Phronima Suppa Group : Mangrove Planters in Pond Drainage ChannelAuthor: Zulkarnain (AIP Fasilitator of Pinrang Shrimp Cultivation)
Translated by: Evert W Fanggidae
As one of the natural buffers to reduce the impact of climate change on the coast, mangrove forest can survive in areas that are quite extreme. Mangrove with its very important role in coastal ecosystems, is also an important habitat for some living things. Mangrove, funtioned as a fish nursery ground or a place to take care for codling, has ecological and economic functions associated with the welfare of coastal communities.
To reduce abrasion of embankments and to neutralize sea water what come in and out of ponds from toxic content, on October 4, there was an event on mangrove planting in pond drainage channel belonging to member of Phronima Group. Local facilitators with Phronima Suppa Group and Fishery Resource Management Program Students (MSP), Department of Fisheries, Hasanuddin University, attempted to restore the mangrove area in the aquaculture area at Tasiwalie Village, Suppa District, Pinrang Regency.
The event was also held due to the increasingly widespread opening of cultivated land on the coast that makes the existence of mangrove forests is increasingly eroded. The loss of mangroves around the aquaculture area, indirectly, affect the production of fish farmers of the Phronima Group. Therefore, the remaining organic material cultivation in the previous cycle can not be reduced, either on the ground or in water. Lack of refreshing activity on the pond’s bottom soil is feared to accumulate and produce poisonous element..
With the hope to continue preserving the mangroves that exist around the ponds and coastal areas, on October 15, 200 mangrove seedlings were re-planted managed by H. Jamal in Pallameang Village, Mattirosompe District, Pinrang District with students of Hasanuddin University and student of Wageningen University.
Green the Ponds by Planting Mangroves
Now farmers are increasingly aware of the importance of mangroves in the pond area. This can be seen from the mangrove planting activities conducted by farmers in their respective locations. They obtain mangrove seedlings from mangrove seeding business around the area or by taking directly from the tree or fruit that has fallen.
Mangroves planting as a tactical step to improve the quality of pond waters encourage students to re-green the cultivation area. Other than mangrove planting itself, they also conducted identification of mangrove area and mangrove species located on the edge of the beach and a small part in the water channel. In addition, students along with Phornima Group farmers conducted group management learning, application of Shrimp Vocamei BMP, capacity building through vannamei class and Forum Group Discussion (FGD) and conducted laboratory analysis on water quality using titration method.
Mangroves that have been planted in the pond drainage channel will be treated by farmers and the surrounding community. As an initiator in escorting the existence of mangroves and rehabilitation of waterways and coastal ridges, WWF-Indonesia will continue to encourage studies on mangrove through the environmentally supporting activities and environmental safeguard policies around the ponds.