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.
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.
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.
Since its start in 2000, the Pemuteran coral restoration project has received local and international recognition for its successful community-based effort to restore the damaged coral reefs at Pemuteran Bay.