Coral Bleaching -- INDONESIA

astrong at astrong at
Wed May 6 13:13:30 EDT 1998

Passing this recent information from Lombok Island in Indonesia on to others who 
may have an interest or may wish to share further observations.

Al Strong

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From: "Taufik Hizbul Haq" <yajari at>
To: astrong at
Subject: Coral Bleaching
Date: Tue, 05 May 1998 21:00:53 PDT

First of all, let me introduce ourselves. We are a Marine Foundation, 
named Yayasan JARI. We're based in Mataram, Lombok Island, West Nusa 
Tenggara Province - Indonesia.

During this last four months, the coral reef around Lombok Island is 
suffering from bleaching process. And it is happening almost around 
Lombok Island (next to Bali). The bleaching process is happening until 
80 feet depth, and also we have cold and hot current[s] on the surface and 
[at] depth. All the coral is getting white and it is very sad. [Does] this 
event has something to do with the El-Nino phenomenon? Cause we have 
information that coral in the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching, and also 
Taka Bone Rate National Park in South Sulawesi and Bunaken National Park 
in North Sulawesi...

Juanita Mandagi
Marine Foundation -- Yayasan JARI
Mataram, Lombok Island
West Nusa Tenggara Province 

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