Nusa Penida is officially Designated as Water Conservation Area

Taman-Wisata-Perairan

NUSA PENIDA ~

Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries set Nusa Penida as water conservation considering the area is the world’s triangular of coral reefs that has high biodiversity.

“This conservation is to conserve marine environments including coral reefs and marine life that can provide benefits to the community,” said Marine and Fisheries Minister, Sharif C. Sutardjo, after officially opening the Water Conservation Area, Water Tourism Park, in Nusa Penida, Klungkung regency, Bali, on Monday.

According to Sharif C. Sutardjo, the waters of Nusa Penida has a high biodiversity that reach 149.05 hectares of coral reefs with 296 species of coral and 576 species of fish, five of them are new species.

He explained that the establishment was also supporting the rescue of marine resources in Klungkung region, especially Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan.

“This effort also supports our program in achieving 20 million hectares of marine protected areas by 2020. Currently it’s only around 16 million hectares,” he added.

The island of 20,057 hectares, which becomes Aquatic Tourism Park, has a potential of coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds and almost all habitats of fish resources, including marine mammals like dolphins and whales.

The area known as the “Golden Egg” of Bali also has the unique fish species such as Sunfish as well as green and hawksbill turtles.

Sharif revealed that Nusa Penida marine biological resources have brought economic benefits and environmental services for local community, one of them is as tourism attraction in the region because there are 20 diving points.

The best diving spots are Crystal Bay, Manta Point, Ceningan Wall, Blue Corner, SD-Etal, Mangrove-Sakenan, Gemat Bay and Batu Abah.

Determination of water conservation was also to coincide with the international Coral Day on June 9.

Director General of Coastal Marine and Small Islands (KP3K), Sudirman Saad, added that the water conservation becomes management of marine area with four zoning system.

The zoning consists of the core zone (to protect spawning ground), a sustainable fishery (environmentally friendly fishing area), its utilization and other zones that have a role to protect the coral reefs and ecosystems within it.

“The zoning system is very open to be utilized in a sustainable manner both research and conservation-based local economic development,” he said.

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