It’s been a while since we’ve given you an update on what’s going on in Indonesia – there haven’t been any corals shipped for about a year now but thankfully, it appears there appears to be some movement in this department.
In January, we reported about a new Indonesian Archipelago Ornamental Coral Farmers Association (KPKHN, Kelompok Pembudidaya Karang Hias Nusantara) and the work of this 15 coral farming company association, is starting to pay off. The KPKHN is already in contact with the highest levels of the Indonesian Fisheries Department and it’s already very clear, that coral mariculture will be authorized again. Coral Mariculture already appear in some new regulation published by the fisheries department, which is a very positive sign.
It is our understanding that there are still some regulatory hurdles that are being discussed and put into place. It might take a while, but the Indonesian Archipelago Coral Farmer Association (KPKHN) is working very closely with the government, reviewing and improving the already existing regulation, so that a resolution can be found as fast as possible.
It’s still too early to say when this problem will be behind us, it might take few more months but it’s a certainty that Indonesian coral farmers will ship maricultured corals in the future. However, this industry as we know it will probably be very different when this happens.
Indonesia innovated, and changed our industry for the best 20 years ago. We can expect Indonesia to keep on leading the world in Coral Mariculture into the future. We are pretty sure that this new set of regulation will guarantee a perfectly sustainable, traceable, and long lasting Indonesian Coral Mariculture Industry. It might take a little bit longer so the mistakes from the past are not repeated and to prevent this kind of problem from happening again! so we need to be patient, as it’s for the best.
We just hope this will not take too much time, and we encourage discussion, and submit your ideas and questions to the association directly to: [email protected]
You can also follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kpkhnmariculturecoral/
As for wild corals, from the informations we have, it looks like the situation is in a kind of deadlock right now, but still hope that coral exporters, will hopefully manage to find a solution to this problem.
So don’t despair, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we just need to continue to be patient.