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Seascapes Newsletter Issue No5 (New Partnership Initiative in CT)1213563278
Author(s): Conservation International
Tags: Coral Triangle, Indo-Pacific, Fish Species, Mangrove Forests
Description: With more than 600 species of coral (over 75 percent of all known coral
species), 3,000 fish species and the greatest extent of mangrove forests
in the world, the Coral Triangle is the global center of marine biodiversity.

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Raja Ampat Shark Sanctuary:SDAA 20111393365004
Author(s): Shawn Heinrichs
Tags: Raja Ampat, conservation, Overfishing, sharks, mantas
Description: lndonesia declares a new sanctuary for
sharks and rays in one of the world's most
biodiverse ecosystems

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Agar Meraja Di Tengah Samudera:RESPECT 20101393963247
Author(s): Petrus Rabu
Tags: Raja Ampat, kawasan konservasi, Konservasi, sumber daya laut, perikanan, pariwisata
Description: Laut menjadi citra yang menunjukan eksistensi bangsa Indonesia. Julukan negara kepulauan atau negara maritim menjadi identitas khas bangsa ini sejak zaman nenek
moyang. Negara kita memiliki kurang lebih buah pulau. Dan, laut memiliki luasan dominan dari daratan. Sayangnya laut belum optimal memberikan makna bagi
keberadaan masyarakat. Berbagai factor mempengaruhinya. Salah satunya adalah pengelolaan laut yang belum efektif dan efesien. Bahkan hasil sumber daya laut cendrung

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Let The Fish Breathe:Scientific American 20131394825065
Author(s): Brendan Borrell
Tags: Raja Ampat, MPAs, Overfishing, local communities
Description: In Indonesia’s Raja Ampat islands, local people are leading the effort to protect the world’s most diverse coral reefs—and their own
livelihoods—from the ravages of overfishing

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Raja Ampat MPA Network Announcement:MPA News 20081394825259
Author(s): Mark Erdmann
Tags: Raja Ampat, Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia, MPA Network, Food Security
Description: Indonesia protects local fisheries with seven MPAs: In May (2008), the Indonesian government formally designated a network of seven MPAs in the Raja Ampat archipelago, encompassing 45% of the region’s diverse shallow-water ecosystems, including coral reefs and mangroves.

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The Bird's Head Seascape Epicenter Of Marine Biodiversity:Alert Diver 20111394825434
Author(s): Maurine Shimlock; Burt Jones
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, conservation, Biodiversity, diving, tourism
Description: There is no equal to the Bird’s Head Seascape in numbers of fish and coral species, habitat diversity and overall marine biodiversity. The Seascape shelters fringing reefs, lagoons, bays, mangroves, deep drop-offs, sea-grass beds and black sand critter sites. So far scientists have documented 1,629 fish species, 569 coral species (10 times more than the entire Caribbean), the Pacific Ocean’s most-utilised leatherback turtle nesting beach, dependable manta ray and whale shark aggregations, World War II wrecks and a whopping 57 species of mantis shrimp.

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Ultramarine:National Geographic 20071394825655
Author(s): David Doubilet
Tags: Raja Ampat, conservation, Biodiversity, MPAs
Description: Ultra Marine: In far eastern Indonesia, the Raja Ampat Islands embrace a phenomenal coral wilderness. What scientists found when they surveyed the waters of the Raja Ampat
Islands six years ago set off an international alert for their preservation. The archipelago’s reefs were not just rich—the region would prove to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world.

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Way Out In Wayag:Action Asia 20091394825854
Author(s): Ethan Daniels
Tags: Raja Ampat, diving, MPA, tourism, Wayag, mangrove
Description: The mazy karst islands of the Raja Ampat area of eastern Indonesia are ringed with impressive reefs and pocked with "petri dish" pools still new to science

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Where in the World is Fak Fak?1395250781
Author(s): Maurine Shimlock and Burt Jones
Tags: conservation, diving, Triton Bay, underwater photography
Description: The word’s out: Indonesia’s newest hotspot, Triton Bay features walking sharks, soft corals as large as trees, and world-record fish diversity that’ll have you coming back for more... Where were you when you heard the news that marine scientists had found a “walking shark”? Burt and I were in the departure lounge of a remote Indonesian airport sharing a beer and snacking on garlic-infused cashews with Dr. Gerald Allen, an old friend and one of the
world’s leading ichthyologists.

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Conservation In Raja Ampat And The Greater Birds Head Seascape1395250992
Author(s): Mark V. Erdmann and Maurine Shimlock
Tags: conservation, diving, MPA, underwater photography
Description: Since 2004 Raja Ampat and the surrounding areas of the wider Birds Head Seascape (BHS) have been the focus of comprehensive, long-term conservation initiatives. The area’s
priority in the world of marine conservation is justified, considering that the Birds Head is home to more marine species than any other area its size on the planet. For example, more than 70% of the world’s hard corals are represented, as are more than 1700 species of fish. Regional dive operators agree that their guests see more fish surrounding healthier reefs than they did a decade ago.

