Indonesian reef condition

Doug Fenner d.fenner at
Mon Jan 4 00:17:50 EST 1999

I'd like to confirm that some Indonesian reefs are still in relatively good
condition.  An expedition by Conservation International to the Togean and
Banggai Islands of Sulawesi, Indonesia in Oct-Nov 1998, found reefs in
relatively good shape.  Live corals and small fish were abundant, and there
were relatively few signs of destructive fishing practices.  Water
temperatures were relatively high in the Togians, and some bleaching was
seen (as of late Oct), but neither was present in the Banggais.  Bunaken
Is., near Manado, Sulawesi, was heavily bleached by mid-Nov.  A press
release can be seen at
-Doug Fenner
Douglas Fenner, Ph.D.
Coral Taxonomist
Australian Institute of Marine Science
PMB No 3
Townsville MC
Queensland 4810
phone 07 4753 4241
e-mail: d.fenner at

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