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Learn more about how local communities are protecting coral reefs in Indonesia's Forgotten Islands in a special blog post written by CTC Executive Director Rili Djohani. "When we sailed away from Maumere towards Wetar and beyond, I was looking forward to learn more about how the island communities engage in the protection of their beautiful coastal resources. Anthropologists call these islands: “Forgotten Islands“, because they historically had little contact with the rest of Indonesia." Read more from this link: bit.ly/forgottenislands ... See MoreSee Less

Learn more about how local communities are protecting coral reefs in Indonesias Forgotten Islands in a special blog post written by CTC Executive Director Rili Djohani. When we sailed away from Maumere towards Wetar and beyond, I was looking forward to learn more about how the island communities engage in the protection of their beautiful coastal resources. Anthropologists call these islands: “Forgotten Islands“, because they historically had little contact with the rest of Indonesia. Read more from this link: http://bit.ly/forgottenislands

Warm New Year wishes from all of us at Coral Triangle Center. We hope the coming year will bring good health and inspiration to all of us a we continue to care for our planet and people!
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Harapan Tahun Baru yang hangat dari Coral Triangle Center.Kami berharap tahun mendatang akan membawa kesehatan dan inspirasi yang baik bagi kita semua bahwa kita terus merawat bumi dan manusia kita!
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Warm New Year wishes from all of us at Coral Triangle Center. We hope the coming year will bring good health and inspiration to all of us a we continue to care for our planet and people! 
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Harapan Tahun Baru yang hangat dari Coral Triangle Center.Kami berharap tahun mendatang akan membawa kesehatan dan inspirasi yang baik bagi kita semua bahwa kita terus merawat bumi dan manusia kita!

We are deeply saddened by the news that CTC’s board member Bapak Widodo Ramono passed away at the hospital in Bogor today due to complications from Covid-19. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Ibu Turnia and children Hesti, Dewi and Elfan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Pak Widodo leaves an impressive conservation legacy behind with 41 years of service in the Forestry Department, 4 years in TNC and his remaining years until now in the Rhino Foundation. He put his heart and soul in conservation. His knowledge, commitment and passion for conservation, and his calmness under all circumstances was an inspiration for us all. His support to CTC since our establishment in 2010 until to date is greatly appreciated. Pak Widodo shared his extensive field experience with all of us and wholeheartedly supported our approach in turning knowledge into on the ground action.

Pak Wid received several international awards for his relentless efforts for conservation and particularly for his work on rhinos in Ujung Kulon and Way Kambas National Park. He has been instrumental in advancing conservation in Indonesia as Director for Species Conservation and National Parks of the Forestry department, Policy Director in TNC, Board Member at CTC, and as Executive Director of Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI) supported by the International Rhino Foundation.

Pak Widodo will be sorely missed but fondly remembered as one of the most dedicated conservation leaders of Indonesia.
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We are deeply saddened by the news that CTC’s board member Bapak Widodo Ramono passed away at the hospital in Bogor today due to complications from Covid-19. Our deepest sympathy to his wife Ibu Turnia and children Hesti, Dewi and Elfan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
 
Pak Widodo leaves an impressive conservation legacy behind with 41 years of service in the Forestry Department, 4 years in TNC and his remaining years until now in the Rhino Foundation. He put his heart and soul in conservation. His knowledge, commitment and passion for conservation, and his calmness under all circumstances was an inspiration for us all. His support to CTC since our establishment in 2010 until to date is greatly appreciated. Pak Widodo shared his extensive field experience with all of us and wholeheartedly supported our approach in turning knowledge into on the ground action.
 
Pak Wid received several international awards for his relentless efforts for conservation and particularly for his work on rhinos in Ujung Kulon and Way Kambas National Park. He has been instrumental in advancing conservation in Indonesia as Director for Species Conservation and National Parks of the Forestry department, Policy Director in TNC, Board Member at CTC,  and as Executive Director of Yayasan Badak Indonesia (YABI) supported by the International Rhino Foundation.
 
