Established in January 2008 by a small group of dedicated professionals, LINI is one of the few Indonesian non-profits currently working towards the development of community-based marine conservation areas to promote sustainable fisheries in Indonesia.
LINI works to support the conservation and management of coastal marine resources through science, and the education and empowerment of coastal communities. Our work is primarily implemented through collaboration with local stakeholders including local government, community groups, the private sector and local NGOs.
LINI continues to develop, field-test and refine a range of training materials to ensure their appropriateness for the many diverse coastal communities, whose needs are varied and often site-specific.
We have worked together with community groups in northern Bali to pilot reef rehabilitation programs to support Marine Conservation Areas management. Healthier reefs have been the basis for improved and sustainable livelihoods in the communities we work with. They have contributed to protecting community beaches from storm surges, providing a sustainable source for food- and ornamental fish, and creating opportunities for eco-tourism activities in the region.
LINI’s mission is to work with marginalized coastal communities to reverse the degradation of Indonesian coral reefs and raise awareness about responsible and sustainable marine resource use. We do this by focusing on: 1. Science & Education – Promoting coastal ecosystem conservation and restoration through research, education and capacity building within communities and local governments. 2. Sustainable Livelihoods – Promoting the development of sustainable and responsible fishing and marine ornamental business practices. 3. Partnerships – Providing a platform to link fishermen, the private sector, scientists and conservation actors, and governments.
A future in which people recognize the richness and value of marine ecosystems as a common global resource, and in which Indonesian coastal communities are committed and empowered to care for their environment and enjoy a higher quality of life.
LINI is the Indonesian term for a “line” or connection. LINI seeks to establish firm and lasting connections between all stakeholders involved in coastal resource management. We believe that establishing and maintaining strong connections between all people involved, will lead to the development of long-lasting solutions for sustainability.
Meet the Team
Team LATC Les
Nyka was a LINI intern at LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre (LATC) for almost five months in 2017. She assisted us to develop and implement our school education program. She graduated from a faculty of Biology of the Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 2017. Nyka is also an artist, and runs her own art company called Travelart. Nyka joined LINI in 2018, to manage our training and education program at LATC.
Khalis started to help LINI, when he was intern with our handline tuna Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) in Banda Islands. He spent 6 months in 2016 to study the distribution of sea surface temperature and chlorophyll – a concentration on a spatio-temporal to forecast potential yellowfin tuna fishing grounds. This was part of his first degree research at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Padjadjaran Univeristy, Bandung. Prior to joining LINI, Khalis helped field survey on the turtle trade and conservation in many parts of Indonesia. He is now with LINI, as a program assistant for FIP development, where one of his many tasks, including to conduct scoping for small scale octopus fisheries in Indonesia.
I Gede Surya Risuana AKA Surya is a Balinese who started as Intern with LINI in November 2016. He was tasked to conduct reef monitoring in the house reefs of LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre at desa Les, Buleleng, Bali. In the beginning of June 2017, Surya joned LINI as a staff to assist our octopus fishery and conservation program in Banggai Laut District Central Sulawesi. While in Banggai, Surya conducted survey and monitoring of the endemic species of Banggai Cardinalfish. Prior to joining LINI, Surya participated in the survey of the impact of micro plastic towards the wellbeing of Pari Manta in Nusa Penida with Marine Megafauna foundation (MMF). Surya graduated from Faculty of Marine Science, Udayana University, Bali.
Ron Lilley is originally from the UK, and now lives in Bali. He has travelled extensively throughout Indonesia, and has worked with a number of conservation NGOs. He assists LINI in proposal writing, proofreading and the production of publications, articles and papers in English for the media and specialist magazines. He also helps in developing outreach materials for the public, schools and volunteers,and gives presentations for LINI to the public. Ron has a Masters degreee in Conservation Biology, and is also a keen photographer of reptiles and invertebrates.
Made Partiana is a professional marine ornamental fish collector, based in North Bali . He has been one of LINI’s key trainers SINCE 2006 and has trained over 200 fellow collectors in the use of non-destructive fishing techniques throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Made is also a keen diver and assists LINI’s scientists in conducting fish surveys and monitoring.
Gayatri Reksodihardjo-Lilley is the founder of Yayasan LINI. She is a pioneer in marine conservation and sustainable fisheries work in Indonesia, with a long history of working with various International and local organizations, and with the Indonesian government.
Yunaldi is one of the very few experienced Indonesian fisheries scientists, specializing in reef monitoring, fish identification and reef survey methodologies. Born in West Sumatra, he holds a Masters degree the Udayana University, Bali. Yunaldi has a long history of working with Indonesian NGOs and he holds a Diving Instructor certificate from ADS International.
