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Jakarta Post

Coral damage affects humans: Experts

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, August 5 2011   /  10:34 am

Damage to coral reefs could affect various critical aspects of human life and should not be viewed as merely a loss of marine biodiversity, an expert warned.

“Coral reef damage also greatly affects food security, income, the stability of the whole ecosystem, and could increase the threat of coastal disasters,” Jensi Sartin from Bali-based Reef Check Foundation Indonesia said.

“Coral reefs support the lives of many people in various sectors. It contributes some US$1.22 million to the fishery sector and $212 million to Indonesia’s marine tourism industry,” he said at a recent workshop on climate change and coral reef resilience in Amed, Karangasem.

In 2010, 13 provinces nationwide reported issues of coral bleaching, one of the most common damages to reefs, with up to 90 percent of coral in Aceh suffering from this form of damage.

“In 1998, 16 percent...