Pak Widodo will be sorely missed but fondly remembered as one of the most dedicated conservation leaders of Indonesia.

Make the ocean happy this holiday season! Check out our unique wooden carved turtles, gifts that give back to the ocean! All proceeds support marine conservation in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle.

All items available at CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Contact us for more information.
Email: info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/WA : +6281139400400

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Mari kita memberikan yang terbaik untuk laut kita di musim liburan ini! Lihat koleksi ukiran penyu kayu unik, hadiah yang berkontribusi untuk laut! Semua hasil mendukung konservasi laut di Indonesia dan Segitiga Terumbu Karang.

Seluruh barang tersedia di CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Hubungi kami untuk informasi lebih lanjut.
Email : info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/wa : +6281139400400
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Make the ocean happy this holiday season! Check out our unique wooden carved turtles, gifts that give back to the ocean! All proceeds support marine conservation in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle.

All items available at CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Contact us for more information.
Email: info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/WA : +6281139400400

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Mari kita memberikan yang terbaik untuk laut kita di musim liburan ini! Lihat koleksi ukiran penyu kayu unik, hadiah yang berkontribusi untuk laut! Semua hasil mendukung konservasi laut di Indonesia dan Segitiga Terumbu Karang. 

Seluruh barang tersedia di CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Hubungi kami untuk informasi lebih lanjut.
Email : info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/wa : +6281139400400

Christmas is almost here! Still looking for Christmas gift? Check out our unique gifts that give back to the ocean! All proceeds support marine conservation in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle.

All items available at CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Contact us for more information.
Email: info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/WA : +6281139400400

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Hari Natal sudah dekat. Masih mencari hadiah Natal? Lihat kumpulan hadiah unik kami yang akan berkontribusi kembali ke laut! Semua hasil dari hadiah ini akan mendukung konservasi laut di Indonesia dan Segitiga Terumbu Karang.

Seluruh barang tersedia di CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Hubungi kami untuk informasi lebih lanjut.
Email : info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/wa : +6281139400400
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Christmas is almost here! Still looking for Christmas gift? Check out our unique gifts that give back to the ocean! All proceeds support marine conservation in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle.

All items available at CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Contact us for more information.
Email: info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/WA : +6281139400400

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Hari Natal sudah dekat. Masih mencari hadiah Natal? Lihat kumpulan hadiah unik kami yang akan berkontribusi kembali ke laut! Semua hasil dari hadiah ini akan mendukung konservasi laut di Indonesia dan Segitiga Terumbu Karang.

Seluruh barang tersedia di CTC Center for Marine Conservation, Sanur - Bali. Hubungi kami untuk informasi lebih lanjut.
Email : info@coraltrianglecenter.org
Ph/wa : +6281139400400

In November 2020, CTC started a partnership with OceanCycle (OC) to support their project in Indonesia. OC is a social enterprise reimagining the circular economy through sourcing, certifying, and reusing materials to prevent ocean plastic pollution, and make it easy for companies to integrate ocean-bound plastics into their products. Read more about it via this link bit.ly/3mjOMER ... See MoreSee Less

In November 2020, CTC started a partnership with OceanCycle (OC) to support their project in Indonesia. OC is a social enterprise reimagining the circular economy through sourcing, certifying, and reusing materials to prevent ocean plastic pollution, and make it easy for companies to integrate ocean-bound plastics into their products. Read more about it via this link https://bit.ly/3mjOMER

Last month, CTC in collaboration with the MSC - Marine Stewardship Council facilitated a virtual meeting to develop a Fisheries Improvement Program (FIP) action plan for selected snapper species in Banda Islands, Maluku. This meeting also aimed to present highlighted pre-assessment results and findings done during the second quarter of 2020 and map out further assessments that will find out the best species for the FIP. Read more about it via this link bit.ly/3oVsxXl ... See MoreSee Less

