We support a number of organisations that educate and regenerate communities around us.
LINI is the Indonesian term for a “line” or connection. The LINI Foundation seeks to establish firm and lasting connections between all stakeholders involved in coastal resource management.
They believe that establishing and maintaining strong connections between all people involved, will lead to the development of long-lasting solutions for sustainability.
The foundation was established in January 2008 by a small group of dedicated professionals, they are one of the few Indonesian non-profits currently working towards the development of community-based marine conservation to promote sustainable fisheries in Indonesia.
LINI works to support the conservation and management of coastal marine resources through science, and the education and empowerment of coastal communities.
We are very proud to be working with LINI to educate and provide a livelihood to locals - whilst helping to preserve marine habitats.
Our Reef Project
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 focus of our project is to restore fish populations and enhance habitats, so that these artificial reefs can provide alternative collection areas to reduce the fishing pressure on natural reefs.
The North Bali coral restoration project involves a wide variety of groups, including fishers, marine ornamental exporters and tourism operators, who will all benefit from the presence of healthy reefs. It also provides alternative income sources for fishers, allowing them to make and deploy the artificial substrates, build coral tables and prepare coral plugs.
In an attempt to expand the coverage of the coral restoration site at Les Village, we will be supporting the creation of artificial reefs. These artificial habitats will cover 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.
Thank you to everyone helping us to support the LINI Foundation! We managed to beat our previous target, so the extra money raised will also aid in repairing some damage to their facility caused by earthquakes in the region.
To try and promote responsible pet ownership, we work closely with the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
We often help re-home or temporarily house fish and invertebrates that have fallen out of care.
Every year we raise money for the Scottish SPCA and in 2017 alone our customers helped raise £2440 — thank you!
Fishkeeper Fry is a short video-led course that has been designed and produced in line with core primary curriculum science themes by a team of expert fishkeepers. It inspires and educates primary school children in the art and science of fish and fish keeping.
All the livestock, guides and videos that make up the lessons within the programme are provided completely free of charge to the schools chosen to participate, and sponsorship from popular aquatic brands Fluval and API mean that each school class that participates in the programme will receive all the equipment they need to set up their aquarium.
For more information on Fishkeeper Fry, please find more information on the Maidenhead Aquatics website here.