The year was 1980 when Tisa Faamuli began the cleanup and healing of the Alega village environment. Trash dumping had infiltrated every eco-system and was the first major problem to overcome.
Tisa founded the Alega Marine Sanctuary to spearhead this effort. Directed by Tisa, the village of Alega banned sand and coral mining, the use of motor boats and anchors which tear up the reef and destroy the fish habitat, as well as the use of dynamite and poisons for fishing. Alega encourages indigenous fishing methods using paopao with bamboo poles and naturally available bait. The Sanctuary is patrolled regularly against poaching.
The Alega reserve, through the dedication of many, has been a resounding success. A plethora of species have returned once more to the bay. Turtles have returned to nest on Alega's beach. Marine scientists have made studies of Alega Marine Sanctuary's regeneration and believe that 80% of the natural species have been restored.
In addition to the goal of conserving and protecting the natural habitat at Alega Marine Sanctuary, we have the goal of education: educating other communities how to start Marine Sanctuaries to protect our beautiful islands and education on indigenous fishing seasons and methods.