Scientist Works with Ex-Poachers to Restore Reefs
12:54 JST, July 3, 2023
SPERMONDE ISLANDS, Indonesia (Reuters) — For nearly two decades, Indonesian marine scientist Syafyudin Yusuf has worked with former poachers to rehabilitate coral reefs destroyed by their use of dynamite for fishing.
They have restored to health 11.5 hectares of corals around a group of 120 islands known as the Spermonde archipelago in the Makassar Strait off Sulawesi.
Fifteen years ago, only 2% of the area’s original reef area remained undamaged, according to research by Makassar’s Hasanuddin University, as fisherfolk used explosives and chemicals, which have now been banned.
“We enter their lives and try to influence their … mindsets to be able to change from destructive fishing to being conservationists,” Syafyudin said, adding that his team anchors frames into the seabed to allow corals to grow undisturbed.
"SCIENCE & NATURE" POPULAR ARTICLE
Europe’s Euclid Space Telescope Releases First Images
G7 to Share Information on Invasive Alien Species; Members Agree to Create Database, Strengthen Research
Autonomous Driving Could Get ¥2.7 Billion Boost from Japanese Govt
Japan Environment Chief Urges China to Base Stance Over Treated Water on Scientific Evidence
Joby Shows Off Electric Air Taxis in New York
JN ACCESS RANKING
- Japan, Vietnam Trade Ministers Discuss Supply Chains, IPEF
- BOJ Ueda: Japan Increasingly Likely to Hit Inflation Target
- Food, Beverage Price Hikes Show Signs of Easing; Fuel Prices, Consumer Frugality Slowing Down Price Rises
- Japan 2023 Food Exports Reach 1 Tril. Yen at Record Pace
- 69.7 Bil. Yen in COVID-19 Loans to Small Businesses Uncollectible