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Bali's Coral Reefs Under Threat

Bio-Rock Reefs Hold Promise of Restoring Critical Eco-Systems Beneath Indonesia's Seas.

(9/12/2005) An expert in fisheries and the coral reef has warned that only 8.74% of Bali's underwater reef system remains in "good" condition.

Ir. I Made Sudarsana, from the Sea and Fisheries Department, speaking at a conference on coordination of installation and management of man-made reefs on Thursday, September 8, 2005, said that of the 61.13 square kilometers of reefs surrounding Bali only 50.05 square kilometers or 76.81% remains. Of the remaining amount of living coral 69.81% is in poor condition, 21.45% in satisfactory condition, and only 4.37 square kilometers or 8.74% is in good shape.

According to the reef and fisheries expert, the declining condition of Bali's coral reefs underlines the urgent need to support all steps to rehabilitate the reefs using man-made bio-rock techniques.

According to Surdarsana, Bali reeds are under threat on a number of fronts including the use of explosives to capture fish, water pollution and poorly managed tourism activities.

3rd Biorock Workshop

The Third Biorock Workshop will be held in Pemuteran, North Bali, from November 21-28, 2005.

The Biorock Process is a revolutionary technology used to grow structures and marine ecosystems in seawater. It provides a cost-effective and sustainable method to accelerate coral growth and increase coral survival particularly in areas where environmental stress has affected existing reefs. Biorock methods can help restore damaged coral reefs and provide building materials from sustainable energy resources for marine culture of corals, oysters, clams, lobsters, fish, and erosion control structures.

 

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