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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pulau Gusung Asam

Pulau Gusung Asam
Pulau Gusung Asam is located on the east side of the Pulau Ketawai. When viewed using GPS, the island is located at coordinates 02o 15 '25 "latitude and 106o 20' 24" longitude. Is only about 1.5 km from the Pulau Ketawai. Therefore, this island is clearly visible from the Pulau Ketawai. Called Gusung probably because there Gusung on this island. Gusung in the local language is a result of the sedimentation of sand cluster. The clusters arise (visible) at low tide and drown when high tides.
 This indicates that the waters around Gusung are shallow waters. If we pass to the island Gusung Acid laughs Island, then we will find two Gusung before and after this island.

Although it covers only about half of the Pulau Ketawai, but the island is inhabited island population more than laughs. On the island there are about 15 Gusung acid KK, it is not much, but the fishermen are residents of this island. Fishermen on the island are the majority of fishermen Gusung acid traps. They catch fish by using a trap of their own making or sometimes imported from other regions such as Kurau and cape mountain. The Bubu they plug in the coral reef. Fish would thus obtained are reef fish such as grouper economically valuable, yellow tail, signs of fish, fish ketarap, up snapper
Coral Reefs (Coral Reef) on the island of coral reef ecosystems Gusung acid in acid condition Gusung Island including the medium category. Coral reefs cover around 30-40%. Coral cover with hose value is included in the medium category. Reefs located not far away from the island. Is about 200-300 meters away from the island.

Coral only found on the east and south of the island. This indicates that coral surrounding the island. West side there seagrass ecosystems and many overgrown by seaweed. While to the north is not found coral reefs and seagrass beds, but only sand with clear blue water. The cause of the low number of coral cover in the island as many coral covered by macroalgae and microalgae. In addition it was also found that some types of seaweed (seaweed) that compete in these habitats.

This led to competition in the habitat of living is quite high. In coral reef ecosystems is mostly found Tridacna types whose size is still small. Tridacna lived betwen stone or rock crevice. Because coral cover is relatively small, the diversity of fish and biota was relatively small anyway. Not many species of fish and marine biota typical of those found on coral reefs in the Pulau Gusung Asam.

Fish encountered was relatively small in size. With the discovery of several types of seaweed around the island is in fact indicate that the island has the potential to be developed as an area of seaweed farming in the future. Additionally, if coral cover well so that fish diversity was high. Then, with a very beautiful island coupled with coral reefs that lie beautiful. Conceivably this place will be an area for marine tourism potential to be developed.

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