Andre Ali Mustain
Born in Banyuwangi, Andre Ali Mustain received his Masters degree from the Udayana University in Bali. His fields of expertise include community development, reef surveys and monitoring. Andre holds an Advance Diving certificate from ADS.
Ngurah Agung is responsible for finance and administration in LINI. He was born in Klungkung, Bali, and graduated from the Faculty of Accountancy in STIE YKPN Yogyakarta. Before LINI, he worked for various Banks, Hoteliers and Restaurants in Bali. Besides organizing finance and administration for the organization, Ngurah, who holds an open water dive certificate, also conducts basic business and household finance training sessions for fishermen’s groups and women’s groups.
Ni Kadek Sugiarti Dewi
Prior to joining LINI, Wiwik was a trainee at PT Taspen, and Public Account Gunarsa. She is currently registered as an accounting student at the Mahasaraswati University. She is in charge of preparing cash advance, reviewing travel report and GL data entry.
Eveline joined LINI as volunteer in 2014 to assist with various field works, including social economic surveys for traditional fisheries in North Bali, South an South East Sulawesi. After 4 months volunteering, Eveline joined LINI as a staff to assist in the development of our community aquaculture initiative for the marine ornamental trade, working with fishers in a Balinese fishing village. She holds a Master degree in Aquaculture from James Cook University.
Mr. Rezal Kusumaatmadja
A senior advisor for Mazars Starling Resources, who has more than 15 years of experience in natural resource management, community-based planning, forest conservation and sustainable-forest management.
Ms. Darwina Wijayanti
The Executive Director of LEAD Indonesia, an NGO specializing in capacity-building programs for leadership in sustainable development through holistic frameworks.
Partners and Supporters
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP)
LINI have been working with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) since 2013 to implement fisheries improvement projects across Indonesia. In order to implement the projects in Indonesia, the SFP work closely with LINI. Acting as secretariat, LINI’s role is to disseminate information about the FIPs, ensure FIP progress is monitored and updated on the website, facilitate regular meetings and manage promotion of FIPs to a wider audience, with the aim to encourage new participants.
During the last 4 years, our reef restoration program and capacity building program at the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre at Les village, have received welcome support from our supporters in the UK, the Independent Aquatic Imports and Maidenhead Aquatics partners. During the last visit in November 2017, we received a one-year supply of water quality test kits, which relieved us from the burden of the high costs of purchasing these test kits from overseas. During the visit, Fishkeeper Scotland came up with the idea of fund raising for our reef restoration efforts, to support us in helping to build more reef structures.
LINI receives support from Maidenhead Aquatics (https://fishkeeper.co.uk/) This support will enable us to to expand our reef restoration project and to develop our marine conservation and sustainable aquaculture training programs at the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre in Les village, North Bali.
Independent Aquatic Imports UK
LINI receives support from Independent Aquatic Imports UK (http://www.aquaticimports.com/). This support will enable us to to expand our reef restoration project and to develop our marine conservation and sustainable aquaculture training programs at the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre in Les village, North Bali.
Bali Double C – Indonesia
LINI receives support from Bali Double C to continue our effort to expand our reef restoration project in Bali.
Indofishclub – Indonesia
LINI collaborates with Indofishclub to reach out to the hobbyists and the industry in Indonesia to spread the words on our efforts to conduct reef conservation and to support sustainable marine ornamental fishery in Indonesia.
Pelagic Data Systems
LINI has received supports from Pelagic Data Systems for our community development projects in Banda Sea with traditional handline tuna, North Bali for our ornamental fish project and in traditional octopus fishery in Banggai Laut.
Interpet Central Garden and Pet Company
Interpet- Central garden and pet company. Caring for creatures at home
PT Intimas Surya
PT Intimas Surya is the fishing and seafood processing company in Bali, who leads handline yellowfin tuna FIP (Fisheries Improvement Project) in Banda Sea, and private sector partner for LINI’s fisheries improvement programme.
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation-Hongkong
Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong are providing support to LINI’s work in implementing a community-based conservation management of the Banggai Cardinalfish in Banggai Island, and to strengthen our training program to culture Banggai Cardinalfish in our training centre in North Bali
The New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium through the Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) has supported the development of LINI’s marine education program for local schools at Les village, to conduct teacher training for local school teachers and training to local government and marine aquarium industry in various aspects of aquaculture and reef restoration
The Australian Consulate in Bali supported LINI in developing a training and aquaculture centre in desa Les – Buleleng Bali through the Direct Aid Program in 2014 to 2016.
Nelayan Mina Lestari
Kelompok Nelayan Mina Lestari is a fisher group from desa Les who works with LINI to conduct community-based reef restoration along the North coast of Bali.
