Interview with Raisa Andriana

Indonesian singer-songwriter

Corals form remarkably diverse communities called coral reefs, which provide the reef complexity and habitat for many fish species, and thus help productivity of reef ecosystems. The corals’ striking colours come from a symbiotic relationship with a type of algae. Although they are listed on CITES appendix II, they are often illegally harvested and traded as building materials, souvenirs, jewelery, and for aquariums. Pollution, climate change and other stressors also have an impact on corals, causing the algae to be expelled from the coral’s tissues, which makes them lose their major source of food and their colour – a process called coral bleaching.


1. Has becoming a new mom made you more aware of the need to protect our planet?

Absolutely. I want my daughter to experience nature first hand and not just through the TV or books. Especially amongst our archipelago here in Indonesia.

2. What is the most memorable experience you have had in nature?

Learning to dive and experiencing the beauty of the underwater world for the firsr time. Seeing reefs and incredible species for the first time was exilerating.

3. What is your favourite marine animal (apart from your kindred species)?

I love dolphins. They are so smart and playful. Their curiosity and the way they express themselves in the wild is beautiful.

4. What do you think is the greatest danger to our oceans?


5. What do you do with your amazing influence in Indonesia?

I am learning about the sea constantly with my husband, team and movement - Indonesian ocean pride. I feel that I speak in behalf of Indonesian women who didn't grow up near the sea. I am new to our underwater world yet my pride and soul is so attached to our ocean. This beauty is second to none and needs all of us to love and protect it.