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Misool Baseftin Quarterly Newsletter
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Welcome to Misool Baseftin's Quarterly Newsletter. This quarter: 

  • Discover Misool's Rangers - who they are, what they do and why their work is more important than ever before
  • Read the latest news from Misool - whales, awards and much more
  • Learn about Indonesia's powerful ocean life force in 'Folklore, Facts and Fantasy: The Indonesian Throughflow'
  • Join us to say thank you to our supporters and find out how you can donate
Learn, enjoy, be inspired and let us know what you would like to see more of.
Misool Ranger Patrol Special - November 2016
Misool's Ranger Patrol in Numbers

Misool Baseftin's Ranger Patrol Team are our true conservation heroes. 

The Rangers’ decade-long vigilance over our 1220 km2 Marine Protected Area has resulted in an 86% reduction in fishing.
Regular visitors to our No Take Zones (NTZs) aren’t stingy with their enthusiastic feedback about the improving quality of our reefs. We know it's true – what we experience on a daily basis is backed up by scientific data.

Marine life inside our No Take Zones has increased by an average of 250% over a five-year period, and there are 25 times more sharks inside our NTZs as outside. But we’re not the only ones who know it. Paradoxically, the more effective our patrol is the more pressure we experience from poachers. 
Illegal Shark Fishers in Misool - October 2016
Despite all our victories, Misool's unparalleled marine environment remains under constant pressure from illegal fishermen. On 30 October 2016, our Ranger Patrol intercepted a ten-ton fishing boat within one of our No-Take-Zones, near the Daram islands. Together with the Marine Police, our Ranger Patrol boarded the boat which had already laid many kilometres worth of gill-nets across the ocean floor. The team impounded the boat, raised the nets, and towed the vessel to Raja Ampat’s capital for police processing and we'll let you know when the sentencing is complete. We invited our friends from Ocean First Education to join us in documenting what happened next.

As you’ll see in this short film, a decade’s hard work can be undone in the blink of an eye. Our privately-funded enforcement team is absolutely critical to the ongoing protection of the world’s richest reefs. 

While this content may be hard to watch, we urge you not to turn away. We need you to understand how important the Ranger Patrol is and why we cannot do this without your support. 
Illegal Shark Fishers in Misool - October 2016
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Rangers of the Reef - The Full Version is here
If the short film above got your attention and you would like to know more about the Ranger Patrol, then take a look at Rangers of the Reef

Earlier in the year, we shared the trailer for this  short documentary and now we are pleased to bring you the full version.

Filmmakers Brady Valashinas and Nick Ellis have beautifully documented the Misool's Ranger Patrol’s important conservation work. The film illustrates the work and coordination it takes to maintain the Misool No-Take-Zone. You’ll hear our Rangers describe in their own words what it takes to to get the job done, and the story of how this program was born.

Enjoy and be sure to like the film's Facebook page.
Rangers of the Reef
2016 End of Year Giving
 
Without Misool’s dedicated Ranger Patrol, our 1220 sq km Marine Protected Area would be just another paper-park.  Our charitable foundation Misool Baseftin manages two private No-Take Zones, entirely independent of any government support. Our 2017 budget for the Ranger Patrol alone is USD 220,000  - this does not include a further USD 400,000 allocated towards our community recycling project (Bank Sampah), Lamakera, the Misool Manta Project, and Fafanlap Kindergarten.
 
Ours is a rare conservation success story.  If you think this work is important and you’d like to be sure it continues in the future, please join us.   Please support Foundation Misool Baseftin and consider us for your end-of-year giving.  Contributions of any size are welcome – our streamlined operation makes every dollar count. 

For US, Canadian, and UK taxpayers, we encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation via our partner WildAid.  We can also accept donations via Paypal or Bank Transfer
Misool: News in Brief
The WildAid Benefit Gala 2016
 
Misool donated a stay for two lucky winners to the WildAid Benefit Gala 'An Evening Under the Sea,' which took place at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco on 12th November. Misool's co-founder Marit Miners was there to join the party.   

