Monitoring of The Fertility Ambon Bay Using Aqua MODIS Satellite Imagery After Launching of Save Ambon Bay Program

Rina Luciane Manuhutu, Samy Junus Litiloly, Rina Latuconsina, Luwis H. Laisina, Sefnath Johanes Wattimena


Ambon Bay pollution had become a problem when in 1994, there was an algae bloom, which caused 34 people to get sick, and 3 of them died from eating shellfish that had been contaminated with poison from toxic phytoplankton. Since then, various mass media have reviewed and commented on the quality of the Ambon Bay waters. The highlight of the Ambon Bay pollution occurred when in November 2012, the Director-General of Marine Affairs and Small Islands (KP3K) of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) at that time, Eko Radiyanto, personally admitted that he was concerned about the pollution that occurred in Ambon Bay. Since then, the program "Kalesang Teluk Ambon or Save Ambon Bay" has been launched. The problem that has arisen is how the condition of the fertility of Ambon Bay since the save ambon Bay program was launched to date. The purpose of this study was to monitor the fertility of the Ambon bay in the last eight years since the Save Ambon bay program was launched. Monitoring was carried out from 2013 to 2020 by utilizing remote sensing technology by processing Aqua Modis satellite image data to determine the value of chlorophyll-a distribution as an indicator of water fertility. The results showed that in the first year of the Ambon Bay save the program, there was an increase in the fertility of Ambon Bay from 0.39 to 0.90 mg / m3, but after that, there was a decrease from year to year except in 2020, fertility increased dramatically from 0.31 to 1.00 mg / m3.


Ambon bay, Aqua Modis, chlorophyll-a

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