Last month, CTC in collaboration with the MSC - Marine Stewardship Council facilitated a virtual meeting to develop a Fisheries Improvement Program (FIP) action plan for selected snapper species in Banda Islands, Maluku. This meeting also aimed to present highlighted pre-assessment results and findings done during the second quarter of 2020 and map out further assessments that will find out the best species for the FIP. Read more about it via this link https://bit.ly/3oVsxXl

On November 03-06, 2020, CTC supported collaborative work between the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province and the Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia Program (WCS Indonesia) to hold the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Training in Banda Aceh. The training aimed to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in EAFM, as well as address gaps in EAFM implementation in Indonesia, especially in Aceh waters, which require structural and functional adaptation at all fisheries management levels. Read more about it via this link bit.ly/3qYDGsh ... See MoreSee Less

On November 03-06, 2020, CTC supported collaborative work between the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province and the Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia Program (WCS Indonesia) to hold the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Training in Banda Aceh. The training aimed to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in EAFM, as well as address gaps in EAFM implementation in Indonesia, especially in Aceh waters, which require structural and functional adaptation at all fisheries management levels. Read more about it via this link https://bit.ly/3qYDGsh

To improve the competency of marine protected area (MPA) managers and personnel in Indonesia in protecting coral reefs, CTC conducted an online Reef Health Monitoring (RHM) training on November 02-05, 2020. The online training, conducted as part of our pandemic adaptation strategy, will enable participants to actively take part in assessing and evaluating the existing condition of coral reef ecosystems to anticipate any threats and avoid the loss of biodiversity and marine resources. Read more about it via this link bit.ly/3oVYPRZ ... See MoreSee Less

To improve the competency of marine protected area (MPA) managers and personnel in Indonesia in protecting coral reefs, CTC conducted an online Reef Health Monitoring (RHM) training on November 02-05, 2020. The online training, conducted as part of our pandemic adaptation strategy, will enable participants to actively take part in assessing and evaluating the existing condition of coral reef ecosystems to anticipate any threats and avoid the loss of biodiversity and marine resources. Read more about it via this link https://bit.ly/3oVYPRZ

On October 21-27, 2020, CTC marked its significant contribution to the final activities of the USAID SEA Project in the Sula Islands MPA, North Maluku, by conducting biophysical and socioeconomic surveys. These week-long activities are expected to support local governments with data that will benefit the implementation of management and zoning plans in the Sula Islands MPA, as well as to transfer knowledge and skills from the USAID SEA Project to the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Sula Islands District. Read more about it via this link bit.ly/3no2FmP ... See MoreSee Less

On October 21-27, 2020, CTC marked its significant contribution to the final activities of the USAID SEA Project in the Sula Islands MPA, North Maluku, by conducting biophysical and socioeconomic surveys. These week-long activities are expected to support local governments with data that will benefit the implementation of management and zoning plans in the Sula Islands MPA, as well as to transfer knowledge and skills from the USAID SEA Project to the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Sula Islands District. Read more about it via this link https://bit.ly/3no2FmP

We are looking for a Fisheries Capacity Development Advisor. Check out the Terms of Reference via this link: www.coraltrianglecenter.org/working-with-ctc/ ... See MoreSee Less

We are looking for a Fisheries Capacity Development Advisor.  Check out the Terms of Reference via this link: https://www.coraltrianglecenter.org/working-with-ctc/

Coral Triangle Center is proud to share that our Executive Director Rili Djohani has been included in Tatler Magazine's Asia's Most Influential list for 2020 alongside several luminaries in the business, government, arts, and non-profit sector. Read more about her insights and vision of success via this link: bit.ly/tatlerctc ... See MoreSee Less

Coral Triangle Center is proud to share that our Executive Director Rili Djohani has been included in Tatler Magazines Asias Most Influential list for 2020 alongside several luminaries in the business, government, arts, and non-profit sector. Read more about her insights and vision of success via this link: https://bit.ly/tatlerctc

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congratulation - you are doing really good things there at the Coral Triangle Center

Wow, Congratulation Ibu Rili and also CTC team🙏🏽 thank you for all the work for our coral🥰

Congratulations! And thanks for all the hard work.

