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Jakarta Post

Coral program improves livelihoods, environment

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 11 2008   /  11:07 am

A group of dedicated young conservationists from Serangan Island have turned their skills in transplanting and nurturing coral reefs into a growing commercial enterprise. The group has also become the island's first-ever private provider of coral transplantation services. One of the initiators of the business and local youth leader Wayan Patut, says in the past many Serangan residents made a living by excavating coral and selling it to construction companies and coral traders. Serangan, which lies some 15 kilometers south of Denpasar, offers limited choices of livelihoods for the local population. Fishing and coral excavation were two of the main sources of income for the islanders. The initiation of the Bali Turtle Island Development tourism project brought significant changes to the island's natural landscape. A two-lane asphalt road, a concrete bridge con...