Lamakera village was one of the world’s top manta hunting site– previously landing over 1,000 mantas in a single season. In 2014, this small fishing village and all of Indonesia was declared a manta sanctuary. Together with WildAid, Misool Foundation has been working in Lamakera for the past three years to help manta fishermen find alternative livelihoods to ensure the success of the new sanctuary.
Since then, 80% of the former manta fishers have been trained as manta researchers, enforcement officials or in new sustainable fisheries. The new research program has helped educate the community on the benefits of mantas, whale sharks and other marine animals for the ocean and as a draw for ecotourism. We are currently building a research center and photographing and tagging these animals to identify them and track their migratory patterns to ensure their protection across the entire route.
You can help us in this crucial work with funding for additional equipment and training for new researchers and community rangers.
0Community ranger start-up kits purchased
One outing to tag or photograph mantas and whale sharks.
A Community Ranger start-up kit (including waterproof camera, smartphone, field guides and training).
The purchase of one tag for manta and whale shark research