The trip was sold for well above the sticker price, and all proceeds will support Misool's Ranger Patrol. The Gala raised over $1.5 million for WildAid’s global programs. We are honoured to support WildAid, one of Misool's longest standing conservation partners, supporters and friends.
Misool Wins Silver at The World Responsible Tourism Awards
 
Misool's team were thrilled to pick up a silver award for Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation and Misool's Jo Marlow collected the award in London at the World Travel Market on behalf of the team.

The prestigious World Responsible Tourism Awards recognise a commitment to nature and people, but they also help communicate the considerable benefits of sustainable tourism to a wide audience. 

Larantuka Field Office Opens
 
Our field office in East Flores is open! This office is a satellite base for Misool Baseftin and supports our Lamakera field team who is working with community and government to stop the illegal hunting of manta rays and whale sharks in the region.

For more about our program in Lamakera, check out the short film on YouTube, or watch Racing Extinction.
Whales in Misool!

The marine life in Misool has been as rich and diverse as ever this quarter… but this time we’ve been joined by whales! 

Since September, we’ve enjoyed daily sightings of whales around the resort. We’re not entirely certain of the size of the pod, but there seems to be a handful of individuals, including a mother and calf. According to cetacean expert Benjamin Kahn of Apex Environmental, the most likely candidate is the 12-15 meter long Bryde’s Whale
 
Misool Named a Top 100 Sustainable Destination 2016 

In an award double-whammy this quarter, Misool was also honoured to be named a Top100 2016 Sustainable Destination.

 
Misool is one of only two organisations in Indonesia to receive this accolade and we are proud to have our work recognised on a global scale. 
Folklore, facts and fantasy
The Indonesian Throughflow - The Ocean's Life Force

If you’ve read this far you already know that Misool is located at the epicentre of marine biodiversity, in the heart of the Coral Triangle. But have you ever wondered exactly what makes our part of the world diverse?

Seventy-five percent of the world’s known coral species, over 1700 species of fish, and some seriously wicked diving.... How did all this magic converge here in Raja Ampat and the greater Birdshead Seascape?  There are a few ways to answer that question, but the one that makes most sense to us is The Indonesian Throughflow
 
The Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) is an ocean current which pushes water from the Pacific Ocean into the Indian Ocean, funnelling through the archipelago’s 17,000 islands and complex undersea topography.  This flow of water is the largest movement of water on the planet. 


Raja Ampat, which is located at the start of the ITF, is of special interest here. The region’s diverse coral polyps, larvae, and eggs are washed westwards, effectively seeding not only the rest of Indonesia’s reefs but possibly even SE Asia. 
The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt
The IFT is caused in part by a distinct differential in the sea levels of the Pacific and Indian Oceans - the Pacific is twenty cm above average and the Indian is ten cm below. The resulting transfer of water volume is so large that it demanded its own special measurement - the Sverdrup. One Sverdrup equates to one million cubic metres of water per second! Estimations show that 15, possibly 20 Sverdrups flow through the island passageways of the Indonesian archipelago. If you'd like to know more, visit our friends at the Birds Head Seascape; they've published a very interesting article called 15 Thousand Rivers.
Thank you to our donors
This quarter we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our donors. Whether you adopted a manta, donated to the Ranger Patrol or invested in green technologies, your support is directly helping to protect the world's richest reefs.

Thea Bahn, Cindy Shaw & Karl Pitts, Ingo Puhl, Alan Laubsch & Malin Hedlund, Troy Russell & Stevie Shehan, Felix Fischer & Chian Chian Lim, Mike Schorler & Robert Jacob, Tiffany Talley, Dennis Flanagan, Birgitt von Dresky, Martin Moscovich

As always, we would like to extend our gratitude to our major donors and conservation partners; Vulcan Philanthropy, MacArthur Foundation, WildAid, & Conservation International.

If you would like to make a donation to Misool Baseftin, please get in touch with us for more details.
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next time: we'll introduce another member of the marvelous misool team, immerse you in one of our worldclass sites and bring you all the updates from our tiny, paradise island
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