• Corals replanted in Indonesia’s Gili Nanggu to try and repair damage from blast fishing

    Illustration. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Thousands of corals have been replanted in the waters of Indonesia’s Gili Nanggu, where blast fishing has taken a toll on reefs.

    The Maritime and Fishery Ministry`s Marine and Coastal Resources Management Agency (BPSPL) has been partnering with locals to replant corals since 2013 in Gili Nanggu, an official stated on Sunday.

    Gili Nanggu is a small idyllic island off the west coast of Bali’s neighboring island, Lombok that although is off the beaten track, is starting to grow in popularity with traveler’s exploring out past Bali.

    But the island’s beautiful corals have taken a hit from fishermen using bombs aka blast fishing to access the area’s abundant groupers and snappers.

    “We have worked with the local government, and the locals to
    transplant the coral reefs in the waters around Gili Nanggu,” Barmawi, the BSPL chairman for Bali and West Nusa Tenggara said on Sunday, as quoted by Antara Bali.

    Over the course of the replanting process, five concrete platforms were lowered to the seabed, each bearing around 56 “baby corals,” or planula.

    Although coral replanting has been performed by BPSPL since 2013, the agency just started a monitoring and evaluation process last year. According to the evaluation done in 2017, about 80 percent of the replanted coral have flourished, Barmawi said.

    Gili Nanggu is part of the Gita Nada conservation zone, along with two other nearby islands, Gili Tangkong and Gili Sudak.

    “Apart from restoring the marine ecosystem, the coral transplantation program is aimed to educate the locals and the tourists (on the conservation program conducted in the island),” Barmawi understored.

    Fishermen should benefit from the coral replanting in the long run, Barmawi added, explaining that the growth will provide nutrition to fish that otherwise were being overfished and were faced with a diminishing food supply.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/corals-replanted-indonesias-gili-nanggu-try-repair-damage-blast-fishing/
    Re-posted by Pande

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