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The Last Best Place1395251247
Author(s): Maurine Shimlock and Burt Jones
Tags: new species, conservation, Triton Bay, exploratory diving
Description: Burt and I first heard about Triton Bay from Dr. Gerald Allen, an old friend and one of the world’s leading ichthyologists. In May 2006, Gerry, along with Dr. Mark Erdmann, senior advisor to Conservation International’s Indonesian Marine Program, and several other scientists also working for CI, traveled beyond the southern limits of Raja Ampat into the unknown waters of the Fak Fak Regency. The Conservation International team concentrated on Triton and Etna Bays where they hoped to discover a “hot spot,” an area of maximum species diversity and endemism similar to what they had found in Raja Ampat five years earlier.

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Raja Ampat: Bigger Fish Now Thriving1395251467
Author(s): Maurine Shimlock and Burt Jones
Tags: Raja Ampat, conservation, diving
Description: The most amazing thing about these new sites was the fish. It’s hard to imagine what Raja’s reef were like about 10 years ago when the first tourist divers saw them, but believe it or not, there’s a lot of evidence that fish counts have risen steadily during this time... Why Raja Ampat? Why have conservation efforts been successful
here? In our opinion, one major factor has been the NGO’s attempts to involve local people in their programs.

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Whale Sharks to Butterflies1395251662
Author(s): Maurine Shimlock and Burt Jones
Tags: new species, Cenderawasih Bay, exploratory diving, sustainable tourism
Description: Burt and I sailed east from Raja Ampat along West Papua's wild north coast to Cenderawasih Bay National Park, Indonesia's largest Marine Protected Area. Accompanied by Conservation International's Dr. Gerald Allen and Dr. Mark Erdmann (whose collective passion is discovering new fish species) we planned to dive areas we hoped would have high potential to bring sustainable marine tourism to this remote and stunningly beautiful place.

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Black Sand Revelations1395251966
Author(s): Maurine Shimlock and Burt Jones
Tags: Raja Ampat, diving, critters, macro photography
Description: One aim was to expand Raja Ampat's range of diving to include more sites where unusual animals like mimic octopus and ghost pipefish could be observed reliably. Other objectives were to locate more sites equal to or surpassing Dampier Strait’s known fish aggregation dives, and to find additional sites as beautifully diverse as southeast Misool’s colour-washed reefs

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Blue Auction Updates #2 15Oct081401662045
Author(s): Mark Erdmann
Tags: Blue Auction, Kalabia, FRS Monaco, Kawe, Taxonomy Capacity Building
Description: Updates on the floating range station, FRS Monaco, the Kalabia, Kawe MPA, and LIPI's launch of its intensive marine taxonomy training program

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CI Blue Auction Website1401662285
Author(s): Mark Erdmann
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, Blue Auction, Kalabia, Monaco, Prince Albert, enforcement, taxonomy capacity building initiative
Description: The gala Blue Auction was held in the historic Musée Oceanographique de Monaco on September 20, 2007. Sponsored by the Monaco-Asia Society and Conservation International, and under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the charity auction's revenues from the ten species lots (totaling $1,595,000) will be used exclusively for three
priority conservation programs in the Bird’s Head Seascape: A marine enforcement initiative designed to dramatically reduce destructive and illegal
fishing; a marine conservation education initiative that will use an innovative “floating education center” as a platform for interactive conservation education courses in the remote coastal villages of the Bird’s Head; and a capacity-building initiative to foster taxonomic expertise amongst young Indonesian marine scientists.

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Introductory Chapter: Raja Ampat Through The Lens Of1401662521
Author(s): Mark Erdmann
Tags: Raja Ampat, diving, photography, Through the Lens Of
Description: It seems Raja Ampat casts a spell on all who visit – scientists, photographers, novice divers and crusty sea-salts alike. As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, the “King of Kings” has a startling diversity of habitats to explore...I invite you now on a spectacular, colour-saturated journey through the pages of this book to experience Raja Ampat in a most unique fashion, through the lenses of 10 of the best underwater photographers on the planet.

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Oct07 MPA News 90 Blue Auction Results1401662804
Author(s): Mark Erdmann
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, Blue Auction, MPA News
Description: The naming rights for several fish species discovered during surveys of the Bird’s Head Seascape region of Indonesia were auctioned on 20 September 2007, raising US $2,045,000 to help support conservation programs in the region.

