Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Contents - By Rosie Leaney

Stum­bling on a hat trick of tur­tles chow­ing down on a mega jelly was a cap­ti­vat­ing en­counter for one diver in Aus­tralia

• Rili was given the nick­name, “Co­ral Queen” at a coastal zone man­age­ment course at Hat Yai Uni­ver­sity in Thai­land in 1992.

• She be­came a WWF Ju­nior Ranger when she was 11, and fell in love with the ocean.

• Rili was in­spired to learn how to dive af­ter watch­ing Jac­ques Cousteau’s doc­u­men­taries.

• Her first dive in In­done­sia was in the Thou­sand Is­lands (Pu­lau Seribu) in

1989. Rili dived from Sa­bang to Mer­auke to nom­i­nate MPAs in In­done­sia.

• She has two masters de­grees: MS in Trop­i­cal Ma­rine Ecol­ogy (1989) and MS in Trop­i­cal Coastal Zone Man­age­ment (1994).

• Rili has been work­ing on MPAs and un­sus­tain­able fish­ing prac­tices in South­east Asia for over 25 years.

• She spent sev­eral weeks with sea gyp­sies in Waka­tobi Na­tional Park and was in­spired to build a bet­ter fu­ture for their chil­dren.

• Rili spear­headed a ma­rine con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme in Ko­modo Na­tional Park, which was repli­cated in Waka­tobi, Savu Sea, Nusa Penida and Raja Am­pat.

• A Dayak fam­ily took care of Rili when her boat cap­sized dur­ing a field mis­sion in Kal­i­man­tan, Bor­neo.

• Rili is trilin­gual, speak­ing Dutch,

English and Ba­hasa In­done­sia.


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