Scientific Breakthrough Onboard Luxury Yacht
Phinisi Yacht Rascal partners with Conservation International for a unique expedition
Set to be one of the most notable scientific expeditions of Raja Ampat in recent years, Indonesia's luxury private charter vessel, Rascal, recently partnered with Conservation International (CI) for a high-tech scientific voyage across one of the most remote corners of Indonesia's vast archipelago in a quest to raise awareness for the protection of manta rays and the seas.
With world renowned ichthyologist, Dr Gerry Allen and Vice President of CI'S Asia Pacific Marine Program, Dr Mark Erdmann at the helm of the mission, the seven-day pursuit sought to fill in knowledge gaps in the population and migration patterns of manta rays in Raja Ampat, as well as survey coral reef fish biodiversity in some of the lesser-visited areas of Raja Ampat. Armed with a team of Conservation International and Manta Trust scientists, manta ray tagging equipment and cutting edge drone technology, the expedition was a notable progression from Dr Allen and