The Jakarta Post
In an effort to help save and conserve the many species of marine animals, corals and microscopic organisms, Rascal Voyages partners with Conservation International Indonesia. (JP/Handout/Rascal Voyages)
For many years, ocean conservation has been a growing issue for the planet. Human impact such as inappropriate fishing, oil spills and even anchor-dropping cause damage every day to the marine habitats.
In an effort to help save and conserve the many species of marine animals, corals and microscopic organisms, Rascal Voyages partners with Conservation International Indonesia (CI Indonesia) by introducing the new Exploration Series, a scientific expeditions program led by scientists from Conservation International and its local Indonesian partners.
A press release received by The Jakarta Post points out that the private-charter series of voyages will give luxury travelers the opportunity to play a part in conservation and reduce the negative impact of tourism in some of the world’s most remote and protected waters.
The voyage will take guests through the Indonesian archipelago, Southeast Asia and the Indian ocean with eight itineraries available each year, including a visit to the much-coveted Raja Ampat in Papua.
Co-owner of Rascal Voyages Erik Barreto said: “The new partnership between Rascal Voyages and Conservation International follows a successful collaboration earlier this year, where we saw major scientific breakthroughs during a Rascal and CI Indonesia voyage to Raja Ampat.”
Barreto went on to say that the collaboration had resulted in the discovery of new species of fish, two manta cleaning stations and proof of new drone surveying technology.
Regarding the collaboration, Mark V. Erdmann, vice president of Asia-Pacific Marine Programs for Conservation International, is said to maintain a deep personal commitment to doing whatever is necessary to ensure his children will be able to enjoy the same high-quality underwater experience.
More information, such as price, other locations and itineraries for the Exploration Series, can be found here. (acr/mut)