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Heaven under Wakatobi’s waters

Tuesday, 01.19.2010, 06:06am (GMT-5)


Take a good look at the water too. Occasionally, you can clearly see the coral from the boat.

And when it is time to jump into the water, either with your snorkeling or diving equipment, be prepared for the pleasant surprises you find in Wakatobi waters.

You may come across butterfly, scorpion and lion fish swimming with turtles or spot them coming out from the reefs.

Wakatobi — short for Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko — is often referred to as a real undersea heaven. It has at least 50 diving sites across its four large islands and a few more around the smaller islands.

Ahmad Nizar from Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, who regularly dives in Hoga, one of the most beautiful diving locations in Wakatobi, said he rarely encountered the same species each time he explored the underwater world.

“As far as I can remember, I never see the same marine life every time I dive into the sea. At 5-10 meters, we can already see the pretty reefs, but the deeper you dive, the more unique marine life you will meet,” he said.

“Some spots in Wakatobi are well-preserved. I can also see the development of the coral there,”
he said.

Wakatobi is in the center of the coral triangle, where the Banda and Flores seas meet. It is home to 942 species of fish and 750 of the world’s 850 coral reef species.

The reefs are distributed across 90,000 hectares out of the region’s total 1.4 million hectares. It has
39 islands, seven of which are inhabited.

Thanks to the white-sandy beaches, clear water, and rich marine life, Wakatobi is listed as one of Indonesia’s national parks, and is the second largest after Teluk Cendrawasih national park in
Papua.

WWF project leader for Wakatobi Veda Santiadji said that although there were no unique species of fish or coral in Wakatobi, its coral ecosystem was extraordinary.

Undersea heaven: Wakatobi — short for Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko — archipelago, located in Southeast Sulawesi is often referred to as a real undersea heaven, with at least 50 diving sites across its four large islands and a few more around the smaller islands.  Courtesy of Ahmad Nizar

Undersea heaven: Wakatobi — short for Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko — archipelago, located in Southeast Sulawesi is often referred to as a real undersea heaven, with at least 50 diving sites across its four large islands and a few more around the smaller islands. Courtesy of Ahmad Nizar

“You can find turtles in Derawan, East Kalimantan. Dolphins and whales are far more interesting in Alor, East Nusa Tenggara. But the ecosystem here, especially its coral reefs, is well protected,” he said.

Veda explained that despite the increasing temperature of surface water, the stream patterns in Wakatobi stirred up the hot temperature on the surface, resulting in colder temperatures, thus lessening the damage to the coral.

“And we think it’s important as coral [reefs] have a significant role within the ecosystem. They are the homes for fish to breed,” he said.
According to Veda, the island

used to have 30 fish breeding grounds but the number keeps declining as a result of destructive
fishing practices and poor preservation efforts.

“So our project doesn’t only aim to protect the beautiful coral. We also protect less stunning but more fragile coral that is important to the ecosystem,” he said.

Wakatobi Regent Hugua said the regional government had tried to equip the fishermen with environmentally friendly fishing equipment to reduce the impact caused by the destructive fishing, but the strategy has not been very effective.

“Many of them go back to their old fishing habits when the devices break. So we needed to find other ways that could make them understand the importance of coral,” he said.

Hugua added some traditional fishermen had agreed and started to modify their fishing habits, from fishing to cultivating jellies and change their fishing patterns from coral to sea fishing.

The government has also teamed up with environmental NGOs to arrange a zoning system protecting Wakatobi’s marine biodiversity.

Courtesy of Ahmad Nizar

Courtesy of Ahmad Nizar

The core zone is a restricted area only authorized individuals are allowed to enter; the marine conservation zone allows for some visitors but extraction of any kind is prohibited; the tourism zone is for tourists but forbids extraction; the traditional use zone accommodates locals’ needs. There are two more zones, the general use and the special land zone.

As a result, Veda said, although only four breeding grounds were left out of the initial 30, the fish population had grown significantly, mothers remained intact, the breeding process was well-maintained and the community had started to engage in the conservation programs.

Housewives can now launch their nets from the coast without having to look for fish too far in the sea,
he said.

“The main challenge for locals now is preserving their natural ‘fridges’ so they won’t run out of food,” he said.

As the islands are home to most of the world’s best coral collection, there is a huge potential to make
the area one of the world’s tourist destinations.

Hugua said the opening of Matahora Airport last year was an attempt to improve the island’s tourism sector. Previously, people needed to take a speed boat or a ship from Kendari which could take between five and 12 hours to reach Wakatobi.

Before the new airport was built, a Swiss businessman built Wakatobi Dive Resort, accessible from Bali
by plane.

Veda said that although tourism could endanger the areas preservation, it could not be avoided.

“It’s like when we’re scuba diving. The coral can be best enjoyed by three to five divers. When 500 people dive altogether, it will become a disaster as some may hit the coral,” he said.

source: jakartapost

Yuliana





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