In 2012, thanks to the generosity of over 150 individual and organizational backers, Banggai Rescue was successful in obtaining its initial funding. Crowd-funding pledges were accepted through the BANGGAI RESCUE page on Kickstarter running, with the funding period lasting 30 days and ending at approximately 2:00 PM EST, April 8th, 2012.
After multiple unforeseen delays and hurdles, as of 2013, the team has successfully produced Banggai Cardinalfish: A Guide to Captive Care, Breeding, & Natural History, the authoritative book in hardcover, softcover, and e-book editions telling the remarkable story of the Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni), a beguiling coral reef species at the confluence of fishery issues in developing countries, sustainability, and aquaculture.
A darling of the aquarium trade, this fish connects native fishing families in a remote region of Indonesia with aquarists worldwide, but overfishing and a mysterious virus now threaten it.
The initial funding allowed an interdisciplinary team, including scientists and an embedded journalist, to mount an expedition to the Banggai Islands to document the story and develop new protocols for the mariculture and captive breeding of this species. The expedition was undertaken in June 2012, and an experienced publisher has committed to the book project.
Initial funding was secured through: