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Bali's Coral Reef Under Threat

Only 8.74% of Bali's Surrounding Reef Considered in Excellent Condition.


Bali News: Bali's Coral Reef Under Threat
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(8/26/2006)

Bali's natural beauty is under threat, both above and below sea level.

According to page-one report in the Indonesian language Bali Post, 23/19% of Bali's natural reef has been destroyed.

According to the report, of an estimated 61.13 square kilometers of remaining natural reef surrounding the Island only 50.05 kilometers remain. Moreover, of the remaining reef 69.81% (34.93 square kilometers) is in poor condition; 21.45% (10.73 square kilometers) is in satisfactory condition and only 8.74% (4.37 square kilometers can be termed in excellent shape.

Local tourism figure and award-winning reef preservation activist, Gusti Agung Prana, has termed the need for rehabilitation of Bali’s reefs "absolute." To that end, Prana in cooperation with two leading European experts in reef revitalization have launched a bio rock coral reef growing project in Pemuteran, North Bali.

While scientists perform miracle below water growing new reefs, local community members in the pacalang laut supervise fishing and pollution to make sure the new reefs remain strong and healthy.



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