Coral Reefs Rehabilitation for Preserving Marine Biota in Raja Ampat

goodmorningpapua.com – For the sake of supporting an effort to preserve marine biota, PLN provided an assistance for coral reefs conservation around Kampung Yensawai coast, Raja Ampat and Harlem Coastal Waters, Jayapura. The second phase of assistance with total value of IDR 200 million provided to two locations as one of Social and Environmental Responsibility [TJSL] programs.

Having the same focus and program in repairing damaged coral reef ecosystems, one of the assistances was given to the Center for the Study of Coastal and Marine Resources (PKSPL)-IPB University and has been realized in Yensawai Village.

As for the conservation of the waters of Harlem Coast, the assistance was provided to the Center for the Study of Marine and Fisheries Resources (PS2KP) of Cenderawasih University. By using the transplant method, coral rehabilitation activities are carried out in stages with growth monitoring being able to be carried out after three months of the process.

A Chair of the PKSPL-IPB University Coastal Ecosystem Rehabilitation Implementation Team, Fery Kurniawan, explained that the coastal ecosystem rehabilitation program in Yensawai Village had many positive impacts, one of which was from the sustainable finance aspect. Playing a role in assisting the program, most of the planting and monitoring activities are conducted independently by community groups.

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Up to now, the transplantation process has progressed significantly in both locations. Based on the results of monitoring, coral growth in Yensawai Village has a survival rate of 99% with a total of 317 successful coral fragments. Not much different, the survival rate of coral transplantation in Harlem Beach reached 92% with a total of 50 coral fragments growing well.

On the other hand, the Chair of the Center for the Study of Marine and Fisheries Resources (PS2KP), University of Cenderawasih, Yunus Paulangan, expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by PLN Peduli. It was deemed sufficient to get good results in the first stage, this program was eventually continued to the second stage.

Meanwhile, General Manager of PLN Main Unit for Papua and West Papua Region, Andy Achaminoerdin, said that this is a form of PLN’s commitment to help preserve nature. In addition, the balance in the marine ecosystem is also expected to have an economic impact on the community.

In both locations, the majority of local residents’ income comes from fishing. These activities must of course also be supported by healthy marine habitats. Together with PKSPL IPB University, PS2KP Uncen and the community, PLN seeks to preserve coral reefs in these locations. It is hoped that this effort can run well, get maximum results and can have a sustainable impact, both for marine life and people’s daily lives.

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In the future, various steps will be taken to maximize coral growth. It is planned that PKSPL-IPB University will take several steps to reduce and overcome the obstacles faced and carry out the second monitoring at the end of this month. Meanwhile, for PS2KP Universitas Cenderawasih, the second evaluation and monitoring activity will be carried out in December 2022.

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