The endangered Pesut Mahakam

. Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Pesut is a Mahakam River dolphin with a sturdy body, fin spine & small triangular head and rounded / blunt with small eyes. A type of small dolphin, with a long adult 2.0 - 2.75 m, the baby pesut long is 1.0 m. Pesut not too active; sometimes jump low, litter between June-August, but female pesut bears in August. Pesut eat the kind of fish, they emit water from the nostril to catch fish & escort. Spread from northern of Australia to the Bay of Bengal, including Indonesia. In Indonesia, Pesut spreaded from Mahakam River (Kaltim), Teluk Kumai (Central Kalimantan), Bay Kendawangan (Kalbar), Segara Anakan (Cilacap) & some of the other estuaria.

Today, the existence of pesut in Mahakam River, East Kalimantan has started endangered because they are often trapped in fishing nets and hook exposed. But behind the threat of extinction, the current residents who lived in East Kalimantan along the Mahakam River flow has been to understand the importance of saving these mammals from extinction.

Pesut has become a barometer to know there will be a flood or not in the area. If no pesut in the area, the citizen will know that there will be a flood from the Mahakam river upstream. And this is the factor that can be used as a reason to still preserve the existence of Pesut in our midst.

The survey in 2007, based on the analysis of Petersen mark-recapture estimate is the number of a population of 87. When compared with the results of monitoring in 2005 (70 pesuts) has been an increasing number of population. However, based on the opinion of Dr. Danielle Kreb, Danielle Kreb, Advisory scholarly yk-constellation it is only caused by the using of better digital camera which effects to the better imaging quality of identifying the pesut fin on the river.

With all the reason above, it is not a possibility that we will just know Pesut from only a tale or a history in the future. Let’s start supporting the conservation to preserve Pesut Mahakam from now on.


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Google Ocean for Marine Monitoring

. Friday, May 15, 2009
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In World Ocean Conference, Google Inc also sent the delegation to present the use of Google Earth for Marine and Ocean monitoring. Google Business Product Manager, Jennifer said that Google Earth has ability to make an imaging of the ocean condition by satellite like an ocean pollution monitoring, coral reef imaging, until doing a marine mapping. With all the function mentioned above, it is possible for the fishermen to map their fishing spot in order to ease the finding the fish in the ocean.

In appearance, the sea surface is described in the form of streaming illustrations to facilitate understanding of the visual. Jenifer added, the site is accessed by more than 100 million internet users each day, have also been developed to be more personal. That is, after downloading, users can also utilize the data storage and photo agenda. Google Ocean was supported by a number of countries, namely USA, Japan, Canada, Germany, and the European Union.

Hopefully, in the future our fishermen will be easier to find the best fishing spot to increase their catch. However, the infrastructure must be the next controversy because till today our fishermen still using the traditional way to catch the fish. So to get the good result must take a good way to.

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First World Ocean Conference

. Monday, May 11, 2009
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World Ocean Conference is a meeting forum of Head of States whose territories include marine areas and a part by global ocean communities. This conference is held from May 11 to May 15, 2009 in Manado Capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Some issues become a basic of this held like a decrease of marine and fishery resources quantitatively and qualitatively caused by over fishing, global warming, and sea pollution. Some geopolitics issues are based on ocean problem and the ocean also being a future paradigm of change.

The goal of World Ocean Conference is to carry out a meeting of head of states to discuss comprehensively sustainable management of marine, fishery, and ocean biodiversity. And some common issues in WOC are:
1. Ocean Governance and management
2. Ocean environment and sustainability
3. Ocean disaster and mitigation
4. Ocean as a next frontier
5. Coastal management
6. Marine protected areas, legal aspects, and shipping issues.

From those issues that will be discussed on this WOC, we as a part of global society must definitely support this conference in order to change our paradigm in ocean vision. Most of our fishing activities in nowadays still ignore the marine law in this country by doing the illegal way to fish.

As a conclusion, as a part of world society, this blog definitely support World Ocean Conference and hope for best result on that conference for our ocean in the future.

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Coral reef for green earth

. Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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As a climate change happened today, this earth is going to warmer day by day. More rainforest is cut down for a commercial issue in a legal either in illegal way. For example in Indonesia nowadays, the forest cutting reaches the percentage of 40 % with the rate between one million acres of Indonesia forest is cut down every day. In that condition, what will we give to our children tomorrow? A warmer earth or barren earth? That is only a matter of land, what about in deep sea?

Same problem with our rainforest as a lung of earth, our sea is in danger today. Most of fisherman from third countries still uses an illegal way to fishing. It is like a trawl, fish bombing, poison, or other ways that maybe still unknown today due to the crime is always smarter than the rule. We just talk abaout the fish catching and what about the coral reef? Coral reef is wellknown as the best CO2 absorber in this earth. So what will happen if our coral reef is broken because of the illegal way of fishing done by the fishermen?

Indonesia is also known as a maritime country where 70 percents is the sea and many coral reef spot spread in to all Indonesia islands like Derawan coral reef in East Kalimanatan as the most popular coral reef spot in the world. Not only Derawan because 40 percents from 70 percents Indonesia sea is coral reefs spot. That is why Indonesia is an important country that must save its coral reefs for a green earth in the future. Do you want a proof the damaged coral reef that happened today? And what we can do to save our civilization for tomorrow? Start now on for a better tomorrow.

(Damaged coral reefs map in Indonesia)

Pictures: Google image search (from any sources)

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