Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Ministry prepared a scheme for claiming losses for damage caused to the coral reef ecosystem in Raja Ampat, West Papua, following the MV Sabuk Nusantara shipwreck in February 2021.

The scheme will seek justice to restore damaged marine and fishery resources in the Raja Ampat waters owing to the shipwreck of MV Sabuk Nusantara 62, acting Director General of the ministry's Marine and Fishery Resources Supervision Antam Novambar noted in a press release here on Friday.

The ministry has formed a team to verify the extent of coral reef damage, gauge the socio-economic impacts, and determine the value of compensation for the loss that must be paid by the ship's owner.

"Fishing is the main source of livelihood of the people at the location. Of course, there are economic losses suffered by the local community due to this damage," he emphasized.

Meanwhile, the ministry's Director of Supervision for the Management of Marine Resources, Halid K. Jusuf, stated that the KKP had been coordinating with the regional government and the Raja Ampat Police for handling the case.

The coral reef damage occurred at the Raja Ampat National Water Conservation Area (KKPN SAP) and the waters of Gag Island.

"The affected corals include soft and hard corals," he noted.

MV Sabuk Nusantara 62 ran aground in the waters of Raja Ampat on February 3, 2021.

The shipwreck caused damage to the coral reef ecosystem in the KKPN SAP and Gag Island Waters.

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