15 Jul Sanur’s Coral Reefs Get a Boost from Adopt-a-Coral Activity and Underwater Clean Up Dive
In an effort to rehabilitate coral reefs and marine biodiversity in Sanur, Bali, the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) and its partners organized an Adopt-A-Coral activity and Underwater Clean Up Dive on June 15, 2016.
Representatives from Sanur hotels, dive shops, non-government, and government organizations tagged 54 baby corals that were then transplanted in the Sanur channel. A team also collected 20 kilograms of underwater trash.
CTC’s Adopt-a-Coral activity and Underwater Clean Up Dive provides an opportunity to the public and Sanur-based businesses to learn about marine conservation and contribute to the rehabilitation of Sanur’s underwater marine life.“By working with the private sector and the tourism industry to promote marine conservation and sustainable marine tourism, we engage a wider audience to care for our oceans and marine resources,” said CTC Executive Director Rili Djohani. “ We hope that through this activity, we will be able to send a message that everyone can do their part in protecting and conserving the marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle.”
The activities were supported by Sanur-based businesses such as Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, Maya Sanur Resort and Spa, Prama Sanur Beach Bali, Tandjung Sari, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Ena Dive Center and Marine Adventures, All4Diving Indonesia, Mermaid Liveaboards, Crystal Divers Bali, Manulife, and Axle- Asia. Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia and marine enthusiasts also joined the clean up dive.
As part of the activity, CTC led the transplanting baby corals or coral fragments to form a coral reef. The baby corals,which come from a mother colony that thrives in the area, will be taken care off by dedicated personnel from CTC to ensure that they grow strong and form a healthy reef. Once fully grown, the reefs will serve as a home and spawning ground for thousands of reef fish. Those who supported the activity will also get a dedicated update and photo to show how their baby corals are doing.
The Adopt-a-Coral activity and Underwater Clean Up Dive were organized as part Coral Triangle Day celebrations, an annual, open-sourced event that brings together individuals, organizations, and establishments on one special day of the year to shed light on ocean conservation and the numerous ways to protect and conserve the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity – the Coral Triangle.