Congratulations Rili!!

Well deserved! 👏

Wow... what an achievement by end of Year 2020... Bravo👏👏👏 Congratulations Ibu Rili Djohani and CTC Team👍💥💥💥💥💥

Congratulation 👍👍👍👍

Ohhh congratulations!

Selamat Bu Rili..

Big congrats to ibu Rili Djohani and CTC team! 🤩

Ciehhh

CTC is looking for a Junior Communications Officer. Check out the Terms of Reference at www.coraltrianglecenter.org/working-with-ctc/
Interested applicants may send their CV and cover letter to hrecruitment@coraltrianglecenter.org by December 20, 2020.
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CTC is looking for a Junior Communications Officer. Check out the Terms of Reference at https://www.coraltrianglecenter.org/working-with-ctc/
Interested applicants may send their CV and cover letter to hrecruitment@coraltrianglecenter.org by December 20, 2020.

To help rehabilitate damaged reefs in the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA), Coral Triangle Center (CTC) together with the Bali MPA Management Unit, and the Nuansa Pulau Community Group, launched its new Adopt-A-Coral site through a small ceremony in Ped Village, Nusa Penida, Bali, on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Attending the event were the Bupati of Klungkung Regency, Head of the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Bali Province, the Head of the Nusa Penida MPA Management Unit Bali, the Head of Nusa Penida Sub-District, the Head of Ped Village, Bali Nusa Dua Reef Foundation and Putri Siren.
Through the Adopt-A-Coral program, anyone can participate by adopting baby corals or coral fragments found in the area that are transplanted into a substrate or growing medium placed on the seabed which will then grow into reefs.In addition to ecological rehabilitation, the project also aspires to provide socio-economic benefits to the local community through direct employment and training, outreach activities, and by creating a new snorkelling and diving site.
“Coral reefs are not only important as habitat for many reef fish and other marine animals, but also provide benefits for local communities from tourism and fisheries activities ,” said Rili Djohani, Executive Director of CTC, during the launch.
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To help rehabilitate damaged reefs in the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA), Coral Triangle Center (CTC) together with the Bali MPA Management Unit, and the Nuansa Pulau Community Group, launched its new Adopt-A-Coral site through a small ceremony in Ped Village, Nusa Penida, Bali, on Wednesday,  December 2, 2020. 
Attending the event were the Bupati of Klungkung Regency, Head of the Marine and Fisheries Agency of Bali Province, the Head of the Nusa Penida MPA Management Unit Bali, the Head of Nusa Penida Sub-District, the Head of Ped Village,  Bali Nusa Dua Reef Foundation and Putri Siren. 
Through the Adopt-A-Coral program, anyone can participate by adopting baby corals or coral fragments found in the area that are transplanted into a substrate or growing medium placed on the seabed which will then grow into reefs.In addition to ecological rehabilitation, the project also aspires to provide socio-economic benefits to the local community through direct employment and training, outreach activities, and by creating a new snorkelling and diving site. 
 “Coral reefs are not only important as habitat for many reef fish and other marine animals, but also provide benefits for local communities from tourism and fisheries activities ,” said Rili Djohani, Executive Director of CTC, during the launch.

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selamat berhasil!

Rahayu

Sukses selalu CTC, semoga bisa terus berkembang pada masyarakat pesisir lainnya👍🙏

Semoga lancar bang Marthen Welly dan team.. semangat memulihkan karang dan laut kita..

2 months ago

Coral Triangle Center

The Banda Sea is a known destination for whales, which migrate from Australian to Indonesian waters via the migratory passages of the Lesser Sundas and Timor-Leste.

Our expedition team to the Forgotten Islands, were fortunate to encounter a mother and calf sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). Sperm whales are known to have the largest brain of any creature to have lived on Earth. These toothed whales eat thousands of pounds of fish and squid—about one ton per day. Sperm whales are often spotted in groups (called pods) of some 15 to 20 animals. Pods include females and their young. Using their tale fluke, they can cruise the oceans at around 23 miles per hour.

