Mangrove magic

By: Lisa Becking · 22 January 2020
Category: Resilience of the richest reefs

While my colleagues ventured around Arborek yesterday to talk to local orang orang, I explored the mangroves around the fringes of this tiny island village. I first spotted a small patch of established mangroves, and then I found out that there were plenty of younger trees around, mostly growing in straight lines along the beach. Obviously, these mangroves have been planted…

Permit Race

By: Lisa Becking · 14 January 2020
Category: Resilience of the richest reefs

Getting all the documents and permits done for Indonesia always feels a bit like a computer game, like a race where you need to pick up different trophies to be allowed to go to the next level. Level one starts months before you head out to Indonesia, gathering together a…

Resilient reefs

By: Lisa Becking · 14 January 2020
Category: Resilience of the richest reefs

Mostly when you hear about coral reefs in the news, it’s bad. Disease & death. Luckily there are a few bright spots in the world where the reefs are still quite healthy. One of those areas is Raja Ampat, Indonesia. In 2016 & 2017 there were global bleaching events, where…

Calm chaos on the Saba Bank

By: Lisa Becking · 29 November 2018
Category: Saba Bank

Day 6. Wild days Wild days on the Saba Bank. Things you take for granted on land, are such complexities on a ship rocking on the grand Sababankian waves. Place a cup on the table – wooosh, it’ll go flying if you don’t hold on to it. Same for plates…