News from the field

News from the field

Since March we have been very busy hosting interns and volunteers at the LATC in North Bali, and in our field project on Banggai Island. Our Indonesian interns, Adam and Karina, have been diving and helping with our marine conservation program on the coral restoration site at Les village. Karina is focusing on the monitoring of the growth of the corals we transplanted onto the artificial reef structures, while Adam is helping with our aquaculture activities.

We have been very lucky to have Jonathan from the UK, helping us to understand more about technical aspects of aquaculture. It is always good to have fresh input from the outside world, and Jonathan has given us much useful information and food for thought.

Jonathan from UK
Jonathan from UK

Vany, from West Sumatra, has been volunteering in Banggai Island since March. She has been helping in the training and mentoring of the local communities of Bone Baru village, and learning how to breed the endangered Banggai cardinalfish (BCF). In Bone Baru, LINI is helping the local community to set up a community-based breeding program for BCF, to help to reduce the collection of BCF from their natural habitats. We still have a long way to go, but the people of Bone Baru are keen to learn and support the conservation of this rare fish that lives in their area.

helping local communities Bone Baru Banggai Island
Vany, with hat on, helping local communities from Bone Baru Banggai island

In May 15, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries visited the community-breeding in Bone Baru, and learned that the people of Banggai have been working hard towards conservation of the endemic species and marine habitat.

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