Alung Banoa, Bunaken Island
Conservation benefit: No-take marine zones
Community benefit: Community landing dock
Bunaken Island, the “crown jewel” of Indonesia’s Bunaken National Park, encompasses approximately 1,300 hectares (five square miles) of land and reef and is home to over 3,000 native fisher-farmers. It is one of Asia’s best-known dive destinations. Unfortunately, despite its national park status, the island’s reef and seagrass beds have continued to degrade due to intense resource use pressures.
In order to balance the diverse demands of fishing, dive tourism, and biodiversity preservation, the Bunaken Concerned Citizens’ Forum has worked with the Bunaken National Park Office to undertake a locally managed marine conservation plan. The plan sets aside no-take zones and areas where only traditional (non-destructive) fishing techniques are allowed.
In exchange, Seacology is providing the community with a landing dock. This dock will help prevent chronic damage to coral reefs and seagrass beds caused by anchoring boats in shallow waters. It will also allow for much easier access to and from the village at low tide.
- June 2008
- An outbreak of Crown of Thorns starfish has occurred in the Bunaken National Park. Dive operators are currently working to remove the invasive species from the reefs, some reported as deep as 30...
- May 2008
- The dock continues to be used to prevent anchoring within the reef area and Bunaken Island fisherfolk are abiding the no-fishing zones. The NSWA (North Sulawesi Watersports Association) conducts...
- July 2004
- Construction of the dock was completed and an opening ceremony was held in March, officiated by the mayor of Manado. The dock measures 595 feet long and has a small wooden structure on the end to...
- November 2003
- The village law delimiting the no-take zones and rules for Bunaken Village's reef zonation has been finalized. Construction of the dock is underway and is expected to be completed by late November.