Photo of the sperm whale mon and calf was taken by Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com)

Follow us on social media as we continue to share stories from the Forgotten Islands!
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Laut Banda dikenal sebagai tujuan paus, yang bermigrasi dari perairan Australia ke Indonesia melalui jalur migrasi Nusa Tenggara dan Timor-Leste.

Tim ekspedisi kami yang melakukan perjalanan ke Forgotten Islands, beruntung bertemu dengan ibu dan anak dari sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) Sperm whale memiliki otak terbesar dari semua makhluk yang pernah hidup di Bumi. Paus bergigi ini memakan ribuan pon ikan dan cumi-cumi — sekitar kurang lebih satu ton per hari. Sperm whale sering terlihat dalam kelompok (disebut polong) yang terdiri dari 15 hingga 20 hewan. Polong termasuk paus betina dan anaknya. Dari kisah mereka, paus ini dapat menjelajahi lautan dengan kecepatan sekitar 23 mil per jam.

Foto ibu dan anak sperm whale diambil oleh Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com)

Ikuti kami di media sosial saat kami terus berbagi cerita dari Forgetten Islands!
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The Banda Sea is a known destination for whales, which migrate from Australian to Indonesian waters via the migratory passages of the Lesser Sundas and Timor-Leste.

Our expedition team to the Forgotten Islands, were fortunate to encounter a mother and calf sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus).  Sperm whales are known to have the largest brain of any creature  to have lived on Earth. These toothed whales eat thousands of pounds of fish and squid—about one ton per day. Sperm whales are often spotted in groups (called pods) of some 15 to 20 animals. Pods include females and their young. Using their tale fluke, they can cruise the oceans at around 23 miles per hour.

Photo of the sperm whale mon and calf was taken by Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com)

Follow us on social media as we continue to share stories from the Forgotten Islands!
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Laut Banda dikenal sebagai tujuan paus, yang bermigrasi dari perairan Australia ke Indonesia melalui jalur migrasi Nusa Tenggara dan Timor-Leste.

Tim ekspedisi kami yang melakukan perjalanan ke Forgotten Islands, beruntung bertemu dengan ibu dan anak dari sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) Sperm whale memiliki otak terbesar dari semua makhluk yang pernah hidup di Bumi. Paus bergigi ini memakan ribuan pon ikan dan cumi-cumi — sekitar kurang lebih satu ton per hari. Sperm whale sering terlihat dalam kelompok (disebut polong) yang terdiri dari 15 hingga 20 hewan. Polong termasuk paus betina dan anaknya. Dari kisah mereka, paus ini dapat menjelajahi lautan dengan kecepatan sekitar 23 mil per jam.

Foto ibu dan anak sperm whale diambil oleh Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com)

Ikuti kami di media sosial saat kami terus berbagi cerita dari Forgetten Islands!

2 months ago

Coral Triangle Center

When diving in the Forgotten Islands, be prepared to meet some of the rarest and most fascinating marine animals as they go about in their natural habitats.

While in the Banda Sea, the team encountered hammerhead sharks (Sphyrnidae) – not just one but an entire school of more than 100 sharks!

Hammerhead sharks are a group of sharks that form the family Sphyrnidae, so named for the unusual and distinctive structure of their heads, which are flattened like a hammer.

Because of their distinctive head shape, with eyes mounted on the sides of the shark's distinctive hammer head, they have 360 degree vision in the vertical plane, meaning the animals can see above and below them at all times, allowing them to easily spot their prey.

The IUCN Red List classifies scalloped hammerhead sharks as endangered whereas the smalleye hammerhead is listed as vulnerable. Hammerhead sharks, just like other shark species, are threatened due to the global demand for their fins and as a result their population is declining rapidly worldwide.

The photo of the school of hammerheads was taken by Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com) at 45 meters depth in Magic Corner, Banda Sea.

