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Jakarta Post

Bali tourism agency launches coral restoration project

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 21 2009   /  02:46 pm

The first coral transplantation project in Nusa Dua was launched Tuesday in an effort to restore the coral reefs and improve marine tourism in the area. Initiated by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) as part of the ongoing Nusa Dua Fiesta, the project invited tourists, fishermen's groups and several organizations to join the Adopt a Coral program, by donating US$25 for a fragment of transplanted coral. Some participants donated $500 for an artificial submarine reef and 20 pieces of transplanted corals. The artificial submarine reef is a man-made construction, which is submerged to serve as a platform for transplanted reefs. The transplanted coral, made by growing small pieces of living coral on a biological substrate, was attached in an artificial submarine reef. There were 16 submarine reefs, each of which consists of 20 pieces of transplanted corals. ...