Ahad , 09 August 2015, 19:32 WIB

Minister: 70 percent of Indonesia's coral reefs damaged

Red: Julkifli Marbun
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Coral reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua. (illustration)
Coral reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua. (illustration)

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The maritime affairs and fisheries minister has said that around 70 percent of coral reefs in Indonesia are damaged and need to be restored.

"Currently, only 30 percent of coral reefs are in good condition, while the remaining 70 percents are damaged," Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said in a statement, here, on Sunday.

Coral reefs have been damaged mostly due to human activities such as fishing using explosives and potassium and marine litter, she stated.

Save coral reef action is expected to help preserve and protect coral reefs sustainably, according to her.

Indonesia, as a founder of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), is known as a mega biodiversity nation.

Its rich marine biodiversity is also called the "Amazon of the Sea".

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