Teluk Buli (Buli Bay)
N 00º47.457' E 128º19.279'
Unfortunately our excellent adventure has come to an end sooner than we planned. Apparently there is an issue with one of our permits, which only came to light in the last couple of days.
Of course we are disappointed, but are counting our blessings. We have had the most amazing experience over the last couple of weeks, diving on some of the most diverse and spectacular coral reefs in the world – exploring new places, seeing new things, and compiling management recommendations that will help the provincial government implement conservation measures to ensure these reefs continue to prosper into the future.
One of the highlights of the trip has been the extraordinary team of experts. The international experts are among the best in the world. They are extremely knowledgeable about coral reefs, very generous with their skills and knowledge, and are always a pleasure to work with. The Indonesian team members are also a remarkable group of people, each an expert in their chosen fields with valuable local knowledge and experience.
We have had the most amazing experience over the last couple of weeks, diving on some of the most diverse and spectacular coral reefs in the world.
One of the best parts of this survey has been watching the local and international scientists interact. The last few nights we have sat in the moonlight on the top deck having detailed discussions about coral reefs – their biodiversity, biogeography, ecology and evolution. The whole team was involved – for hours at a time. Lyndon and Emre led a discussion about disturbances, focused on corals and crown of thorns starfish, and Gerry led a discussion about biogeography and evolution of coral reef fishes. It was great watching the level of interest and discussion between the groups of scientists, and an excellent way to end the survey.
Great friendships have been made, both personal and professional, which will continue long after this trip is over. Several of the Indonesian participants are interested in studying overseas, and the international scientists will help them with their aspirations. All of the international experts are looking forward to returning to Indonesia, to survey these extraordinary reefs again and spend more time with their Indonesian colleagues in the field.
The survey has been a remarkable experience, and one we will never forget. Halmahera is an extraordinary place – the heart of the heart of the Coral Triangle.
– Ali and the survey team
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