We started our internship program in 2016, with our aquaculture of marine reef fish and reef restoration in the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre (LATC), at Les village in North Bali. The program is dedicated to offering Indonesian fresh graduates from fisheries, marine science, aquaculture backgrounds the chance to experience working on a wide range of fisheries and marine conservation issues. Interns will stay at the Centre for at least three months, although many of them extend their internships.
To date there have been 22 interns who graduated from the LINI internship program, with work experience covering captive breeding of the Banggai Cardinalfish, clownfish, preparing green-water and rotifer plankton cultures, building artificial structures for reef restoration, and monitoring the mortality and recruitment of corals on the structures.
Recently, we expanded our internship program to include our organic garden and education. Amel graduated from Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta, and Ade from Udayana University, Bali, during the period of September – December 2019, and they both took part in this new program. Amel learned about organic gardening, and Ade helped in educational outreach in the local schools at Les village.
The aim of expanding the program is to explore a wider range of activities for interns in the Centre, and also to help the local community. In 2020, we plan to offer the internship program not only in our Centre in North Bali but also at our field project site in Banggai Island, Central Sulawesi and in Banda Islands in Maluku. Stay tuned for the next news from LINI. We wish you all a happy prosperous new year!
Since the Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) raised the danger status of Mount Agung in Bali to the highest level of four, starting from Sept. 22, Les village, where the LATC is situated, has been busy accommodating over 1800 refugees, of which 200 are children. The refugee camp is only a few kilometers away from the Centre. Due to the status of Mt. Agung, all of the planned school visits to the LATC have had to be cancelled for the time being. However, it does not mean that we have no work! We are busy planning and preparing how to seal the aquariums, concrete ponds, and equipment from the dust if the volcano erupts.
In terms of children’s education, we have moved our activities to the children’s tent in the refugee camp. We have set up marine environmental education games, drawing and colouring, and have carried our audio visual equipment to show films to the children at Camp. Generous donations from friends, colleagues, and families have been used to support our marine environmental education program at this difficult time. We hope the situation will get better, but there is a huge degree of uncertainty, which prevents the volcano activity status from being lowered again, and causes widespread stress. No one knows if and when the volcano will erupt, so the refugees could potentially be spending many weeks or even months in the refugee centres. In the mean time, we will continue to cheer up the children in the refugee camp with various fun activities. Next week, the matinee show in the refugee tent will be the “Finding Nemo” film, and “The land before time”. Support (not only donations, but also books, drawing materials, water bottles etc.) will always be welcome to help the children to have a less traumatic time!
A donation of US$ 25 will allow us to expand our marine education activities, to include children from a wider area and enhance our teaching materials to deliver a more comprehensive program to the children