We would like to invite all of the marine enthusiasts to join the webinar tomorrow.
This year we celebrate World Oceans Day with our community partners in North Bali and Banggai Island. Like many millions of other people around the world, the North Bali aquarium fishers, have been severely impacted by the pandemic. Because there have been no orders from the buyers to catch the fish, and almost no international flights coming out of Bali, the fishers are forced to be idle and have no other source of income.
Fortunately, we have received a number of donations from divers and friends of LINI, which the fishers have chosen to use for buying materials so that they can add more artificial structures to their reef restoration sites. This week we built 25 structures, and these will all be deployed at the reef restoration site near Les village in North Bali. In two or three years’ time, the additional new coral coverage will provide the villagers with healthy fish populations to harvest, and an additional source of income from dive tourism.
Our community partners in Bone Baru, Banggai Island, are celebrating with a story-telling session for children, telling them traditional stories about the sea. This is also important because it also helps to keep the local culture alive!
LINI founder Gayatri has also been asked to participate as a speaker on the panel of Innovation Through Community Engagement for a Sustainable Ocean, at the United Nations World Oceans Day 2020 virtual event on Monday, June 8th United Nations World Oceans Day 2020. This is a great opportunity for us to share our community-oriented and driven solutions for conserving Indonesia’s coral reefs with a potentially huge global audience!
Let us hope for the better world, as our understanding and care for the oceans continue to grow!
It has been three months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, also reaching remote communities in the areas where we work. It has affected our community partners in different ways. Since late March 2020, the marine aquarium fishers in Les village have had less orders, and therefore significantly less income, and there have been almost no international flights coming out of Bali, so no cargo has been shipped anywhere. The fishers are starting to face a hard life, and they are struggling to put food on the table for their families. Working at the Aquaculture Centre with us has helped them a little bit, and friends of LINI have supported the fishers’ families by providing rice, cooking oil, and eggs for them, and milk for the younger children.
Despite all the uncertainty, we still continue with all aspects of our fieldwork that do not require us to attend or organize any gatherings. We try to practice physical distancing, wearing masks, and maintain a high level of hygiene at the Centre.
The monitoring of the restored reefs has still been conducted every month. During our monitoring this May, we encountered coral bleaching at depths of 5 meters to 20 meters, and bleaching has also been reported on neigbouring reefs along the North coast of Bali.
Our community partner Yayasan KALI in Banggai, and the fisherfolks in Banggai, continue to restore the habitat of the Banggai cardinalfish (BCF), and regularly conduct monitoring of the BCF populations in Bone Baru. They celebrated Earth Day with the planting of mangrove seedlings, which will increase the area for fish to breed in and protect the coastline from erosion. While the Bone Baru villagers continue with their conservation work, the Octopus fishers of Popisi village in North Banggai have not been so lucky, as their Octopus fishing activities have stopped almost completely. The Octopus fishers must try and find alternative jobs, such as labours and construction workers, at a time when so very many other poor people are out of work.
We will continue to support these communities as best we can but hope that anyone wanting to give donations to help them will do so. All donations will go directly to the villagers who are working with us on the community- based conservation projects. Thank you again for your interest and support!
We are very pleased to know that our reef restoration program continues receiving technical support from various institutions. In September 2019, M. Abrar, a coral scientist from Research Centre for Oceanography – the Indonesian Institute of Science, and Prof. Dr. Bert Hoeksema from the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leyden visited and dived at the sites. M Abrar assisted us in identifying natural coral recruitment on our coral restoration sites.
Since January 2019, with support from the CORAL Alliance, we have been monitoring natural recruitment of hard corals on the surfaces of the fishdomes and rotibuaya, and survivability of coral fragments tied to the ‘hexaframes’ (metal frames coated in sand, originally called “spiders”). We will continue to study and monitor our reef restoration with support from our interns and community conservation groups from the Tejakula sub-District area.
In January 2020, our long-term supporters, Colin Christian and Louisa from Fishkeeper Scotland, came to visit and helped in deploying new artificial reef structures. Since June 2019, Colin has developed an “Adopt a coral” program to support our reef restoration efforts. Their support has contributed towards our monitoring and expansion of the program.
We continue seeking help from others who would like to support our program. We also encourage students to contact LINI if they are interested in our program, because they will not only learn about reef conservation, but also connect with various stakeholders who come to our Centre. We believe that every effort we make to find solutions to help to preserve the marine ecosystem requires strong connections among all the people involved.
The 2020 inaugural Eco Freediving Camp is proudly presented by Anak Pacific and Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestari (LINI). We have joined forces in collaboration as a freediving and underwater photography centre and a community development and sustainable fisheries NGO. Together we are offering the Indonesia’s first ever marine conservation and freediving course.
What makes this course extraordinary? During the camp you will be trained to become a freediver, diving from 12 to 20 meters with a single breath, as well as a marine conservationist! You will also learn about reef restoration and basic aquaculture technique, which is going to be useful. This camp will be conducted in LINI Aquaculture Training Centre (LATC) located in Tejakula, Bali. We believe building a healthy relationship with the ocean is a personal adventure, so you can get the best out of this experience. Our camp is exclusively limited only for eight participants.
The Eco Freediving Camp is a call for environmentalists and freedivers of all levels to manifest the changes they want to see in the world. Come together and discover how freedivers can be a positive force in our blue planet.