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The Bird's Head Seascape, a rich repository of the world’s most diverse marine life, rare birds, mammals, insects and plants, comprises 183,000 sq km, encompassing over 100 villages in West Papua, Indonesia.
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First Mooring Buoys for Liveaboards Deployed

On June 7, 2024, two permanent mooring buoys for liveaboard dive boats were deployed by RAMS (Raja Ampat Mooring System).  These two moorings represent an important milestone. While the government and conservationists have attempted installing mooring systems in the past, the results have been unsatisfactory.  Now after eight years of study, protracted discussions, planning, obtaining of...
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First Documented Courtship Behavior between Mobula birostris and M. alfredi at a Coral Reef Cleaning Station in Misool, Raja Ampat

Administrator’s Note: This paper was published in the Diversity Journal on 27, May, 2024 by Dr. Edy Setyawan, Shawn Heinrichs, and Dr. Mark Erdmann.  The video (and images) were captured by Shawn (Blue Sphere Media) in SE Misool, West Papua, Indonesia. This paper documents a virtually unprecedented event in the lives of manta rays where different species engage in courtship behavior.  ...
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Empowering Conservation through Local Engagement by Stephen Frink

Administrator’s Note:  This post is for everyone who does not receive DAN‘s (Diver’s Alert Network) Alert Diver Magazine.  (For those that are DAN members this article can be found in 2024’s second quarterly issue.)   For everyone interested in how and why Raja Ampat, and especially the area around Misool Island, is so special; this article written by Alert...
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Bird's Head Seascape Governmental Authorities Pemerintah Propinsi Papua Barat (Province of West Papua) KSDAE (Direktorat Konservasi Sumberdaya Alam dan Ekosistem)(Ministry of Environment and Forestry) Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan Republik Indonesia (National Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries) Kabupaten Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat Regency) Kabupaten Kaimana (Kaimana Regency) Kabupaten Tambrauw (Tambrauw Regency) Kabupaten Nabire (Nabire Regency) Kabupaten Teluk Wondama (Wondama Bay Regency) Taman Nasional Teluk Cenderawasih (Cenderawasih Bay National Park) BBKSDA (Balai Besar Konservasi Sumberdaya Alam) Kabupaten Fakfak