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Conservation Chat - Misool

Misool Private Island Resort
Misool Island Resort is a true tropical hideaway, located in the remote islands of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, lying just south of the equator and fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 40 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, Misool offers exclusive adventure holidays and transformative experiences in pristine nature.

Conservation Misool:
Misool Conservation Centre was created by a group of passionate divers and nature lovers to align the objectives of sustainable tourism and marine conservation. Misool has its own established Marine Protected Area, effectively protecting 1.220 sq km of the world’s richest reefs together with the local villages. This creates unparallel wildlife experiences for guests while maintaining healthy fish stocks for neighbouring communities.

Without Misool’s dedicated Ranger Patrol, the 1220 sq km Marine Protected Area would be just another paper-park. Their charitable foundation, Misool Baseftin, manages two private No-Take Zones, entirely independent of any government support, and here is a rare conservation success story …….
Rampant shark finning and unchecked destructive fishing were destroying some of the most important and bio-diverse reefs on earth. In 2005, Misool and the local community reached an agreement to lease the island of Batbitim, which would become the site of the resort. Misool also leased a large area of sea surrounding the resort island. This contract evicted the itinerant shark-finners the area.
The Misool Foundation has since expanded and now protects a 300,000 acres/1220 sq km Marine Reserve at the heart of global marine biodiversity. This is nearly twice the size of Singapore. The Reserve is comprised of 2 distinct No-Take Zones and a linking restricted-gear blue water corridor.
The Marine Reserve is patrolled by a team of local Rangers, with backup from Marine Police. The Rangers move between the base camp and Ranger Stations on Yellit, Kalig, and Daram. The Rangers maintain constant vigilance over the Marine Reserve with physical patrols, radar, and drone surveillance. Misool Foundation and the Ranger Patrol do not receive any support from the Raja Ampat government or pin tag system.

The Misool Manta Projects:
Established in 2011, The Misool Manta Projects’ key objectives are to study, educate, inspire and protect. The Project teaches guests, engages local community members, and conducts critical research on both Oceanic mantas (Manta birostris) and Reef mantas (Manta alfredi). The Project also provides robust population data to the government, NGO’s, communities and conservationists. This data has been leveraged to push the protection of mantas and ensure the long-term survival of these charismatic megafauna as well as their habitat.

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