Construction of our artificial reef project in Bali is underway! We are excited to share updates throughout this process - it wont be long until these structures are put into the ocean to restore fish populations and enhance habitats.
Bali is uniquely situated within ocean currents that promote thriving coral reefs. The island is home to over 2,200 species of coral reef fish, and over 400 species of corals. Until fairly recently, Bali was surrounded by rich coral reefs, particularly on the island’s North, East and Southern coasts. Unfortunately, the use of coral as a building material, destructive fishing practices, and environmental pollution, have seen entire reefs vanish from Bali’s coastline.
The project also provides alternative income sources for fishers, allowing them to make and deploy the artificial substrates, build coral tables and prepare coral plugs.
Our reef will help expand the coverage of the coral restoration site at Les Village, by an area of 11 by 5.5 metres, consisting of 91 structures in total.
The structures will have hard surfaces to allow for new coral to naturally settle and grow, and the hollow "fishdomes" will also soon become a refuge for large numbers of fish.
Both structures have been designed to last for many years - long enough for the natural reef to recover significantly and function once more as a haven for numerous marine organisms.
The ‘Mina Lestari’ fishers group consists of 23 local fishers from Les Village, who will make and deploy the structures on the sea bed. The group has been restoring the reef since 2010 for the purpose of habitat enhancement. By direct experience, they have witnessed the slow but sure regeneration of a previously ruined reef.
For more information on our work with LINI, please visit www.fishkeeperscotland.co.uk/LINI