Ailan Awareness Inc. (AA) was founded in 1993 and became a registered NGO in 2000. The main objectives of AA are marine conservation and sustainable fisheries. The sustainable fisheries component focuses on community based fisheries and marine resource management plans that retain traditional values and ownership while incorporating modern science. The aim of this is to balance protection with the economic sustainability of their marine resources.
AA has engineered a unique approach to sustainable fisheries conservation. By empowering coastal communities to manage the marine resources they depend upon, AA aims to protect both the people and reefs of New Ireland for future generations. AA works directly with local people and also collaborates with local and national government agencies, conservation NGOs, and international institutions, in order to maximise the potential of its efforts and to better protect New Ireland’s people and reefs.