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Sept07 MPA News 89 Blue Auction1401662948
Author(s): John Davis
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, Blue Auction, MPAs, Monaco, MPA News
Description: Names of newly discovered species to be auctioned for MPA-related conservation: The Blue Auction will sell the rights to name several species of fish discovered during surveys of the Bird’s Head Seascape region of Indonesia. The surveys, conducted in 2006, were part of an ongoing initiative to establish ecosystem-based management in the region,
including designation of MPA networks

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Sept07 Washington Post Blue Auction Results1401663177
Author(s): Juliet Eilperin
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, Blue Auction, Monaco, Conservation International, Prince Albert
Description: MONTE CARLO, Monaco, Sept. 20 -- An auction of rights to name 10 newly discovered species of fish raised more than $2 million for conservation efforts in eastern Indonesia on
Thursday night, setting a record for an event of its type. The black-tie soiree, hosted by Prince Albert II and sponsored by Conservation International and the Monaco-Asia Society, featured species found last year in the Bird's Head Seascape, an area in the northwest corner of Indonesian Papua.

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Sept07 WashingtonPost Blue Auction Story Hardcopy1401663344
Author(s): Juliet Eilperin
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, Blue Auction, Monaco, Conservation International
Description: Next Thursday, Hugh Edmeades of Christies Auction house will bring down the gavel in Monaco's famed Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium. When he closes the bidding, a sinuous shark recently discovered thousands of miles away in Indonesian waters will have a new scientific name.

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Sharks Sanctuary And Marine Conservation Area Created In Raja Ampat, Indonesia1401663647
Author(s): Matt Weiss
Tags: Misool Eco Resort, marine conservation area, shark sanctuary, no take zones
Description: There was some big news announced last week while DPG was at DEMA. A number of groups, including our friends at Misool Eco Resort, are working hard to protect Raja Ampat, one of the most cherished destinations for underwater photographers. Their efforts have paid off, with all 17,760 square miles of Raja Ampat being declared a Shark Sanctuary and 468 sq miles being declared a Marine Conservation Area (MCA).

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Sampoerna, Santika To Build Raja Ampat Resort | The Jakarta Globe1401908347
Author(s): Alina Musta’idah
Tags: Raja Ampat, development, tourism
Description: Originally published in the Jakarta Globe, 27 May 2014. Sampoerna Group, a diversified holdings company, and event organizer Dyandra Media International are conducting a
feasibility study for a resort in Raja Ampat, an ecotourism haven in West Papua, a government official said over the weekend. Sudirman Saad, a director general at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, said Dyandra’s Santika chain of hotels was working with Sampoerna on building a hotel, villas and resort facilities in the area, a highly regarded diving site renowned for its rich underwater biodiversity.

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Conserving The Planet's Heritage An Interview With Mark Erdmann1402678558
Author(s): Steve Jones and X-Ray Magazine
Tags: conservation, diving, MPA
Description: Mark Erdmann has been at the forefront of conservation efforts in the Bird’s Head Seascape for many years... but what led to him realizing the richness and importance of
the marine environment in this region? Why is it so important that this area is protected?

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Saving the Last Great Reefs1421446034
Author(s): Douglas Seifert
Tags: Raja Ampat, Bird's Head Seascape, conservation, West Papua, Indonesia, diving, photography
Description: This is an article from Water Column, a regular feature in Dive Magazine (UK) about the on-going efforts to save one of the last great reef ecosystems on the planet, Indonesia's Raja Ampat, a part of the Bird's Head Seascape.

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Paradise Regained1421527282
Author(s): Douglas Seifert
Tags: Raja Ampat, Bird's Head Seascape, conservation, diving, Coral Triangle, Misool, Misool Eco Resort, photography, Conservation International
Description: This is an article from Water Column, a regular feature in Dive Magazine (UK) about the on-going efforts to save one of the last great reef ecosystems on the planet, Indonesia's Raja Ampat, a part of the Bird's Head Seascape.

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Explicitly incorporating socioeconomic criteria and data into marine protected area zoning1466461222
Author(s): Sangeeta Mangubhai*, Joanne R. Wilson 1, Lukas Rumetna, Yohanes Maturbongs, Purwanto
Description: Addressing community needs or aspirations is critical for the success of marine protected areas (MPAs).

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Author(s): Douglas David Seifert
Tags: conservation, Misool Eco Resort
Description: if there was one and only one place to choose, I would say, unreservedly, it would be the reefs of Raja
Ampat, Indonesia. I have been fortunate enough to visit many times and spend many hundreds of hours on
its reefs. Raja Ampat’s reefs surpass any other reefs in the world in terms of fish, invertebrate and coral
abundance and diversity, sheer drop-dead, scenic beauty and the variety of diving conditions and topography. But the question remains: Can Raja Ampat be protected?

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Eye on the Prize1508528142
Author(s): Thomas Haider
Description: Photography driven article about whale sharks in Indonesia. This article originally appeared in the magazine ,Action Asia.

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Species Overload in Wonderland-Diver Magazine1524872080
Author(s): Thomas Haider
Description: Photo driven article about Triton Bay originally published in Diver Magazine

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