‘Reef stars’ promote new growth in Bali’s dying coral ecosystem

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By Sultan Anshori and Nyimas Laula NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Using a snorkel and protective gloves, Pariama Hutasoit dives down into the clear waters off the Indonesian island of Bali to pull away plastic from a “reef star” installed by her conservation group to encourage new coral growth. The Nusa Dua Foundation has installed almost 6,000 of the stars, hexagonal-shaped steel structures around a metre in diameter, in coral reefs across Bali. The stars bridge gaps in the reefs where coral has died, supporting regrowth. “We’re aiming to install about 5,000 reef stars over the next five yea…

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