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Saat menyelam di Forgotten Islands, bersiaplah untuk bertemu dengan beberapa hewan laut paling langka dan paling menarik saat mereka berkeliling di habitat aslinya.

Saat berada di Laut Banda, tim bertemu dengan hiu martil (Sphyrnidae).
- bukan hanya satu tetapi gerombolan hiu yang terdiri dari lebih dari 100 hiu!

Hiu martil adalah sekelompok hiu yang membentuk keluarga Sphyrnidae, dinamai demikian karena struktur kepalanya yang tidak biasa dan khas, yang diratakan seperti palu.

Karena bentuk kepalanya yang khas, dengan mata di sisi kepala hiu yang khas, mereka memiliki penglihatan 360 derajat pada bidang vertikal, yang berarti hewan dapat melihat ke atas dan di bawah setiap saat, memungkinkan mereka untuk dengan mudah melihat mangsanya.

Daftar Merah IUCN mengklasifikasikan hiu martil bergigi sebagai hewan yang terancam punah sedangkan hiu martil smalleye terdaftar sebagai spesies rentan. Hiu martil, seperti spesies hiu lainnya, terancam karena permintaan global akan siripnya yang mengakibatkan penurunan pada populasinya dengan cepat di seluruh dunia.

Foto sekelompok martil diambil oleh Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com) di kedalaman 45 meter di Magic Corner, Laut Banda.
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When diving in the Forgotten Islands, be prepared to meet some of the rarest and most fascinating marine animals as they go about in their natural habitats. 

While in the Banda Sea, the team encountered hammerhead sharks (Sphyrnidae) – not just one but an entire school of more than 100 sharks!

Hammerhead sharks are a group of sharks that form the family Sphyrnidae, so named for the unusual and distinctive structure of their heads, which are flattened like a hammer. 

Because of their distinctive head shape, with eyes mounted on the sides of the sharks distinctive hammer head, they have 360 degree vision in the vertical plane, meaning the animals can see above and below them at all times, allowing them to easily spot their prey.

The IUCN Red List classifies scalloped hammerhead sharks as endangered whereas the smalleye hammerhead is listed as vulnerable. Hammerhead sharks, just like other shark species, are threatened due to the global demand for their fins and as a result their population is declining rapidly worldwide. 

The photo of the school of hammerheads was taken by Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com) at 45 meters depth in Magic Corner, Banda Sea. 

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Saat menyelam di Forgotten Islands, bersiaplah untuk bertemu dengan beberapa hewan laut paling langka dan paling menarik saat mereka berkeliling di habitat aslinya.

Saat berada di Laut Banda, tim bertemu dengan hiu martil (Sphyrnidae).
 - bukan hanya satu tetapi gerombolan hiu yang terdiri dari lebih dari 100 hiu!

Hiu martil adalah sekelompok hiu yang membentuk keluarga Sphyrnidae, dinamai demikian karena struktur kepalanya yang tidak biasa dan khas, yang diratakan seperti palu.

Karena bentuk kepalanya yang khas, dengan mata di sisi kepala hiu yang khas, mereka memiliki penglihatan 360 derajat pada bidang vertikal, yang berarti hewan dapat melihat ke atas dan di bawah setiap saat, memungkinkan mereka untuk dengan mudah melihat mangsanya.

Daftar Merah IUCN mengklasifikasikan hiu martil bergigi sebagai hewan yang terancam punah sedangkan hiu martil smalleye terdaftar sebagai spesies rentan. Hiu martil, seperti spesies hiu lainnya, terancam karena permintaan global akan siripnya yang mengakibatkan penurunan pada populasinya dengan cepat di seluruh dunia.

Foto sekelompok martil diambil oleh Foued Kadachi (foued@indonoceans.com) di kedalaman 45 meter di Magic Corner, Laut Banda.

2 months ago

Coral Triangle Center

The rich and almost untouched reefs in the Forgotten Islands hold a lot of magical scenes for underwater explorers to behold.

The expedition team found these Indonesian Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) spawning at 15-25 meters depth in Manuk Island.

