According to Indonesian scientist works with poachers to restore coral reefs | Inquirer News, Syafyudin Yusuf, an Indonesian marine biologist, has been collaborating with ex-poachers to rebuild coral reefs that were devastated by their use of dynamite for fishing for almost 20 years.
In the Makassar Strait off Sulawesi, a cluster of 120 islands known as the Spermonde archipelago has had its 11.5 hectares (approximately 30 acres) of corals revived.
According to studies from Makassar's Hasanuddin University, just 2% of the natural reef area in the area was unharmed fifteen years ago because fishermen employed explosives and chemicals, which are now prohibited.
According to Indonesian scientist works with poachers to restore coral reefs | Inquirer News, Syafyudin stated, "We join their lives and attempt to influence their... attitudes to be able to transition from destructive fishing to being conservationists. His crew attaches frames into the seabed to allow corals to grow undisturbed.
According to Greenpeace, Indonesia's roughly 5 million hectares of coral reefs make up a fifth of all coral reefs worldwide.
Coral reefs, which help to stop erosion and floods, are important to coastal and marine ecosystems, according to experts. As seas warm and absorb greenhouse gas emissions, their mortality risk increases.