Blue Ventures collaborates with LINI to develop Community-based Octopus Fisheries Conservation Project in Banggai Island learning from Blue Ventures’ vast experience in Madagascar.
The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP)
The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) works with LINI to support the development of traditional handline yellowfin tuna management in Banda Sea.
LINI have been working with Alila Manggis resort near Candidasa since 2013 to restore coral reefs in front of the resort. Alila is working with over 20 fishermen from surrounding communities to implement a reef restoration plan, implement a training program with local staff and educate guests, fishermen and the wider community about marine conservation and the impact of overfishing on marine habitats and coastal communities. For further information, please visit the Alila Resorts Sustainable Tourism portal.
Fisheries Improvement Project
A Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) is an industry-led alliance of supply chain groups, from fishers to exporters to buyers, who work together to implement a management plan designed to help the fisheries meet the demands of the international market while reducing illegal fishing practices, habitat destruction and bycatch.
LINI and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership are working together to help the seafood industry in Indonesia develop a Fisheries Improvement Project. LINI’s role is to assist small scale projects by supporting implementation of the projects in the field, including FIP training using SFP FIP tools, facilitating stakeholder consultations, and acting as coordinator for the industry-led FIP.
Information on the industry led FIPs is publicly available on the the industry website, which is administered by LINI. It is our role to assist the FIPs in updating FIP progress on the website, editing and reviewing the progress updates and supporting the administration of FIP implementation.
Sustainable Ornamental Fisheries
Indonesia has been a hotspot of marine ornamental fish collection for the global market for at least 30 years. While the trade provides an important source of income for thousands of coastal communities, it is often based on unsustainable resource use and threatens the health of coastal marine ecosystems. A responsible and sustainable ornamental fish trade needs to be developed urgently and should be based on well-managed ecosystems and their resources, with shared responsibilities along the entire supply chains from the collectors to the consumers.
The marine ornamental trade in Indonesia has been active for so long that sustainability issues are now a matter for concern. Over-exploitation and the use of destructive collecting techniques are still widespread, with many high value targeted species being collected with cyanide. Stock mortalities remain high prior to export, because post -harvest handling techniques are poor and sourcing organisms that come from responsible and sustainable fisheries has also proven difficult due to a lack of reliable data.
As with other fisheries in Indonesia, effective reef fisheries management policies are currently lacking, and no local or national legal framework exists to support or regulate ornamental fish collection and trade. The trade is not an integrated business operation, which adds to the complexity of the supply chains. There are often several buyers between the collectors and exporters, which makes it a challenge to trace the origin of the stock. In addition, long trade routes negatively affect the health and survival rates of the organisms.
To address these issues, LINI, as the first and only local NGO working on the development of sustainable marine ornamental fisheries in Indonesia, aims to support the conservation and management of marine ornamental fisheries throughout Indonesia, by empowering coastal communities, providing training in practical skills, promoting fairer trade and more sustainable practices of marine resource use.
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)
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.
News and Publications
[EVENT] Our Ocean Our Playground Webinar
Celebrating World Oceans Day 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community partners in Les, North Bali, and Banggai island, Sulawesi
Update of Reef Restoration Research in the LATC
[EVENT] Eco Freediving Camp
Banda handline tuna fishers attended training on how to release live seabirds caught on fishing lines
Gearing up to expand our internship program in 2020
Working together with the local tourism industry to support marine conservation in Tejakula Sub-District, Buleleng, North Bali
Survey of Banggai Cardinalfish populations and their microhabitats
Update on Octopus fishery management in Banggai Archipelago
Working together with Australian Students as part of the New Colombo Plan
Aquaculture Research in the LATC
Helping the Banda Traditional Tuna Fishers to comply with the Fishing regulations
Practical Session for Banggai Cardinalfish Habitat Restoration
Reef Restoration Research in the LATC
2018 – What we have achieved in working with coastal communities at our field sites?
New hope from Banggai Island
A Big thank you to Fishkeeper Scotland!
News from the field
Banggai Expedition to support our conservation work in the Banggai Islands
Artificial Reef monitoring at Les village, North Bali
Internships and volunteers at LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre
Reaching out to children in the Mt. Agung refugee camp at Les village, north Bali
Conservation efforts for the Banggai Cardinalfish in Banggai Island
A One-Month Training Programme with Two Students from Cochin University, India
Tracking the fishing activities of octopus fishers in Banggai Laut
Desa Les primary school children celebrate Earth Day 2017 by cleaning village Beaches
Marine Conservation Training at the LATC
The Artisanal Octopus Fishery in Banggai Laut
Marine Conservation and Community Spirit in Bali
Khalis Dwi H – An Intern’s Experience, LINI FIP(Fisheries Improvement Project) in Banda Neira
Update from the LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre
Indonesian Marine Ornamental Symposium
Monitoring of the Banggai Cardinalfish population in Banggai
Blissology teams up with LINI to plant corals
The LATC is officially launched!
