KING SEA FISH, COELACANTH, FOUND AGAIN IN RAJA AMPAT

Ancient sea fish (Coelacanth) fish were found again in the waters of Raja Ampat, West Papua. This fish was accidentally provoked by fishermen from the Ram Island sub-district of Sorong Kepulauan District, July 2019.

This ancient fish was caught at a depth of ± 60 meters in Urbinasopen waters. Hooked at 08.00 CET and immediately landed in a period of approximately two hours.

This ancient fish landing was made to the area of Suprau, District of the Mesum Maldives, in a state of life.

Coelacanth fishing hooked began to spread, starting from the many people who documented the fish. Previously, there were no fishermen who got this ancient fish.

The Sorong Coastal and Marine Resource Management Workshop (LPSPL) of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) who received reports of the discovery of these fish immediately headed to the location.

Together with the rapid reaction team handling marine mammals and protected fish species, the team moved to Boswesen Market to secure fish that had a total length of 98 cm and a weight of 12.48 kg.

The Sorong PSPL workshop plans to carry out DNA testing on the newly discovered fish.

Raja Laut fish or Coelacanth found in Indonesia are all protected species based on PP No. 7 of 1999. Not only national protection, this Raja Laut fish is also protected internationally, which is included in CITES Appendix I.

Previously, on Sunday (1/7) 2018, a sea king fish was found anglers in the waters of Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua. This fish is hooked with a fishing rod at a depth of 300 meters.

Follow up from the party responsible for carrying out DNA testing stated that this fish is the same as the species found in Manado waters.