CONSERVATION OF MARINE HABITAT

Conserve biodiversity sinks through the creation of marine nature reserves and by providing physical protection for these natural areas

Climate change and heavy fishing have led to the rapid decline in fish stocks. It’s also due to the mismanagement and local exploitation of seabeds such as coral reef destruction (dynamite fishing, cyanide…). Indeed, it is estimated that fishing with explosives, a practice only recently abandoned in the region, destroyed about 75% of Indonesian reefs (Source: Reefbase).

Like a vicious circle, the destruction of the seabed at the local level has a strong impact on fishermen’s yields, who will turn to other activities such as logging, poaching or slash-and-burn farming, contributing to the destruction of their forest environment, which will affect rice yields in the near future. All the agricultural and fisheries sectors are therefore threatened in the short and medium term.

In this context, we wish to act by creating a marine reserve that will serve as a refuge and breeding site for reef species.

Muaro Duo Bay currently has no official status. Nevertheless, with the agreement of the mayors of the 2 closest villages, Rimba currently protects a sea area of 5 hectares! In the end we wish to extend the protected area to 45Ha.

In 7 years of protection, it is already possible to see the difference and notice a clear improvement of the reef in the bay :

Increase in the number of fish species

Increase in the density of individuals per species

Return of reef sharks over the past 4 years

Confirmed presence of 9 resident turtles against 2 turtles 7 years ago

Presence of dozens of lobsters when they had disappeared from the bay

Presence of many new coral shoots