The Rise of Grassroots Scientists Movements: How the Future of Marine Biodiversity Might Lie in the Hands of Citizens

There are so many tales about how big our oceans are. Even said that all of our continents could be fitted into the Pacific Ocean tells us how gigantic our oceans are. This enormous earth’s ocean is the one that keep our weather in it cycle, it regulates the earth’s temperature and it’s sustaining the live on earth since millennia. But, since the dawn of human being and now with all of our advanced technology, we still didn’t know very much about our ocean. NOAA said that more than eighty percent of the earth’s ocean is still unexplored. That’s a huge irony since at 2019, NASA released three-dimensional mapping data from the moon, that roughly covers about 98 percent of moon’s surface. Furthermore, NOAA even said that only 35 percent of United States oceans and coastal waters have been surveyed, that means they still have a big chunk of the big blue that remain undiscovered. Enough said that USA has been the leading country in science and technology, and more than half of its citizen lives in the proximity of coastal areas.

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Diversity In a Tight Space: A Study of Sea Slug’s Abundance at Sempu Strait

Sempu Strait, a narrow water body that separates the Mainland Java with Sempu Island. This narrow three kilometers strait extends for about 300 meters at it nearest point, making it nearly possible for people to get to the otherside just by swimming! But seriously tho, don’t even try it, especially when it’s the peak of fishing season where about three hundred fishing boats would come and go from the nearby Pondokdadap Fishingport that located right at the heart of this strait.

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Why We Are So Bad at Thinking About Our Wastes

Rubbish, a masterpiece at the height of our civilization. See, our rubbish-laden catastrophe has hit another level that never before as it now found inside almost every single marine organism in the form of microplastic. Before that, we are already surprised enough about the giant marine debris aggregation at the Pacific, forming an island that has three times size of France. Indonesia is one among the most active country to contribute this culprit. Even a recent study shows that five rivers of Indonesia, made it to the top 20 of the dirtiest river around the world, discharging over 200.000 tons of debris annually, and this made the people so unhappy. But this is a suggestion that have been proved to work for so long, if you are a city with a hefty sum of wastes discharge but having a poor waste management and made it to be a hot issue under the people’s collar, there is one option that you could better do, “blame someone else!” Read more

2 Hours Submerged at Tiga Warna Beach

It might bring you into a greater astonishment, as you are diving inside an unexplored dive site that so much little known by many, but in the end, what you got is clearly beyond your expectation. That’s what I got at my last dive trip at Tiga Warna Beach, a small Community-Developed Marine Protected Area at the Western End of the Sempu Strait, Malang. While a year of diving only coming up with a couple of Phyllid Nudibranch, I’m not expecting anything else when I’m submerging myself into its waters. Guided by the locals, we begin to explore at late noon, it is when the Nudibranches and Sea Slugs alike are coming out to feed, mostly. Read more

Beached Message: The Big Question Marks That This Sea Turtle Leave to Us

It was a week ago, (June 7th) at one of the desolate Sempu Strait’s semi-enclosed bay called Kondang Buntung By the locals that this poor sea turtle found trapped between the mangrove roots. It looks like that this guy has entered this area at high tide to find some place to rest, but couldn’t make his way back to the ocean because the low tide made the track between he mangrove roots are impassable. But, something from this sea turtle is really catching our attention. While his movements are well, and no sign of internal sickness on the sight, something is missing from this animal, his right front limb.  A heart-breaking message that this animal might want to tell us.  Read more

Oceans Aren’t Big Enough: Why We Keep Receiving Dead Whales on Our Shore?

Marine mammals are unarguably one of the most intelligent animals that roam in our planet. They have the winning design to masters the vast oceans, and some might roam into the deepest point where only a few could survive. These social animals are known to have the most coordinated community in the animal kingdom, thanks to its ability to communicate with each other via their melodious songs. With such a good coordination, these animals could migrate over thousands kilometers inside the ocean blue. But, despite their superpower are unbeatable inside the ocean, one question arise, why such highly intelligence creatures enters the inhospitable shallow water environment and even most of them couldn’t made their way back to the ocean?   Read more

Chasing Dolphin Pod Above the Blue

It was early morning, sunny and 86 at the desolate coast of Southern Malang, when we spent our times amid the waves, with our eyes scanning the horizon for the sign of life above a small and narrow fishermen boat that nodded by the gentle crash of the swell. It was my first experience, holding tight my camera and trying not to miss every moment while watching a pod of dolphin passing nearby. Read more

Forklift and ATM Machine: Are We Creating an Underwater Junkyard?

Lately, tourism industry become more growing and more promising to sustain the economic activity at some parts of Indonesia. It was at the growth of the locally managed tourism, the local economy are started to rise. More tourist are bringing more local market development opportunity as the tourist would flock into a tourism site with more complex choice of local goods. But, with the rapid development of tourism site, we ought not to neglect the reality that it also had to be nature-friendly too. As we began to modify nature to fulfill the tourist’s bloodthirst for taking a great instagram picture, we also have to think its impact for the environment. An ideal tourism site should have to take the nature sustainability into their consideration, as neglecting the surrounding nature environment’s preservation could bringing doom not only for the local ecosystem, but also would give a further disadvantage for the tourism sustainability in that area. Read more

The Story of Harmony: How the Coastal Community of Denpasar Contribute to Transform the City

At the southern end of the hectic Denpasar City, a massive patch of coastal green belt stretched. Dubbed as the most capacious in the entire island, this mangrove forest is being an important source of livelihood for the locals. Not only it provides fresh, commercially important fishes that is highly prized by the Balinese market, but also an important site for tourism activity that have been the backbone of the economic circle in this island for so long. It is interesting that this mangrove forest is still managed to survive even though they are exist at the outskirts of the Denpasar City, one of the most heavily urbanized area in the entire country. The story that makes it more interesting is coming from how the local community is successfully maintain the forest’s existence, and how they are utilizing the fisheries resource in the mangrove waters using a sustainable method that might not been practiced somewhere else. Read more