Fishermen from Lamalera Village, Wulandoni, East Nusa Tenggara, managed to take home three whales on Thursday. Mikael Radjamuda Bataona, a local resident, mentioned that fishermen scrambled on a hunt, after the three whales were sighted in Lamalera waters. Whale hunting has been Lamalera’s tradition for generations. Lamalera villagers usually perform a traditional ritual before waging the […]
Panamanian tanker Awang Bazao ran aground on a coral reef in the Bintan Sea, Riau Islands, on Wednesday evening. Crew members refused to be evacuated but chose to stay on the vessel and wait for high tide.
The WWF Indonesia’s Solor-Alor Program noted a decline in the quality and health of coral reefs in East Nusa Tenggara waters. The decline, averaging at 14.99 percent, was discovered through a survey by Mantatow in 2013 in the waters of Alor. In East Flores, the only 22 percent of its ecological baseline is in healthy […]
PT Bumi Suksesindo (BSI) will conduct open-pit gold mining on Mount Tumpang Pitu in Pesanggaran District, Banyuwangi, East Java. Mining will commence after the Minister of Forestry has signed an agreement to turn a 1000-hectare protected forest in the mountain into a production forest.
A new fish of the flasher wrasse species with striking orange color and rounded fins has been found in Indonesia’s coral reefs, a conservation group announced Wednesday. The species was named Paracheilinus rennyae in recognition of the scientific contributions of ichthyologist Renny Kurnia Hadiaty from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
Marine scientists from several NGOs are conducting joint efforts with dive operators to recover coral reefs in some areas in Indonesia affected by mass bleaching due to global warming.
Minister for the Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, has said he would reject any proposal for mining operations in the Raja Ampat regency of West Papua. “I have already told my staff to reject any such proposal in Raja Ampat,” Balthasar said in Manokwari as quoted by the Antara news agency on Friday.
Delegations from around 50 countries are expected to take part in the World Coral Reef Conference (WCRC) to be held in Manado, North Sulawesi, in May 2014.