GROWTH ANALYSIS OF RED ALGAE EUCHEUMA SPINOSUM USING BASKET METHOD IN TESABELA VILLAGE, KUPANG REGENCYAlfred G.O. Kase, Imanuel J. Emola, and Donny Mercys Bessie
The purpose of this study was to determine the growth of red algae Eucheuma spinosum using basket method in Batubao marine waters, Tesabela Village, West Kupang District. This research has been conducted for three months, from September to November 2020. The method used in this research were observation and experiments in the field. The results showed that the red algae Eucheuma spinosum cultivated for six weeks had a slow growth rate. The absolute weight measurement results at the end of the study were only 199 g, although it was slow but the growth continued, the observations showed that the cultivated red algae was not predated by herbivore fish or turtles, because of the use of baskets. The slow growth is due to environmental factors, especially poor of brightness. The condition of the waters during the study tended to be cloudy with a maximum visibility of 1.5 meters with a water temperature that was high enough to reach 30 oC.