North Bali Reef Conservation
North Bali Reef Conservation is a Non-Governmental Organisation and volunteering program based in the small fishing village of Tianyar on the North East coast of Bali. Tianyar’s reef has potential to be a healthy and highly diverse coral reef but is currently in poor condition due to abusive and unsustainable actions in the past. Until the 1950s the Tianyar beach was a port for traders who used to anchor their ships on the reef. Before, it was also fashionable to harvest coral for it to be crushed into a fine white powder and used to show a family’s wealth when painted on the outside of their house.
More recently, the marine ecosystem is under pressure from plastic pollution choking marine life as well as pressure from few individuals using unsustainable fishing practices. An urgent need to protect and conserve the reef was identified and in July 2017 North Bali Reef Conservation was founded by I Ketut De Sujana Mahartana, the founder of Volunteer in Bali Program and Zach Boakes, an undergraduate environmental scientist. Alongside their aim to restore and conserve Tianyar’s coral reef, they also aim to provide an alternative, sustainable livelihood to the local people. North Bali Reef Conservation has since started several environmental and sustainability projects focusing on education, mentality change, a no take Marine Protection Area (MPA), pollution reduction, and the construction of artificial reef structures.
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Check out their progress on artificial reef structures!
They have been seeing the success of their artificial reef structures over the last years and the ongoing artificial reef monitoring program has shown them that their artificial reefs really are improving marine biodiversity and abundance on an area of previously destroyed reef.
Their varied artificial reef designs provide habitat niches for many fish species like Damselfish, Butterflyfish and Surgeonfish (as seen in this photo), as well Mantis Shrimp, Hawksbill Turtles, Moray Eels and many more. Several species of coral are already growing on some of their older units.
How do they install these artificial reefs?
The deployments involve floating the structures out on a raft made by their fishermen. It is then dropped and placed onto an a bare, sand bottomed area approximately 8-10 meters deep. Once deployed, their trainee local divers ensure that the structures are placed in a stable, upright position.
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