22 Aug Virtual Library of Indonesia’s Marine Biodiversity Opens at CTC’s Center for Marine Conservation

On August 22, we successfully launched the Grand Blue Project in our Center for Marine Conservation. This event was attended by 85 people from various backgrounds, including government representatives, media partners, NGOs, and university students. Before the event began, the guests enjoyed a meal in our courtyard.

The Grand Blue Project is a one-of-a-kind digital video library that reflects the diversity and wealth of Indonesia’s marine ecosystem. It brings togther more than 60,000 videos, with footage of marine animals that have been collected over 30 years across Indonesia’s marine biodiversity hotspots.

At the event, the founder of the Grand Blue Project, Edi Frommenwiler, described his 30 years of diving across Indonesia, where he recorded incredible underwater animals and their unique behavior, including a live seahorse birth in its natural habitat. Rili Djohani, CTC Executive Director, expressed her gratitude that this unique collection of Indonesia’s marine life will be located within CTC’s Center for Marine Conservation.

The event concluded with the audience testing the Grand Blue Project. They searched for a marine animal’s name and were amazed when it popped up with images and information. One of the visitors, Jaya Ratha, experimented with finding clips of of sea turtles and cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). When asked about the Grand Blue Project he expressed, “The database looks good. It helps the audience visualize the marine animals. We hope that someday, people will be able to contribute the footage.”

The Grand Blue Project is now displayed in CTC’s Center for Marine Conservation. For more information, contact us via: email centerbooking@coraltrianglecenter.org or Phone/WA +62 811 394 00400

Photos: Adam Putra/CTC

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