Manta Ray Bay Resort has been at the front of sustainability in the diving industry and Bill has been lighting the carbon footprint of his operation, since 1986. Today is no different and more changes than ever are in being realized.
1. Renewable Energy
Solar water heaters for the hotel was the first phase of the solar implementation. Bill has been scaling up his renewable energy plan since 2013 and has just about covered every roof he has with solar panels to offset island power usage.
2. Direct Investment in Ecology and Marine Environment Education
Bill is passionate about ocean conservation and has taken a personal front line in the diving world by creating and promoting conservation and ecology educational dive events in Yap. We are happy to announce a 2019 Shark Conservation Dive Package with Divers 4 Sharks and the Shark Angels.
Our previous creation was a joint project with Manta Trust and the Micronesian Conservation Coalition that turned out to be one of our most successful dive packages, Manta Mania.
Another special event is Marine Biology Weeks in Yap is where guests dive with marine biologist, Stephan Moditzo, and perform laboratory exercises during three workshops.
These events take money to get going, time spent nurturing connections with scientists, meeting with activists and working with the people who support them.
This investment is done to continue leading in the industry and to grow future divers that are aware of the issues concerning our ocean.
3. Coral Reef Restoration
This month we are announcing our coral reef restoration project in partnership with Richard Shaul and Sea Byte, Inc. Three restoration areas have been established and samples harvested. This project includes monitoring, evaluation as well as capacity building by creating a local team who will carry out this project.
All plastic is on the chopping block, drinking straws, food wrappers and containers as well as drinking cups. We might not be able to end our relationship with plastic, but our operation is cutting every disposable plastic product out of the daily program.
5. Re-use of Brewery Ingredients
Oat bread, grain bread and various baked goods are made using the ingredients from our craft brewing process.