Gearing up to expand our internship program in 2020

Gearing up to expand our internship program in 2020

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! 

Amel (left) and Ade (right) helping each other to make the Centre green (photo: Nyka)
Ade and Amel attaching some information posters (photo: Nyka)

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.

Monitoring of the Banggai Cardinalfish population in Banggai

Monitoring of the Banggai Cardinalfish population in Banggai

In August 2016 LINI team conducted a population survey of the Banggai Cardinalfish in seven sites in Banggai Island. The sites were Bongo, Kapela, Tolokibit, Monsongan, Tinakin Laut, Popisi, and Bone Baru. The survey aimed to monitor the distribution and population density of BCF that were conducted by LINI since 2007. Continue reading

The LATC is officially launched!

The LATC is officially launched!

The LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre (LATC) was officially launched on 7 April 2016. The launch was attended by community groups, university students, Government representatives from the District and Jakarta, and the private sector. We were overwhelmed by the positive response the Centre received. Continue reading

Training at the LATC

Training at the LATC

On 13 February 2016, training was held at the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre (LATC) on breeding fire and cleaner shrimp and the propagation of carpet anemone. Twelve participants (fishers, LATC staff and LINI staff) attended the training, which was given by Ibu Wiwie from Cahaya Baru Jakarta. Continue reading