CORAL CONSERVATION

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The Coral Triangle is known for its richness of marine life and with its close proximity, the Anambas Islands are also endowed with exceptional marine biodiversity.

There are still many pockets in this small archipelago that remain undocumented and Pulau Bawah which is situated at the southern reaches of the Anambas (2°30’55.57″N, 106° 2’47.10″E) is one such area.

BAF has conducted two Reef Health Monitoring in collaboration with National University of Singapore and a team of Indonesian Marine Biologists. The full report can be downloaded from the links below:

• Mangrove and Segrass Preliminary Survey.pdf
• Coral and Fish Mapping Report March 2018.pdf

To date 240 species of reef fish have been recorded from its south-eastern reefs but there is a paucity of information on other reef organisms such as the hard corals. BAF employs 2 on-site marine biologists who have so far built 10 coral tree nursery, growing a total of 600 with staghorn coral fragments and we are currently building 21 artificial reefs (hexadomes).

We believe that education is at the forefront of change and therefore guests of Bawah Reserve can participate by taking part in conservation dives where they can be marine biologists for the day. During a dive they have the opportunity to perform coral transplantation and reef health monitoring. They can also adopt a coral tree branch or hexadome to help us in our quest to repopulate the reefs.

Did you know?

The Coral Triangle is a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
It contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each eco-region. There are more coral reef species here than anywhere else on Earth. Six of the world’s seven sea turtle species live here. It’s a 6-million km2 ecosystem that sustains economies and supports more than 100 million people.