New flasher wrasse species discovered in Indonesia

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.

Buleleng Uses ‘Biorock’ for Coral Preservation

The Buleleng administration plans to apply so-called “biorock” technology for the preservation of coral reefs in the waters off North Bali. The technology was first applied to preserve coral in Pemuteran Bay under the guidance of the Karang Lestari Foundation.

Govt opposed to mining in Raja Ampat

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.