27 Nov Mission Blue Co-Founder Visits Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA)
In late October, we were delighted to host John Vermilye, co-founder of Mission Blue in our Center for Marine Conservation. John and his group joined a learning trip to the Nusa Penida MPA which was declared as a Mission Blue Hope Spot in 2020. Hope spots are significant places that are scientifically identified as critical to the health of the ocean.
The group headed to Nusa Penida in the early morning. At their first stop, the group visited a snorkeling spot in Manta Bay. There, they were lucky to have the opportunity to swim with manta rays. Manta rays are large, gentle marine animals that are known for their graceful movements and distinctive appearance. They are found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, and are a popular attraction for divers and snorkelers in Nusa Penida. While snorkeling near mangroves, the group discovered healthy coral reefs in addition to manta rays. John and his group completed the activities in Nusa Lembongan by visiting the mangrove forest by canoe. This initiative is led by the local Surya Mandiri community group.
After returning to Sanur, the Mission Blue delegation had an opportunity to visit our Center’s exhibition hall. Our Executive Director, Rili Djohani, led them on a house tour, taking in the newly installed interactive coral restoration exhibition. In addition to that, they also see the beauty of Mulyana’s art installations and try to find out the marine animals in the Grand Blue Project. Their visit finished with taking photos together with their favorite Wayang Samudra characters. We hope that CTC can strengthen the partnership and work together with Mission Blue in the future.
Text: Adam Putra
Photos: Rika Sukmaputri & Adam Putra/CTC