These barrel sponges, can live up to 2,000 years. They are “broadcast spawners” because they release eggs and sperm into the water column. The fertilized eggs develop into larvae that travel with the currents for up to a couple of days, and then these larvae settle to the seafloor and become new barrel sponges.

These sponges are filter feeders, with a very important role in the ecosystem. Giant Barrel Sponges filter a tremendous amount of water throughout their lifespan, which increases water clarity, controls algae, and affects coral populations. These sponges also serve as a habitat for many other species such as other invertebrates and benthic fish.

Photo of the spawning barrel sponge was taken by Purwanto/CTC.

Stay tuned in our social media as we go through more stories from our expedition in the Forgotten Islands.

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Terumbu yang kaya dan hampir tak tersentuh di Forgotten Islands menyimpan banyak pemandangan menakjubkan untuk disaksikan oleh para penjelajah bawah air.

Tim ekspedisi menemukan spons tong raksasa Indonesia (Xestospongia testudinaria) sedang bertelur di kedalaman 15-25 meter di Pulau Manuk.

Spons tong ini, bisa hidup hingga 2.000 tahun. Mereka adalah “broadcast spawners” karena mereka melepaskan telur dan sperma ke dalam kolom air. Telur yang telah dibuahi berkembang menjadi larva yang bergerak mengikuti arus hingga beberapa hari, kemudian larva tersebut mengendap di dasar laut dan menjadi spons tong baru.

Spons ini merupakan filter feeder, dengan peran yang sangat penting dalam ekosistem. Spons tong raksasa menyaring air dalamjumlah yang besar sepanjang umurnya, yang dapat meningkatkan kejernihan air, mengontrol alga, dan mempengaruhi populasi karang. Spons ini juga berfungsi sebagai habitat bagi banyak spesies lain seperti invertebrata lainnya dan benthic fish.

Foto pemijahan spons tong diambil oleh Purwanto / CTC.

Pantau terus media sosial kami untuk menelusuri lebih banyak cerita dari ekspedisi kami di Forgotten Islands.
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The rich and almost untouched reefs in the Forgotten Islands hold a lot of magical scenes for underwater explorers to behold. 
 
The expedition team found these Indonesian Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) spawning at 15-25 meters depth in Manuk Island. 

These barrel sponges, can live up to 2,000 years. They are “broadcast spawners” because they release eggs and sperm into the water column. The fertilized eggs develop into larvae that travel with the currents for up to a couple of days, and then these larvae settle to the seafloor and become new barrel sponges.

These sponges are filter feeders, with a very important role in the ecosystem. Giant Barrel Sponges filter a tremendous amount of water throughout their lifespan, which increases water clarity, controls algae, and affects coral populations. These sponges also serve as a habitat for many other species such as other invertebrates and benthic fish. 

Photo of the spawning barrel sponge was taken by Purwanto/CTC. 

Stay tuned in our social media as we go through more stories from our expedition in the Forgotten Islands.

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Terumbu yang kaya dan hampir tak tersentuh di Forgotten Islands menyimpan banyak pemandangan menakjubkan untuk disaksikan oleh para penjelajah bawah air.
 
Tim ekspedisi menemukan spons tong raksasa Indonesia (Xestospongia testudinaria) sedang bertelur di kedalaman 15-25 meter di Pulau Manuk.

Spons tong ini, bisa hidup hingga 2.000 tahun. Mereka adalah “broadcast spawners” karena mereka melepaskan telur dan sperma ke dalam kolom air. Telur yang telah dibuahi berkembang menjadi larva yang bergerak mengikuti arus hingga beberapa hari, kemudian larva tersebut mengendap di dasar laut dan menjadi spons tong baru.

Spons ini merupakan filter feeder, dengan peran yang sangat penting dalam ekosistem. Spons tong raksasa menyaring air dalamjumlah yang besar sepanjang umurnya, yang dapat meningkatkan kejernihan air, mengontrol alga, dan mempengaruhi populasi karang. Spons ini juga berfungsi sebagai habitat bagi banyak spesies lain seperti invertebrata lainnya dan benthic fish.

