The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry on Sunday officially launched the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area to protect rich marine resources and support marine tourism and fishery for the livelihood of islanders.
The 20,057-hectare area is a collaborative effort by residents of Nusa Penida, Klungkung regency, the Nature Conservancy (TNC) Indonesia Marine Program with the support of USAID-Coral Triangle Support Partnership.
It is the first marine protected area established in Bali under this program.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said the protected area would contribute to the government’s target to protect coastal ecosystems and 20 million hectares of marine area by 2020.
“This is also a concrete step to implement the Coral Triangle Initiative that Indonesia established along with the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Papua N...