The Reborn of Seaweed Cultivation in Nusa Lembongan Bali

  • I Nyoman Agus Suta Wijaya, Ida Ayu Oka Martini, AAAN Sri Rahayu Gorda, Desak Made Febri Purnama Sari


                 Bali is one of the seaweed commodity-producing provinces in Indonesia. One of the villages in Bali that produces these commodities is Lembongan Village, Nusa Penida District,Klungkung Regency. The existence of seaweed cultivation, making the community's economy increasing. The tourism sector is increasingly stretched to be one of the factors that cause people to switch professions. The existence of the COVID-19 pandemic has made the tourism sector worse. This encourages people to cultivate seaweed which for years they have left. Based on these phenomena, this study aims to find out how the impact of the re-born of seaweed cultivation on the economy of seaweed farmers in Lembongan Village, Klungkung Regency, Bali and find out what supporting factors and inhibiting factors in carrying out seaweed cultivation again after years have been abandoned. This type of research is a qualitative descriptive study with data collection techniques through documentation studies and in-depth interviews. Informants in this study consisted of 1 Head of Lembongan Village and 3 seaweed farmers in Lembongan Village. The data collected will be analyzed using the Interactive Miles, Huberman, and Saldana models. The results showed that seaweed cultivation was able to have an impact on increasing the economy of the local community in terms of increasing income and providing employment. There are supporting and inhibiting factors in conducting seaweed cultivation which has long been abandoned by the people of Lembongan Village. For supporting factors, including 1). The government is serious about starting from the Regent to the village government in handling the presence of seaweed; 2). Soaring seaweed prices and demand for dried seaweed; 3). The emergence of public awareness of the existence of seaweed that can sustain their economy; 4). The existence of community knowledge about seaweed cultivation. Then for the imaging factors, namely: 1). A crisis of generations of seaweed farmers; and 2). Lack of seaweed drying land due to tourism development.