25 January 2010
What originally started as a 200 square kilometer no-take zone has now been increased to 425 sq. km. Misool Eco Resort MER take their conservation work very seriously. They have set up a UK charity called the Misool Conservation Centre to raise funds for the all important work of taking care of these waters. They have leased the area around their resort from the nearby Yellu traditional village owners for the next 25 years and they have active rangers in their ranger boats patrolling every week since 2006. Being guardians of these waters, the strict no-take rule is enforced and quite some fishermen (like commercial tuna fishing vessels, shark finning fishermen and the odd artisanal fisherman here and there) have been kindly asked to leave the no-take zone during the past four years they have been lease holders. Bravo to the hard working rangers and bravo to the founders of MER.