CORAL REEFS IN RAJA AMPAT DAMAGED DUE TO ANCHOR OF TOURISM SHIPS
The KM Amanikan tour boat is reportedly dumping anchors in the shallow coral reef area which is one of the dive sites of tourists visiting Arborek Village, Raja Ampat, West Papua.
The tour boat irritated the residents of Arborek Village for throwing anchors in an area that should not have been, so residents reported it to the Transportation Agency.
Head of the Raja Ampat District Transportation Agency, Yohanes B Rahawarin, in Waisai, confirmed that his office had received a report from the community of Arborek Village, accompanied by a photo document of the incident.
He said, his party had also visited the community of Arborek village and discussed the incident, and discussed the regulations that would be made so that no ships would throw anchors carelessly on the Arborek village reef.
“We also discussed with the people of Arborek Village to determine the area where tourist boats can park, and dispose of the term so as not to damage the coral reefs,” he said.
According to him, following up on reports from the community of Arborek Village, the Raja Ampat District Transportation Office will call on Amanikan to be sanctioned.
Based on information compiled in the field, KM Tourist Boat Secure the previous offense has run aground and damaged the reef on Raja Ampat’s Gan Island. The ship’s master had also undergone legal proceedings.