Into the Islands with Dan Ho: The Palauans Come to Guam and Saipan

Written by Kate Robinson on . Posted in Learn


Editor’s Note: As world leaders are gathered in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio +20, the topics of healthy oceans, reefs and fish stocks are among the items on the agenda. With these issues in mind, today, Planet Change is sharing the second episode of an occasional video series produced by a one-man crew telling stories of people and conservation, as well as climate change, in island communities. Catch up on episode one. 

As part of his one-man video project to document the Micronesia Challenge, Dan Ho is traveling around the islands of Micronesia, showing how this commitment is playing out in the everyday lives of the people involved.

In the Part 1 video above, Dan goes fishing with the locals in Palau. And then, he travels with the Palauan fisherman from Episode One to Guam and Saipan and experiences fishing in the Marianas Islands.

Check out Part 2 to learn about traditional navigational skills of the islanders and hear some frank conversation about the issues facing Micronesia.

When they don’t catch many fish on film, Dan’s boss tells him to shoot more video – and hope that more fish will materialize in Part 3.

The episode concludes with thoughts about Guam’s past and future with a local conservation leader.

Stay tuned to Planet Change for future installments of Into the Islands, exploring marine monitoring, primordial forests and the effects of sea level rise on island communities.


Kate Robinson is a Climate Change Marketing volunteer at The Nature Conservancy.

Photo by Jez O’Hare (The Rock Islands in the Republic of Palau).

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