Patrol Update from Raja Ampat’s Marine Park Authority July, 2021 Updated by: Allan Fredrik Ramandey*
With application on the limitation of activities due to the increase of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia, which was extended until 16th of August 2021 – for now, the Raja Ampat Marine Park Authority** committed to preserve our intensity in patrolling the MPA’s network; especially when prospect of violations, more or less, are similar.
Throughout July 2021, our marine park’s rangers – officially named ‘Jaga Laut’ – conducted a total of 52 patrols across the seven Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) within our management, with a total of five violations encountered during this month.
And as promised, we will also provide updates for both June and July from Misool Islands MPA.
Here are the patrol highlights.
Asia and Ayau Islands Marine Protected Area
Jaga Laut from Asia and Ayau Islands MPA contributed a total of eight patrols in July, 2021. From those eight patrols, our marine park’s rangers did not find any violations. However, Resources Use Monitoring (RUM) data were recorded from all the area’s beneficiaries encountered – whether it’s a violation or not.
Mayalibit Bay MPA
Throughout this month, Jaga Laut from Mayalibit Bay MPA patrolled the area five times. No violations were encountered this month, and RUM data was recorded from all the activities found.
Dampier Strait MPA
Dampier Strait MPA was patrolled a total of 11 times by our two monitoring posts: Gam and Yenaduak. Respectively, rangers from Gam Monitoring Post encountered one violation on the 10th of July, while Yenaduak’s rangers found another one on the 16th of July.
On the 10th of July, fifteen guests from one of the homestays in Arborek Village were caught without entrance fee cards. Rangers sat down with the guests and explained to them the importance of entrance fee for the sustainability of MPAs’ management in Raja Ampat, then directed them to settle this issue with our head office in Waisai.
While on the 16th of July, 2021, a fishing boat was caught within the Tourism and Food Security Sub-zone. Later that day, it was discovered that they’d also been using a homestay – which is currently not operating due to the pandemic – on Dayan Island without permission. Our rangers quickly followed them to the mentioned homestay, provided them with information regarding the zoning system, before asking them to sail away from both the homestay and the mentioned sub-zone.
Misool Islands MPA
In June, rangers from Misool Islands MPA conducted a total of seven patrols, and encountered twenty fishing boats violating the Tourism and Food Security Sub-zone – area surrounding the Batbitim Island to be precise – on the 22nd of June, 2021. Rangers were quick to directed the fishing boats to sail away from the mentioned area, one by one. They claimed to have had a permit to fish within the sub-zone from one of the village’s representative.
In response to these incidents, Raja Ampat Marine Park Authority is planning to conduct a meeting in August, one that will involve several villages’ representatives, in order to reaffirm the consensus regarding MPA management, and to prevent similar incident from happening again in the future.
One other violation found on that same day was one liveaboard hosting nineteen guests without entrance fee’s cards. Rangers came aboard, provided explanation regarding the said obligation, and then asked them to settle this issue with our head office in Waisai.
Fast forward to July. Misool Islands MPA was patrolled eight times this month, and encountered three violations in total. One violation was when a yacht with four passengers was caught without entrance fee’s cards on the 05th of July. Rangers then took photographs of their ID, and directed them to settle this issue with our head office in Waisai.
Another two violations, which were zoning-related violations, occurred when a specific type of fishing boats – typically called bagan in Bahasa Indonesia. The bagans, which are not allowed to operate within the MPA, were caught on the 13th and 26th of July. Explanation related to the zoning system and do’s and don’ts of the MPA were provided by our Jaga Laut, before directing them to sail away from Misool Islands’ protected area.
Kofiau–Boo Islands MPA
Jaga Laut patrolled the Kofiau-Boo Islands MPA eight times in July, and did not find any violations. RUM data were taken from all the MPA’s beneficiaries.
Fam Islands MPA
A total of five patrols were conducted by rangers from Fam Islands MPA throughout July, and no violations were found. RUM data were collected from all fishermen and fisherwoman encountered.
West Waigeo Islands Marine Reserve
West Waigeo Islands Marine Reserve was patrolled seven times in July, and no violations were encountered this month. RUM data was recorded from all the MPA’s beneficiaries, while charismatic species – one of our Jaga Laut’s other responsibilities – encountered this month were also recorded.
For your information, West Waigeo Islands Marine Reserve is formally under the direct authority of the central government’s Ministry of Marine and Fisheries, while Raja Ampat Marine Park Authority provided technical assistances, such as patrol activity and all the related aspects, for this particular MPA.
The Marine Park Authority itself was nested under the West Papua Province Government’s Marine and Fisheries Agency, and has authority towards the other six MPAs in Raja Ampat (For more information on Raja Ampat’s MPAs Network, kindly visit www.kkprajaampat.com for Bahasa Indonesia, or www.rajaampatmarinepark.com).
So, dear Readers, those are our updates for July, 2021, from seven MPAs patrolled by Raja Ampat Marine Park Authority. We hope to see you again for the update of August.
As usual, we sincerely hope that this article would be beneficial for you. On behalf of all the staff in Raja Ampat Marine Park’s Authority, we wish you all happiness and fine health!
Thank you very much for your time, attention, and kind support – as always.
* Data and Information Staff for Raja Ampat’s Marine Park Authority
** The official name for Raja Ampat’s Marine Park Authority is Badan Layanan Umum Daerah Unit Pelaksana Teknis Daerah (BLUD UPTD) Pengelolaan Kawasan Konservasi Perairan (KKP) Kepulauan Raja Ampat.