Long Run Members Achieve World’s Highest Marine Protection Standard
Misool Private Marine Reserve and Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary have been awarded the prestigious Global Ocean Refuge award, making them part of the world’s top ten highest performing Marine Protected Areas.
Joining eight other Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that make up the Global Ocean Refuge System, this award confirms that Long Run members Misool Private Marine Reserve and Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary meet the world’s highest science-based standards for biodiversity protection.
The Marine Conservation Institute is a team of marine scientists and environmental policy advocates dedicated to saving ocean life. The organisation’s goal is to create an urgently-needed worldwide system of strongly protected areas — the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) — as a strategic way to ensure the future diversity and abundance of marine life. Three platinum-level GLORES were awarded in 2017, and seven more were announced at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference. Misool and Chumbe now sit side by side with marine reserves such as Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park in Australia and Ilhas Selvagens in Portugal.
In line with The Long Run’s 4Cs ethos, Sarah Hameed, Director of the Marine Conservation Institute observes, “Each Global Ocean Refuge has a strong management team, a clear plan to conserve biodiversity, and effective monitoring and enforcement efforts in place. These MPAs not only support healthy oceans, but they also contribute to local economies.” The Marine Conservation Institute is particularly keen to raise the profile of the science-based achievements of these marine parks in light of ‘Paper Parks’ — MPAs that lack real substance. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institution, explains, “Many of today’s MPAs do not protect ocean ecosystems very well: they have loose or no rules and weak or non-existent management.”
For Marit Miners, Co-founder of the Misool Foundation, this award is a testament to the commitment of Misool’s employees, “For over a decade our team has been working tirelessly to protect the world’s richest reefs at the epicentre of the Coral Triangle. South Raja Ampat is a spectacularly beautiful region that is also incredibly fragile. By meeting the award’s rigorous science-based and management standards we are securing a bright future for the animals and people who depend on this unique marine ecosystem, for generations to come.”
Misool’s 300,000-acre marine park is the second largest Global Ocean Refuge, protecting one of the world’s richest coral reefs. The Misool Foundation was established in 2011 to safeguard biodiverse reefs through the empowerment of local communities. The Misool Private Marine Reserve is home to endemic species including the bamboo shark and Misool cardinalfish and mangrove forests that act as nursery grounds for juvenile and adult fish. In 2013, the no-take zones of Daram and Misool were found to have some of the highest concentrations of reef fish biomass in Raja Ampat — regulations are enforced 24 hours a day by 15 local rangers.
Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary, located off the coast of Tanzania, harbours one of the most effectively managed reefs in the Western Indian Ocean and it is renowned for its rich coral diversity and the many unique and locally-rare species that call it home.
Sibylle Riedmiller, Director of Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd., said, “This acknowledges that the private sector has an important role to play in the creation and financially sustainable management of Marine Protected Areas. Transparent governance and best-practice scientific principles are essential to maintain the biodiversity needed to protect our ocean ecosystems, and promoting livelihoods and food security for generations to come.”
More information: https://globaloceanrefuge.org
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