On Kiluan Bay Journey, August 16th – 18th 2008
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Kelapa Island waters
By driving a car that I traveled with some friends from Bandar Lampung have take almost 2 hours. Tired feeling was disappear after missing immediately faced with Kelapa Island in the Kiluan Bay that is our goal a few days ago. Blue and fresh water felt in the lungs and liver in the familiar space. I got be surprised when faced by a natural and Kiluan Bay that extends right before my eyes. The Journey is not stopped dipping, Kelapa Island is ± 5 miles before us.
After a check on the vehicle population, and I rent two traditional boat, namely as Jukung; in the population of fishermen to lead and pick us later.
Not long after dusk has crawled and covers the entire area of this region. Me and my group prepare everything for the next day diving activities. While talking about joke, we are planning to make several dives success tomorrow. Besides, do not forget we just have the opportunity to be nice and conversational with the fisherman in this island and his family, we ask for their opinions to get interesting picture of the location and dive next day.
Tomorrow is a beautiful morning that we welcome so busy to be dipping in the prime Kelapa Island. All equipment is checked back and not forget to remind each other schedule or dives plan that we will do. After warming up adequate, with the seriousness of our monastery each. Once perceived to be sufficient and safe, we immediately dive toward the area. I see clearly, if the area that will dive On our region is located only about 10 meters east of the base camp between the mainland parent (Kiluan Village region) and Kelapa Island. Quite calm waters of the region, with a flow of movements I do not expect more than 0.5 knots. Basic countur water and the sloping sand and water purification good enough, approximately 10 meters horizontal. According to the story of residents of the island, the maximum depth of only 20 meters. After the share buddy, we immediately dived in the destination. The things that I do is look and determine the existence of the condition of coral reefs and associate biota in my notes and recorded in the picture. I estimate 50% of coral reefs cover is a living coral reef that is dominated by the form of coral Branching (fork), tabulate (table), massive (solid), mushroom coral, firecoral. Branching with the species of coral that is found Acropora sp, Montipora digitata, Porites cylindrica, and Pocillopora damicornis. In addition to the species Branching coral, coral table that was found is one of the clan (genus) of Acropora, such as Acropora hyacinthus. While the speciess of coral reef species is massive and Porites sp, Favia sp that dominating. Then I find the species of fire coral, Millepora sp.
Besides the existence of coral reefs, also we found a variety of coral fish such as the Moorish idol / Banner fish (Heniochus sp and Zanclus sp), Angelfish (Chaetodonton sp), Bat fish (Platax teira), Damselfish (Pomacentrus sp and Dascyllus sp), Parrot fish (Bolbomethopon sp), Surgeon fish (Paracanthurus sp), Sergeant fish (Abudefduf sp), Lion fish (Pterois volitans), Trumpetfish (Aulostomus sp), Blenny fish (Crossosalarias sp), Goby fish (Fusigobius sp), Frog fish, fish Cardinal (Apogon sp), Cleaner wrasse (Labroides sp), and Anemon fish (Amphiprion sp). In general, coral fish that are found abundant relatively and widespread in the area of coral reef almost Kelapa Island, especially fish that have a commercial level as the ornamental fish and any species is quite diverse.
But suddenly I can be done and imposed by a building located behind the piles slab of coral life. The building is no other means of catching a fish called “bubu”. Bubu is the equipment that is usually made of wood or wire thick, square and equipped with a hole designed as the entrance point of fish but the fish can not exit. Based on my experience, every installation involves "bubu" always living coral reef that is taken by force by individual fishermen and used to cover the bubu.
So slab of coral reef life force that captured only be used as a mask so that the fish will be attracted and deceived to enter. If the fish is in, then trapped until the individual fishermen lift the bubu.
Generally, fish are trapped in the bubu this is the species of ornamental fish and have a high enough value in the market. Chance, bubu installation activities in the waters of Kelapa Island and the surrounding Kiluan Bay has long been done by individual fishermen. This is evident from the shape and bubu condition, and that is a fraction more than reefs off; of the previous installation bubu. Kelapa Island in the region of Kiluan Bay relatively isolated, facilitate the movements for raider-prison; the marine biota. Unfortunately, indeed, because the existence of coral reefs are now threatened still be found as a result of catching fish with equipment such as bubu of iron wires made that use coral reefs as coverage. Added activities in the catchment area of coral reefs by using bombs that are still quite often happens in these waters and the use of Potassium Cyanide to catch ornamental fish and lobster. In general, the use of Potassium Cyanide is not directly damage the condition of coral reefs, but the only person on the radio. Usually the target animals (fish and lobster) that have been affected by the influence of the drug into a coral reef and then by individual fishermen destruction of coral reefs done to get the animal target. Getting something with a population of compromising the life of another (coral) without taking into account that the population of the vulnerable are sacrificed and is essential for sustaining a variety of other marine biota, such as fish is a cruel activity. If this continues, then for the future with increasing or decreasing the loss of biological resources in the area of coral reefs will happen. Almost 1.5 hours at the location of our first dive, and after adequate rest we continue dipping again in another location. This location is in the West and North islands. Generally, the condition of coral reefs and biota association is not much different from the initial location of our dives. Next, our dive activities after the deal ends and all the equipment, followed by discussions about things that have been established in dives in the area of coral reef Kelapa Island. As the presence bubu, the condition of coral reefs, fish and other marine biota. Self tiring indeed, but with what is observed and seen, except on the findings bubu equipment, we just feel consoled by the condition of coral reefs in the waters of Kelapa Island. In fact, although far from human interaction many, the waters of the island region still has the natural and conditions present a good experience and provide means for us. Once perceived to be enough, tomorrow after a farewell and to all the camping ground equipment, decided to end travel dive in the waters of Bay area Kiluan and after the farewell, we are prepared to travel home.