CORAL REEFS IN BADAK LNG'S MARINE AREA

Badak LNG’s marine area can be considered as “a hidden paradise”. In the beauty of waving blue water on the surface, lives a forest of coral reef deep beneath it.  Reefs are formed of colonies of coral polyps held together by calcium carbonate. Coral belongs to the class Anthozoa in the animal phylum Cnidaria, which consist of sea anemones and jellyfish. Most reefs grow better in warm, shallow, clear, sunny and agitated water. Corals are the main component of sea ecosystems. Their existence help the surrounding marine biota to gain a lot of food and protection. Some coral reefs attract planktons and smaller fishes which consumed by marine biota. For protection, coral reefs help disperse incoming waves and offer a home for some fishes like clownfish. They like to hide to avoid predators. Some invertebrates like ref crab, shrimp, and lobster are tend to playing around the coral reefs.

Three main locations which Badak LNG has observed and conserved are:

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Coral reef monitoring in 2021 has been completed with some interesting results. From the obtained data, 17 coral lifeforms were found in all coral reef monitoring sites. At Buoy Putih there were 15 lifeforms, Kedindingan 13 lifeforms, and Segajah showed 14 lifeforms. Life coral percentages (LCP) of each location were: 56.72% (Buoy Putih), 58% (Kedindingan), and 52% (Segajah). The percentage of LCP in 2021 has increased compared to 2020, which is 0.52% for the Buoy Putih location, 14.3% for the Kedindingan location, and 15.7% for Segajah location. Based on the LCP, the coral reefs at these three locations are in good status.

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Source: Mulawarman University and Badak Diving Club/BDC (2021)
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