Celebrating Ecological Monitoring and Marine Wonders

Welcome to an exciting glimpse into the underwater realms of Nusa Penida, Bira, and Raja Ampat through our Best of BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) videos. These projects stand as pillars of ecological monitoring, revealing the richness and diversity of marine life while highlighting the crucial role BRUVs play in conservation efforts.

Baited Remote Underwater Video systems are invaluable tools in ecological monitoring. By capturing candid footage of marine life without human interference, they offer a non-invasive window into underwater ecosystems. This data helps scientists and conservationists understand population trends, behavior patterns, and habitat dynamics crucial for effective conservation strategies.

None of this would be possible without the support of our dive partners: Reeflex Divers in Nusa Penida, Blue Planet Dive Resort in Bira, and Scuba Republic in Raja Ampat. Their expertise, dedication, and commitment to marine conservation have been instrumental in the success of these projects.

We also extend heartfelt thanks to our dedicated staff and a remarkable group of interns from around the world. Their passion for marine conservation and tireless efforts behind the scenes have brought these projects to life, showcasing the beauty and fragility of our oceans.

Penida Project

In 2023, we proudly celebrated our 5th year of deploying BRUVs around the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA), marking a significant milestone with our 200th drop. This ongoing effort has provided invaluable insights into the health and biodiversity of this vital marine ecosystem.

Witness the elegance of snaggletooth sharks (Hemipristis elongata), the grace of pelagic thresher sharks (Alopias pelagicus), the intricate dance of honeycomb eels (Muraenidae), the timeless presence of sea turtles, and the majestic flights of manta rays (Manta alfredi).

Bira Project

The Bira Project stands as a beacon of conservation impact, guiding us closer to our goal of establishing a new marine protected area in Southern Sulawesi. Alongside our ongoing ecological monitoring programs, the valuable BRUV data we’ve collected will play a pivotal role in developing a science-driven MPA, ensuring informed and effective conservation strategies for this marine paradise.

Dive into a world teeming with reef sharks — blacktip (Carcharhinus limbatus), whitetip (Triaenodon obesus), and grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) alongside the enchanting movements of marble rays, eagle rays, and the iconic bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum).

Raja Ampat Project

In our first full year of BRUV deployments in Raja Ampat, we’ve uncovered a treasure trove of marine life in this renowned biodiversity hotspot. These BRUVs have captured the essence of this pristine marine environment, providing a comprehensive snapshot of the species that call Raja Ampat home. From vibrant coral reefs to bustling fish populations, each deployment has contributed to our understanding of this ecologically significant region.

The Best of BRUV video from Raja Ampat showcases an impressive array of marine creatures. Among them are reef sharks such as blacktip (Carcharhinus limbatus), whitetip (Triaenodon obesus), and grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos), showcasing the diversity of shark species thriving in these waters. Additionally, the video captures the graceful movements of marble rays and eagle rays, along with the iconic presence of the bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum). These sightings highlight the richness and importance of Raja Ampat’s marine biodiversity.

What will 2024 bring?

As we embark on a new year, we eagerly anticipate the discoveries and challenges that lie ahead. With continued dedication, innovation, and collaboration, we aim to expand our understanding of marine ecosystems, drive impactful conservation initiatives, and inspire a global community to cherish and protect our oceans.

Join us on this journey of discovery and conservation as we delve deeper into the mysteries of the underwater world and work towards a sustainable future for generations to come. Stay tuned for more adventures, insights, and conservation victories in 2024 and beyond!

Get Involved

Get involved in our work today! Explore multiple avenues: enrol in our award-winning Divemaster and Research Diver internship participate in our research expeditions in Indonesia, or collaborate with us as a Marine Research Fellow for your thesis work. Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities—reach out to us now!