Buleleng plans to develop marine park

Written by on June 18, 2012 in Bali Environment with 0 Comments

Buleleng plans to develop marine park



Buleleng regency in north Bali has an incredible 14,000 hectares of marine sites in three areas in Gerokgak, Lovina and Tejakula that could be developed into marine parks.

Abdul Manaf, head of marine conservation at Buleleng fishery and marine office, told the Bali Daily on the sidelines of a three-day workshop here in Singaraja, that the planned underwater sites would be managed by local communities and fishermen.

Gerokgak (west of Singaraja) has been recognized as one of the regency’s most prolific fishing hatchery centers, as well as the largest marine ornamental fish collection area in Bali. Around 500 collectors and 40 coral and ornamental fish exporters are reported to operate here, harvesting more than 200 species of ornamental fish for commercial purposes.

Lovina beach is renowned for its dolphins and miraculous underwater habitat. However, the uncontrolled development of tourist facilities, as well as an electricity power plant, will likely affect the marine life there.

Meanwhile Tejakula old fishing village, east of Singaraja, has already established a community-based marine ecotourism and marine management site since 2004.

“We have invited numerous marine experts to provide capacity building training on how to manage a community-based marine park,” Manaf said.

Four organizations — Conservancy International (CI), Reef Check, Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestari (LINI) and Yayasan Sekala, have been actively training government officials, members of the community and fishermen in the management and conservation of marine parks.

Buleleng regional administration issued a marine spatial plan and conservation zone on August 22, 2011.

“This is real follow-up action to the plan and it also reflects our strong commitment to preserving and conserving marine assets,” said Manaf.

The three-day training included planning and managing marine sites.

Hadir Reinhart from Conservancy International expected that the training would equip participants with knowledge on creating concepts for marine management and how to apply the concepts in their respective properties.

It is a collaborative effort among government, community, scientists, non-governmental organizations and other external parties. But it is the community that will handle, manage and conserve the marine sites. Training was also conducted to equip participants with knowledge on ecological monitoring and community-based coastal and marine resource conservation, as well as on how to conduct field surveys, document data and manage protected areas based on monitoring and evaluation results.

He said that this training formalized the efforts made by community members in Pemuteran, Bon Dalem and Les villages.

“The people in these villages have been conserving their underwater and coastal areas since the 1990s,” he added.

Tejakula village, one of the oldest fishing villages in Buleleng, has already involved its community in underwater conservation.

“With their continuing conservation work, Tejakula is now becoming the island’s most important center for tropical and aquarium fish,” he added.

The upcoming marine management concept will strongly emphasize the involvement of local villagers. “It is designed to benefit local residents and their natural marine properties,” he added.

If successful, the community-based marine park management scheme would be replicated in other villages in Buleleng regency.



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