Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-10-0015PresentationPoster

LONG TERM IMPACTS OF CORAL BLEACHING AND RED TIDE ON CORALS IN WEST SUMATERA, INDONESIA

Ofri Johan*1, Andreas Kunzmann2, Norman J. Quinn**3

1 Agency for Marine Affairs and Fisheries Research and Development, Indonesia
2 Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), German
3 The Tropical Discovery Foundation , US America

ABSTRACT :

The ecological importance of coral reef ecosystems has come to the worlds attention as a result of highly publicized degradation of these ecosystems. Prior to 1997, a survey of coral condition in West Sumatera carried out. Subsequent to a major bleaching event in 1997 the condition of all sites sampled became degraded, with several locations have 0% live coral cover. This research was carried out on permanent transects established in 1996 as part of research undertaken through COREMAP (Coral Reef Rehabilitation dan Management Project) on two islands (Pieh and Pisang islands) and one patch reef (Gosong Air). Life form was recorded through photo quadrat transect and visual census of reefs fish. Most areas is recovering process and some change the reef community and reefs fish abundance.