WildAid World Oceans Day Challenge 20170
Happy World Oceans Week!
With your support, Misool Foundation and WildAid are working together to protect the Misool Marine Reserve in Indonesia, a sanctuary for the world’s richest coral reefs, manta rays, whales, sea turtles, sharks and countless other marine species.
This week, a WildAid donor will match online contributions up to a total of $25,000 through June 9 to support Misool’s Ranger Patrol and prevent destructive and illegal fishing.
Your $50 gift will go further to protect abundant coral reefs, manta feeding grounds, sea turtle nesting beaches, shark nurseries and whale migration routes in Indonesia.
The Misool Ranger Patrol prevents illegal activities such as shark finning, long-line fishing and poaching, while working with local landowners to encourage conservation and assist fishermen to better manage their fishing grounds.
- An 86% reduction in illegal fishing within the reserve;
- An average increase of 250% of fish biomass in a six-year period; and
- A 25x increase in shark numbers inside the reserve compared to directly outside.
Please help us meet our goals this year with your donation of just $50. We thank you in advance!
ABOUT MISOOL MARINE RESERVE
Situated in a remote corner of Indonesia, Raja Ampat’s reefs lie at the epicenter of marine biodiversity, in the heart of the Coral Triangle. The region is home to 75% of the world’s known coral species, and more than 1,500 species of fish.
“There is greater biodiversity — that is to say, a larger number and greater diversity of fish, coral, and mollusks — on these reefs than anywhere on earth. A single football field-sized patch of Misool’s reefs has nearly five times the number of coral species as the entire Caribbean Sea.” –Dr. Mark Erdmann, coral ecologist and VP of Conservation International’s Asia-Pacific marine programs,
Misool’s reefs remain remarkably intact, providing a sanctuary for manta rays, sharks, sea turtles, whales and pristine coral reefs. However, overfishing, destructive fishing practices, sea turtle egg harvesting, shark finning, manta hunting and even dynamite fishing threaten to destroy this unique ecosystem.
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