Training at the LATC
Tropical Marine Centre supports LINI
LINI’s first crowdfunding campaign launched!
Thank you Pairi Daiza!
Maidenhead Aquatics visits the LATC
Juvenile Blue Tang at the LATC
LINI’s Aquaculture and Training Center – September 2015
Visit from the Consul-General of Australia
Our first juvenile Banggai Cardinalfish at the LATC
LINI’s Training and Aquaculture Centre – June 2015
Where We Work
2016-11-27LINI has been working in the Banda Islands since January 2015. Banda Islands situated in the Banda Sea, and part of the Western Central Pacific Ocean. Administratively, Banda belongs to Maluku Provinc...
2016-11-27The Banggai Laut District has a total area of 12,882.45 km2, with almost 95% of marine areas (12,156.78 Km²). There are 290 islands, with only 44 islands are inhabitants. and 63 villages. The estimate...
2016-11-27LINI 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 ar...
By donating to LINI, you will become part of a community who is helping to improve our marine environment and scale the impact of our conservation efforts. Your donations will be used to support the aquaculture training for coastal communities, reef restoration program and marine education activities for local schools. LINI is grateful for your continued support!
Please click on the image to select your preferred project or amount below to make a secure donation via Paypal or credit card.
Contribute US$ 200
Your US$ 200 contribution will allow the fisherman of North Bali to build and deploy a fish dome to be included in their reef restoration site, which they have created to reverse the destruction caused by decades of destructive fishing practices through lack of education, including cyanide fishing.
Contribute US$ 100
Your US$100 contribution will allow fisherman to build a roti buaya, a one meter artificial structure, and plant corals on the structure, which will enhance marine habitats.
Contribute US$ 50
A donation of US$ 50 will allow one woman to attend one month training in aquaculture aspects.
Contribute US$ 25
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
Contribute US$ 15
Your US$ 15 contribution will allow us to plant a coral on a community reef restoration sites
Contribute US$ 5
Contribute US$ 5 to our information Centre in North Bali, which allows us to add more books for children in fishing communities to read and borrow.
Visit Our Center
Visit our Centre in Les village North Bali
The LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre
Visit, learn, explore and share your experience and knowledge in our training and aquaculture acentre in Les village in North Bali. You can learn on how the communities conducting fish breeding, and explore our reef restoration site, or even construct an artificial structure to add to the structures at the reef restoration areas. You can help the communities to protect the rich biodiversity of the coral reefs in North Bali while you participate in fun learning activities at our centre.
The activities being offered at LINI’s training centre are interactive and enjoyable ways to learn about marine environment. The activities can be tailored to engage various audiences and are open to all those interested in helping to protect the reefs, or just learning the Bali unique biodiversity.
If you are interested in visiting our training centre, please email The Indonesian Nature Foundation; or call us at (0361) 4782 444.
Become a partner
LINI is committed to join with like-minded, responsible corporate organisations and businesses who share LINI’s environmental values to make a real difference to marine conservation in Indonesia. By supporting LINI, you will have the opportunity to help strengthen reef, marine and environmental awareness, and to ensure Indonesia moves towards a sustainable future for fishing communities around the country.
If you are interested in discussing a corporate partnership arrangement, please contact the LINI team
If you are passionate about the marine environment and would like to be part of the solution to Indonesia’s threatened coral reefs and declining reef habitats, then why not consider volunteering at LINI. LINI recruits skilled volunteers to work alongside staff at LINI Aquaculture and Training Centre (LATC) in North Bali, and in our fisheries conservation project in Banggai Island, Central Sulawesi.
Our volunteer’s specialties are diverse, ranging from marine fish breeder, underwater archeologist, marine education specialist, English teacher, marketing and design graphic.
Available volunteer activities
- Diver volunteers to help us to monitor reef rehabilitation sites in LATC, North Bali. Flexible start date in 2018.
- Marine Aquarist who can help us to expand our breeding program at our Aquaculture and Training Centre. Flexible start date in 2018, minimum 3 months commitment is desired.
- Teaching English to village children and adults who are wishing to learn English. in Banggai Island, Central Sulawesi. Flexible start date in 2018, 2 months commitment is desired.
- English to Indonesia vice versa translators to help us translate LINI’s report into English!
We welcome volunteers based anywhere in the world for this project.
Please contact us If you’d like to ask a question or receive more information.
LINI’s office is located at:
Jl. Tukad Badung XIX No.2, Renon, Denpasar Selatan, Denpasar, Bali 80226
T: +62 361 4782 444
F: +62 361 4782 444