Indonesia's Amazing Bio-Diversity
Under threat from deforesters and bottom feeding fishing fleets from foreign countries, discoveries of hitherto unknown species continue to be made in Indonesia.
Not far from the Foja Mountains, where a Conservation International team earlier this year discovered a "lost world
" of rare plants and animals, another CI-led expedition has found a new trove of extraordinary marine biodiversity in a region known as the Bird's Head Seascape
This weekend Conservation International announced
the discovery off the Indonesian province of Papua of 'epaulette' sharks that 'walk' across the reefs at night on their pectoral fins and 'flasher' wrasse, which rise up and down in the water column changing colour into brilliant yellows and pinks as part of their mating display
Basking in its difference ~ a walking shark
Of perhaps even greater importance is that six sites surveyed proved to have the highest diversity of hard corals ever recorded, each with more than 250 species within a single hectare.
Evidence was also found of bomb-fishing used to stun fish that are collected for food, or as bait for the lucrative shark fin industry
and cyanide fishing
(which) is used to catch live lobster, grouper, and Napoleon wrasse for export to Asian live seafood markets.
The Indonesian government is making appropriate noises.
"We are now closely examining the survey recommendations and may support the development of a network of fisheries reserves in the region to safeguard this priceless national heritage
," says Yaya Mulyana, head of the Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs' Marine Conservation Department.Green Indonesia
and Jakartass will be watching developments closely.
For more information of Indonesian bio-diversity hot spots click here
for Sundaland and here
By coincidence, back in February when I posted the news about the Foja Mountains
, Jakartass was celebrating 40,000 hits and was ranked 49,331st out of 27.2 million blogs by Technorati
with 149 links from 44 sites.
Now my stats show that with 169 links from 68 sites, Jakartass is ranked no 39,185 out of a phenomenal 54.3 million blogs being tracked. And tomorrow or the next day my counter will show 60,000 hits.
As always, and to say thanks for your coming, as the actress said and sundry non-native speakers say, I'll send a CD of esoteric MP3 sounds taken from my hard drive to whoever can email me
a screen grab of my counter which is closest to that nice round number.
And if Indonesia Anonymus
ever come out of their shell, I'll be able to let them have their reward for the 49,998 screen grab they sent me.