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Waste, sedimentation endanger Ambon Bay's coral reefs

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 2 2009   /  10:29 am

Severe sedimentation and pollution, especially from household waste, are slowly and surely degrading the marine environment in Ambon Bay. To make matters worse, waste gathers in the bay area where it is trapped by the rapid tides. According to studies conducted by the Ambon chapter of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the ecological destruction in Ambon Bay is due to damage that is increasingly difficult to overcome or reverse. The current development process, which ignores social and ecological aspects, has further worsened the area's condition. Consequently, a number of marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, are facing further threats. A researcher at the Ambon office of LIPI's Marine Biota Conservation Center (BKBL), Daniel Sapulette, told The Jakarta Post in Ambon recently that the underwater topography of Ambon Bay was unique because of the irregular wate...