A few days or more correctly nights ago smugglers ran afoul of Tankad Jaran, one of our local reefs. Story goes that once the crew realised they were well and truly stuck and taking on water, they basically scarpered. The vessel, a local wooden phinisi style cargo ship, common to the water of Indonesia was apparently carrying barrels of Solar (Diesel) to be sold offshore presumably to international vessels.
The Ship has no license or paperwork so apparently no owner. Pol Air (or marine police), have already removed the cargo but could not remove the ship from the reef. Discussions are in process to make this a permanent and hopefully slightly deeper wreck
Funnily enough Tankad Jaran is also home to the Canyon Wreck, another vessel that ran aground on the same feef many years ago and was later reclaimed and permanently sunk only a couple hundred meters away to the East. Tankad Jaran is also home to the BioWreck and Kuberan Kapal (Ships graveyard) all part of the 2005 local ‘Reef Gardeners‘ environmental project here in Pemuteran. Which also included the now famous ‘Underwater Temple‘.
With luck this unfortunate vessel will become a thriving little ecosystem in the days to come.
Recent visit by the Green School out of the landlocked Port of Ubud, (http://www.greenschool.org) turned out to be a good opportunity to put the Nasty Nemo through her paces. And she handled it all with easy and space to spare.
The Green School was up on a field trip to the Biorock Project. Where they learn how to electrify coral to good effect 😉 After a morning of learning and snorkeling the projects they took a break to explore a local reef (Close Encounters) where they got to see first hand what can happen when local businesses work with the village and fishing community to help protect the local marine environment in a sustainable way.
The Next day they head out again this time to visit the Solar Powered Biorock offshore structures. The Biowreck and BioBoomer. The later named in honour of the once long time resident of the of the Turtle Project, run by my old mate Chris Brown just down the beach from us. Another longtime resident and local Eco warrior.
Then its prepare for the beach and Mucky Pirates Bay clean up.
DiveMaster Made and Captain Sahari lend a helping hand.
Despite the lousy visibility everyone heads out with a modicum of enthusiasm on their perilous mission to rid our bay of marauding plastic.
A Junior Eco Wench is Joined by Captain Botac scouring the Bay for hidden enemies amongst the fishing boats.
After a hard morning of snorkeling, diving and rescuing our beloved and now not so Mucky Pirates Bay. The lads and lasses of the Green School sit down to enjoy a well earned Nasi Bungkus.
And thus their day ends with a swift voyage home and memories of noble deeds and plastic vanquished on the shores of Pemuteran.
Garr! Guys n we be hopin’ ta seeing ye all again.
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