Patrol Updates from Raja Ampat’s Marine Park Authority December, 2020 by: Allan Fredrik Ramandey* & Nikka Gunadharma**
Dear readers, here we are in early 2021 and we will provide updates from the last month of 2020 regarding the community-based patrol conducted by the Marine Park Rangers – Jaga Laut – in all seven MPAs in Raja Ampat.
A total of 60 patrols were conducted during the course of December 2020, which means that most of the patrol units in seven MPAs under the Raja Ampat’s Marine Park Authority*** were succeeded to meet the minimum quota of 8 patrols per month.
Here are the highlights from of Jaga Laut’s patrol activities from December 2020, which was a busy month for some of our rangers on duty.
Asia and Ayau Islands MPA
Jaga Laut personnel from Asia and Ayau Islands MPA conducted a total of five patrols in December 2020, and did not find any violations during this period. However, Resources Use Monitoring (RUM) data were collected from each and every boat’s activities were recorded, which is mostly fisheries’ in this MPA.
Mayalibit Bay MPA
Mayalibit Bay MPA’s Jaga Laut conducted a total of 8 patrols during the period of December 2020. Out of those eight patrols, two violations were encountered on the 02nd and 04th of December respectively.
The first violation was when a fishermen was caught with black tip reef sharks – one of the marine biotas protected in Raja Ampat. Jaga Laut gave the local fishermen a stern warning, provided information regarding the related-regulation, and also told him that if he insist doing it then he will be reported the police.
The incident on the 02nd of December 2020 has been reported to the Marine Park Authority’s office in Waisai, and from there was relayed to the Adat (customary) entity as well: The Raja Ampat’s Maya Tribe Adat Council. Representatives from Adat entity will also approach the local fishermen regarding his action.
As for the violation on December 04th, Jaga Laut’s personnel caught another local fishermen fishing with air compressor. Jaga Laut then provided him with information regarding the do’s and don’ts in Mayalibit Bay MPA, and also informed him related to the health hazard and even fatality that may occur from such activity, and persuaded him to stop the activity.
Dampier Strait MPA
From a total of 14 patrols conducted in Dampier Strait MPA, 5 came from Gam Monitoring Post, while 9 came from Yenadwak Monitoring Post. Gam’s Monitoring Post noted two violations in December 2020, while three violations were recorded by personnel from Yenadwak.
The first violation encountered by the Gam Monitoring Post’s Jaga Laut on the 12th of December 2020 was when 10 guests from a liveaboard operating in Raja Ampat was caught without Environmental Maintenance Service Fee’s cards during a regular check-up. Rangers then directed the liveaboard’s representative to, at one point during their trip, go to Waisai and settle this issue.
Another violation was encountered by the personnel from Gam on the 16th of December, 2020, when a bagan was caught operating within Traditional Utilization and Sasi Sub-zone; it was the same vessel from nearby village caught in November 2020. The Jaga Laut gave them another stern telling and directed them to sail away from the MPA.
Moving on to the Yenadwak Monitoring Post. On the 11th of December, 2020, the Jaga Laut encountered a fishing boat from Sorong within the Tourism and Food Security Sub-zone. Rangers provided him with information related to the regulations applicable within the MPA, before finally directing him to sail away from the MPA.
On December 12th, Jaga Laut from Yenadwak encountered two violations. One violation was conducted by fishing boat using air compressor, which was successfully persuaded to cease its activity subsequent to being informed by one of the rangers regarding rules and regulations within the MPA.
The other violation found that day was shark fishing. Rangers provided them with regulations applied within the MPA, one of which was the protection of all kinds of sharks. The rangers then gave them a firm warning that they will report them to the police if they insist to catch sharks.
Misool Islands MPA
Rangers from Misool Islands MPA encountered violations on three out of seven days of patrol during December, 2020. On the 22nd of December, 2020, they caught a local fishermen fishing in Tourism and Food Security Sub-zone using fishing line made of copper wire. Rangers then provided him with information regarding rules and regulation applied in MPA, before directing him to sail away from the mentioned sub-zone.
On the 28th and 29th of December, 2020, Jaga Laut from Misool Islands encountered a total of nine fishing boats within the Tourism and Food Security Sub-zone. Rangers provided them information related to do’s and don’ts within an MPA, before directing them to sail away from the area.
Kofiau–Boo Islands MPA
Rangers from Kofiau-Boo Islands MPA conducted a total of eight patrols in December, 2020, and did not find any violations. Information related to rules and regulations applied within an MPA was provided to all the boats encountered, and RUM data was also collected from them.
Fam Islands MPA
A total of eight patrols were conducted by rangers from Fam Islands MPA in December, 2020. No violations were found during this time of year; RUM data was collected.
West Waigeo Islands Marine Reserve
Jaga Laut’s personnel from Wayag Monitoring Post found two violations from a total of 10 patrol days in December, 2020. Those violations were encountered on December 14th and 15th when visitors caught without Environmental Service Maintenance Fee’s cards. Rangers then provided the tour operators with information related to management of MPAs in Raja Ampat, before directing them to settle this issue in Waisai.
Those are the updates from Raja Ampat’s Marine Park Authority regarding our community-based rangers for December, 2020. We will be back with the update from January 2021’s activities.
We sincerely hope this update would be useful for you, our Readers. Thank you very much for your time, attention, and kind support. And lastly, hope you all had a happy and healthy new year’s celebration, and may this year will be way better for all of us. 🙂
* Data and Information Staff for Raja Ampat’s Marine Park Authority
** Raja Ampat Communication and Outreach Coordinator for Conservation International Indonesia
*** 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.