Most Endangered Species

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