Monday, October 8, 2012

Preserving Lake Matano non-endemic fish

On last Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, Lake Matano in Sorowako, East Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, was jam-packed with people attending a social event “BSA Cup 2012” held by sponsors of PT Bahana Selaras Alam, Sorowako Diving Club and PT Vale Indonesia, along with other communities. This event has programs related with conserving the Lake’s endemic species. In the event, people can register to join the spearfishing, fishing and cooking contests.

An information board informs people some knowledge about the Lake and its rare creatures

Takdim, chairman of the event committee, explained the idea of this event is to campaign the need to save and care for Lake Matano endemic fish. “Meanwhile, the contests are about catching the non-endemic fish in the Lake as a symbol of our fight against the population of non-endemic in the Lake as due to its dreadful impact,” he said.

A spearfishing participant gets prepared
Spearfishing and fishing participants on the boat
Mostly women take over the fun cook competition
As 8th world deepest lake, tectonic Lake Matano possesses one of kind species that scientifically proved are threatened species: butini fish, several unique and glowing shrimps and Telmaherina fish.

Lake Matano is part of Malili Lakes which the locals believe the different condition in the Lake environment has occurred in the past years due to the mining industry and rapidly growth human population in the village. The natural excessive of fresh water supply has also been locals’ main source of economy. And this contributed to the non-endemic fish to be thrown out and bred into the Lake, such as Mozambique tilapia, Lou Han or Flowerhorn, Catfish, Nile tilapia, Pleco and Oscar.

Total of 3,000 Flowerhorn fish in the cought
A menu of the cook competition
Lake scientist Dr. Ir Fadly Tantu who was the speaker of the event elaborated that those outsider fish are potential to be invasive fish in the Lake.

"Their existence in the Lake becomes a competitor of food consuming, carriers of disease, predators of origin fish, hybridization that can damage genetic resources, and changing the aquatic ecosystems by changing species composition, population and the food chain," said the lecturer at the Agriculture and Fisheries Faculty of the Tadulako University, Palu.

Some fill in the questionnaire about the Lake and conserving the environment
Visitors dance through the music in the event

Trophies for spearfishing and fishing winners
This event was considered a great first step for other social events following. Hopefully all society elements, not only the company and community; but also the locals and government, can realize and start doing some actions to save the environment – especially the rarely found ones just like in Lake Matano. 

Wouldn’t it be shame on us if we don’t let our children see how beautiful the deepest lake in Indonesia is? 

Lake Matano





 *all photos courtesy by Amelia Winnie and Levin Hidayat.

1 comment:

Joni Indo said...

I hope one day I could come to lake Matano and freedive.

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