Foto pemijahan spons tong diambil oleh Purwanto / CTC.

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Creative example of #scicomm by @hakaimagazine: https://www.hakaimagazine.com/storymap/coral/index.html

When sea anemones bleach, #Nemo suffers.

#CoralBleaching #ClimateChange
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-metabolism-clownfish-decreases-homes-climate.html

Local #waterquality matters when it comes to corals' resilience to heat stress & #coralbleaching.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/surprising-sign-resilience-some-corals-can-survive-long-heat-waves

How to have a conversation about #climatechange?

Listen.

"Do the kind of listening that isn’t just waiting for your turn to jump in...Take in what they said and respond to it from your heart."

#scicomm #climateaction
https://www.nature.org/en-us/what-we-do/our-priorities/tackle-climate-change/climate-change-stories/how-to-have-a-connected-conversation-about-climate-change/ via @nature_org

People have domesticated dogs & cats, while fish have domesticated...shrimp? Tiny mysid shrimps improve algae crops farmed by longfin damselfish, who, in turn, protect the shrimps from predators.

#ecology #mutualism https://theconversation.com/we-found-algae-farming-fish-that-domesticate-tiny-shrimp-to-help-run-their-farms-151615?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton via @ConversationEDU

Indonesia & the other 13 @oceanpanel countries have pledged to sustainably manage 100% of their waters by 2025. Here's where #OceanAction100 starts:

Five priorities for a sustainable ocean economy https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03303-3

Think corals have no personality? Try watching them in #timelapse.

#animalbehavior #mesophotic
https://www.biographic.com/lens-of-time-corals-in-motion/

Join us!🌊Eliminating #marineplastic - policy, science, business and stakeholder actions🌏

26 Nov. 2020, 09:00-10:30 ICT (Jakarta/Bangkok time)

Side event of #SEAofSolutions, convened by @UNEP_AsiaPac & #COBSEA

Registration: http://sos2020.sea-circular.org

New (free) online course from @nature_org, @AllenCoralAtlas & partners: #RemoteSensing and Mapping for Coral Reef Conservation.

https://www.conservationtraining.org/enrol/index.php?id=950

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Like us, corals need #oxygen to live. Low ocean oxygen levels may threaten corals more acutely than unusually high sea temperatures. Both are becoming more frequent because of #climatechange.

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-key-gene-discovery-suffocating-corals.html

The #Arafura & #Timor Seas Ecosystem Action Programme presents "Building A Better ATS For Tomorrow: ATSEA-2 Stakeholder Partnership Forum"

4 Nov. 2020, 1-3 pm WIB (GMT+7)

Register at http://bit.ly/ATSEA2-REGISTRATION

A "blizzard of fish" greeted @jcu scientists who discovered a massive new coral reef rising 500 m from the seafloor, the first such #discovery in >120 years.

#GreatBarrierReef #knowtheocean
via @Reuters

While #coralrestoration is not an alternative to mitigating #climatechange, it's one strategy for improving #reefresilience. New guide for reef managers:

https://www.coris.noaa.gov/activities/restoration_guide/welcome.html

Oceans absorb about 25% of the #CO2 emitted by human activities. Turns out the much-maligned #jellyfish plays a critical role in cycling & storing #bluecarbon.

https://eos.org/research-spotlights/jellies-transfer-a-significant-amount-of-carbon-to-the-deep-ocean

Mesophotic #coralreefs, found at 30-150m depth, can experience #coralbleaching & cyclone damage. If not too bad, disturbances like these may benefit #biodiversity. However, slow growth rates may challenge their ability to recover after severe events.

https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecs2.2666#.X4c9EdWNx70.twitter

With fewer large, old corals reproducing and fewer baby corals surviving on the #GreatBarrierReef, its capacity for #resilience in the face of #ClimateChange is declining.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54533971

Coral Triangle Center