Misool Marine Reserve: protects 300,000 acres of the world's richest reefs.
"There is greater biodiversity — that is to say, a larger number and greater diversity of fish, coral, and mollusks — on these reefs than anywhere on earth. A single football field-sized patch of Misool’s reefs has nearly five times the number of coral species as the entire Caribbean Sea."*
-Dr. Mark Erdmann, marine biologist, coral reef ecologist, and Vice President of Conservation International’s Asia-Pacific marine programs
**The Caribbean is 2.75 million square kilometers, or roughly the size of Argentina and Kazakhstan, and only slightly smaller than India.
Rampant shark finning and unchecked destructive fishing were destroying some of the most important and bio-diverse reefs on earth. In 2005, a powerful partnership between local communities and private enterprise (Misool Eco Resort) resulted in the creation of the region's first No-Take Zone.
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Misool Foundation has since expanded and now protects a 300,000 acres/1220 sq km Marine Reserve at the heart of global marine biodiversity. The Reserve is comprised of 2 distinct No-Take Zones and a linking restricted-gear blue water corridor. The Misool Marine Reserve, which is nearly twice the size of Singapore, is leased directly from the local villages.
Inside the two No-Take Zones, all extractive practices are prohibited. No fishing, no collecting turtle eggs, no reef bombing, no cyanide fishing, no netting, and no shark finning is allowed. Visitors to Misool remark on the incredible diversity of the reefs, and fishermen working outside the Misool Marine Reserve report better catch.
The lease area includes the sea and reefs, as well all the islands such as Kalig, Yillet, Boo, Fiabacet, Batbitim, Kanim, Sapenipnu, Jef Gelu, and Warakaraket.
misool ranger patrol
With a permanent staff of 15, Misool Foundation has its base camp at its sister resort, Misool. 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.
our marine reserve is working
A recent scientific survey analyzed fish biomass at several sites within the Misool Marine Reserve, comparing data from 2007 and 2013. The sites included many of Misool's most popular dive sites such as Nudi Rock and Daram. On average, the biomass increased by 250% over just 6 years. On some key sites, recovery surpassed 600%.
A separate 2012 study established that there are 25 times more sharks inside the Misool Marine Reserve than directly outside of it.
Oceanic Manta sightings have also increased 25-fold between 2010 and 2016.