Water Zoning will Optimize Seaweed Production


Zoning of waters in Nusa Penida, Klungkung regency, Bali, is expected to optimize the production of seaweed for farmers after the establishment of Water Conservation Area in the region.

“With the zoning, seaweed farming could be intensified,” said Head of the Bali Provincial Marine and Fisheries Department, I Made Gunaja, in Denpasar, on Tuesday.

The zoning of waters are divided into four areas, they are core zone that is used to protect spawning grounds so that the zone is free from community activities.

The second one is sustainable fisheries zone, where fishermen can catch fish including seaweed farming.

Especially for seaweed cultivation, he said, its production could be improved and more scalable.

In 2013, Gunaja further said, seaweed production reached 48 thousand tons per year for three regions namely Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.

The increasing amount of production in 2012 to reach about 44 thousand tons.

“Most of the production is concentrated in Nusa Lembongan,” he said.

In addition, there is also utilization zone and other zones that act to protect coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass beds and the ecosystem in it.

With the zoning, it becomes a reference so that there is no excessive exploitation of natural resources in the region in the middle of the rising of tourism sector. The society also gets the authority related to their interests and roles in water conservation.

Not only that, by setting a clear area, he said, the government and stakeholders can estimate the new income of the zone.

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