Coral Reef Aquaculture Farm Dive in Indonesia – Hidden Gardens the Documentary

Intro Music we are in the south of Bali it’s 6:30 in
the morning and the Sun is already up assisted by the low tide the team is
about to set out on it’s daily mission Music for all the world the demand for live
coral is rapidly increasing. To satisfy the public aquarium trade as well as private aquarium hobbyists in Indonesia a young entrepreneur embarked on an
amazing journey to be part of this constantly expanding market today
Vincent opens the gates to his Hidden Gardens music as Vincent explains settling in
Indonesia was not a random choice in Indonesia is home to one of the most
diverse marine environments in the world there are different types of
environments for example here in the south of Bali right behind us
we have the Indian Ocean with huge waves result of a deep underwater current that
carries extremely mineral-rich water to the south, well in the north the sea is
calm in addition you have the so-called Indonesian through flow which is a large
movement of water which flows through the entire archipelago from the Pacific
Ocean to the Indian Ocean. The strong current carries all the larvae of the marine life of the Indo Pacific into the Indian Ocean consequently a bloom occurs
creating favorable conditions for the growth and propagation of Coral music After studying marine
biology Vincent specializes in coral and reef fish aquaculture since then he has
worked in a variety of projects around the world I came to Indonesia to work as a project manager for a French company I have
found a valuable solution for harvesting coral since then I have concentrated my
efforts on growing and producing new varieties of coral Linden Davontea one
of the most prominent coral experts in the world encourages and supports these
kind of initiatives Vincent is one of the few people that I’m aware of so far that’s actually closed the cycle as it were where they’re able to produce the
f1 generations the next generations in the aquaria it’s not that hard the
science has been well known for decades but not many aquaculturist are yet
doing it and clearly it’s a very good thing to be doing because you’re not
stripping the reefs of, of yet more natural, naturally grown corals so I
think the export market for corals for live corals for the aquarium trade
globally is in the many millions annually so the more that can be
produced through aquaculture the better music With the help of Manu his indonesian
partner Vincent has planted seven coral nurseries around the island of Bali in
the island of Java the nurseries are located at different depths depending on the type of coral cultured but what is coral? Speaking in French Coral is a animal, an animal that lives in symbiosis with a unicellular algae called zooxanthellae basically it’s a colony of mouth’s stomachs and tentacles they feed on plankton, the unicellular algae that grows in their tissue provides them with glucose and energy Speaking French that is why
they need sunlight in a few words it’s an animal that lives in symbiosis with
a plant music the method used for coral reproduction
is quite simple a segment of coral extracted from the mother colony is
pruned from the tips, the fragment is then glued to an artificial base for
support, arranged in racks and replanted into the sea it’s an underwater culture
that requires constant monitoring trained man power is a essential music however there are some difficulties Speaks French The major difficulty here is in finding suitable
sites for different types of coral there are species that grow fast and easily
in accessible areas, we always have to deal with the problems of excessive
algae and sponge growth what we need is is to find sites with optimal conditions so
that we can minimize the maintenance we have planted 300 varieties of coral so
far and we have a lot more in production Speaking French corals are a protected species so the trade is monitored the Fisheries Department of
Indonesia have established a quota system to limit live coral extraction,
this allowance is only granted to enterprises that can provide records of
successful farming, in compliance with these regulations Vincent and Manu have
set up indoor facilities in the island of Java where the propagation of coral
takes place in a controlled environment music equally important is the meticulous
preparation of the coral prior to exporting special care is applied in
order to protect the coral and to ensure that all packaging comply with
international export regulations Background Noise all packed and ready the coral will
leave Indonesia the motherland, on its final journey to breathe life and beauty
into the aquariums of the world music Credits

39 thoughts on “Coral Reef Aquaculture Farm Dive in Indonesia – Hidden Gardens the Documentary

  1. Surely an environmentally sound idea to keep naturally growing corals and algae in the shadow of the coral racks and to have the workers trample over the natural coral beds! Perhaps you should try "coral trees" as used by the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, Florida, USA, installed over barreen sand fields where they have the least environmental impact.

  2. Wow, just the size of the operation is mind blowing. A few of the shots when they show all those coral tables spread across the sea floor is impressive. I’d love to scuba dive and shop for corals

  3. Is it possible to use eco friendly supporting table to grow corals at sea ? Bcz u guys r using metal perforated steel tables .

  4. Hi, what you are doing is gr8; the world & marine aqua keepers like me in England. How did you get this of the ground from idea-inception – to building now that story would make a very good film. WHO in England has your stock? name please

  5. Aren't they harming the already existing natural coral reef when placing those metal tables for growing those fragments? You notice they place them over corals already there which blocks sunlight and even in the video you see them stepping over existing corals. Food for thought.

  6. Hii.. My nane is defi.. Im very interesting with this video.. Because I'm an Indonesian. can I know any contact the owner of the garden?.. I'm a student of marine science so I hope I can study more about the coral there..
    If you kind maybe you can give me his email maybe.. Thanks.. 🙂

  7. Problem is color loss from farmed corals. You don’t get the brilliant colors of hard corals like in the wild.

  8. It’s a good initiative for Marin life also the worse part I have seen in the video is they are vanishing the natural eco system by footing on reefs while they take care of their farm.. so this is just a making money project,, and what you selling is, the future of Indonesians,,,

  9. Won't it be Great if India starts Coral Farming on the Union Territories and the waters which come under our Governance to increase Economic growth and Employment. Many are Unemployed around the Coastal Areas.

    Since Centuries we've simply taken away Coral wherever it's found since its popular and loved , without thinking about the consequences

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