The Papua New Guinea LMMA Network was formed in 2002 and launched officially in 2003. Following six years under the support and guidance of the LMMA network with The Nature Conservancy as their partner, PNG created an independent not-for-profit organization to manage the network. In 2009, the PNG Centre for Locally Managed Areas, Inc. (PNGCLMA) was born and operates as an independent arm of the regional LMMA Network.
Their mission is to empower local communities to achieve their marine resource management goals by building their capacity in key LMMA management skills, providing a vehicle for sharing their stories and lessons, and supporting the establishment of key partnerships.
The PNGLMA issued its first newsletter in April,2012 stating that at this time there were 11 registered community members of PNGCLMA in three provinces.