Marine Conservation Training at the LATC

Marine Conservation Training at the LATC

On 7th and 14th January 2017, a training of trainers session was held at the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre (LATC), focusing on marine conservation education. Eleven teachers from SD 5 (Primary school) at Les village attended the training. The teachers learned about environmental issues and conservation efforts being implemented in the village and surrounding areas. The teachers also had first-hand experience to observe the aquaculture activities at the Centre. The next step is for the teachers to utilize their new knowledge to teach the pupils from SD 5, and bring them to the Centre to learn about marine conservation.

Reef Restoration

Reef Restoration

LINI is helping the coastal communities, in Buleleng and Karangasem – Bali and some places throughout Indonesia to rehabilitate their reefs by establishing artificial reef aggregation structures in damaged areas. The objective of this community-based reef rehabilitation is to regain the function of the reefs to serve as habitats for fish and other reef organisms, on which the coastal communities depend for their livelihoods.

Reef Restoration

Reef Restoration

LINI is helping the coastal communities, in Buleleng and Karangasem – Bali and some places throughout Indonesia to rehabilitate their reefs by establishing artificial reef aggregation structures in damaged areas. The objective of this community-based reef rehabilitation is to regain the function of the reefs to serve as habitats for fish and other reef organisms, on which the coastal communities depend for their livelihoods.

In Bali, resorts are hosting reef restoration as part of their environmental care program. We help resorts to install artificial reefs, coral tables, and train their staff to monitor and maintain the sites.

LINI hopes to be able to continue assisting the coastal communities of Buleleng, who sincerely want to make positive changes to the marine environment there. Together with the fishing groups, LINI scientists have been monitoring and carefully recording the progress of reef restoration, and so far, the indications are good that significant numbers and species of fish (which had previously disappeared) are now returning to these reefs. The types of artificial reefs being installed include shrimp pots, roti buaya and fishdomes.

The LINI Aquaculture And Training Centre (LATC)

The LINI Aquaculture And Training Centre (LATC)

In December 2014, LINI started developing the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre in Les Village, North Bali where LINI has been working with aquarium fishers since 2008. The development of the Centre responds directly to the need to reduce the destruction of Indonesia’s globally important coral reefs, and to create incentives for reef management and conservation that benefit coastal communities who depend on coral reef resources.

The Centre offers training and opportunity for work experience in various aspect of marine conservation, reef restoration, aquaculture, and sustainable fishery management. The Centre aims to target industry, fishers, government staff, and university students to learn about aquaculture, and will focus on teaching practical skills and knowledge about the breeding and husbandry of reef fish.

Our first juvenile Banggai Cardinalfish at the LATC

North Bali

North Bali

LINI has been working with the aquarium fishers from Les village since 2008. In 2010, together with the fishers from Les and Penuktukan village, we have been restoring reefs in their villages using artificial reef structures. The reefs in Les village had become seriously damaged due to the destructive fishing methods used in the past. The focus of this project is to restore fish populations and enhance habitats, so that these artificial reefs can provide alternative collection areas to reduce the fishing pressure on natural reefs.

In December 2014, LINI started developing the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre in Les viilage. The development of the Centre responds directly to the need to reduce the destruction of Indonesia’s globally important coral reefs, and to create incentives for reef management and conservation that benefit coastal communities who depend on coral reef resources.
The Centre received support from the Australian Consulate-General in Bali through their Direct Aid Program, the family of Sianawati Sugiarto (the owner of Blue Star), who kindly let LINI use their land, and from the Australian Volunteer for International Development (AVID) Program.