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World News report on Raja Ampat "Underwater Eden"

RAJA AMPAT, Indonesia — Throughout time, explorers have combed the farthest reaches of the world for that one shot of discovering new life.

Dr. Mark Erdmann has taken that shot 89 times.

Since coming to Indonesia in 1992 as a young Ph.D. student from the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Erdmann has been deeply immersed in the exploration and conservation of the underwater worlds of Indonesia and South East Asia, helping to discover 89 species across the region.

His interest in Raja Ampat — an archipelago of over 1,500 small islands in Western Papua — started while living in a small fishing community in South Sulawesi, where his local fishermen neighbors regularly came back from fishing trips speaking of reefs teeming with fish and sharks.

Read the full article & interview with Dr. Mark Erdmann on the website here..

Jakarta Post report on "Stopping Shark poachers in Raja Ampat"

Poaching is a serious problem in Raja Ampat. Barefoot Conservation will contribute to a solution by diving to document populations and through our community projects, which will provide livelihood diversification opportunities so people won't have to hunt this precious animal in order to make enough money to feed their children.

Will you come help???

Barefoot's volleyball team takes on challenge from local staff

It was late afternoon on a sunny Saturday, and the scene was set for an epic volleyball match between the Barefoot Braves and the Raja Ampat Raiders.

Barefoot Conservation volleyball match

The challenge was thrown down by Dany the Barefoot dive boat driver and Simon accepted, the prize....the most sort after item on the island....a cold case of beer!!





Barefoot Conservation volleyball matchTensions were high during the warm up, with such a major prize up for grabs, Desiree Barefoot's Science and Community intern kept score, of a first to 25 points, best of 5 set format. 







Barefoot Conservation volleyball matchThe Barefoot team got off to a flying start, with their unorthodox style at first confusing the opposition, leaving Theo the sites boat/engine mechanic to show off his YMCA skills. Barefoot Conservation volleyball match







However Barefoot’s good start did not last long and after trading spikes and points, it soon become apparent Barefoot would need to bring in some ringers!

Barefoot Conservation volleyball matchSo we called up Raymond (Mangkur Kodon homestay manager), Dany and Maria Sharapova (aka Claire one of the volunteers) to help bolster the baseline defence.






Barefoot Conservation volleyball matchSadly this did not help the Barefoot team and as the game went on into the night with the sun setting behind us, the Raja Ampat Raiders took control, the glory and the holy grail of a cold case of beer!







Barefoot Conservation volleyball matchAll was not lost however as both teams chilled out with a cold beer as the sun set and discussed exaggerated stories of how high we all jumped!  Barefoot Conservation volley ball match







One nil to the Raja Ampat Raiders, but re-match accepted for next Saturday! We urgently need some 6 ft tall volunteers!!!

Barefoot Conservation meets the mayor of Raja Ampat

When Barefoot Conservation first came to Raja Ampat, we organised meetings with the Head of Tourism Board of Raja Ampat, Mr Yusdi in Waisai. We introduced our organisation and explained the community and science work that we would like to undertake in the region.

Barefoot Conservation meets Head of Tourism for Raja Ampat

Mr Yusdi seemed to be very excited about Barefoot Conservation and he even arranged a meeting with the Major of Raja Ampat, Drs Marcus Wanma M.Si.We never expected such a meeting would take place so soon but since it was already planned (and it would be rude to say no to the major), we agreed to see him on the following week.

On the day of the meeting with the major, we put on our smart outfit which meant Barefoot T-shirt, trousers and shoes! Mr Yusdi greeted us and introduced us to the Head of the Homestay Association, Mr Paulus.  After a brief conversation and a quick contact exchange, Mr Paulus left and the rest of us walked to the major’s office which was located just outside his office building. As soon as we entered the major’s room, we could feel a sense of power there. Massive room with classy furniture and carpeted floor welcomed us. Not to mention the gigantic statue of Jesus giving his blessings and plasma TV!

Mr Yusdi nervously introduced us to the major right away and we got to business. Simon then gave a short presentation on the missions of Barefoot Conservation. We essentially stated that we are here to help the community in many different aspects such as education, health services, diving safety, and conservation while still learning the culture and custom of the Papuan community. We also mentioned that the participation of stakeholders is the key to the success of our projects. The major accepted Barefoot Conservation, welcomed us to the region and gave his approval to start running our projects.

Barefoot Conservation meets the mayor of Raja Ampat

Both the major and Mr Yusdi eagerly offered their full support with our work and arranged to write us a letter of recommendation. We then said goodbye after taking some pictures to mark the event.