Steamships supports turtle conservation

Image credit: Hayley Versace
Image credit: Hayley Versace
In December last year, Steamships Trading Company donated 12,000 Kina to the Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative Trust ("CICI"). The Conflict Islands boast an incredibly rich natural habitat, with extensive coral areas and a marine biodiversity that surpasses the Great Barrier Reef. They also host nesting grounds for hawksbill and green sea turtles, which are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as critically endangered and endangered respectively – although neither species is protected under Papua New Guinean law. With turtle populations being driven to local extinction due to unsustainable use and take, the Conflict Islands may be one of the turtles' last safe refuges.

First charted and named by Captain Bower of HMS Conflict in 1880, the islands in the Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province sit around a 22-kilometre-long lagoon. Steamships has a historical connection to the archipelago, having owned copra plantations there from 1945-1966, as part of a portfolio of rubber, cocoa, and coconut plantations across the Territory of Papua at that time.
Steamships staff is proud to be part of turtle and marine conservation efforts in PNG.
Steamships staff is proud to be part of turtle and marine conservation efforts in PNG.
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