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New artificial reefs off Pulau Sepanggar

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New artificial reefs off Pulau Sepanggar

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:30 am

KOTA KINABALU, Dec 3 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Fisheries Department on Friday lowered another 18 units of cement cuboid artificial reefs worth RM199,930 into the sea off Pulau Sepanggar near here in a strategy to rehabilitate depleting coastal fishery resource.

By the end of this year, a total of 308 units of these Grade 40 cement cuboids, each weighing almost seven tonnes costing RM3,037,393.15 funded under the Second Economic Stimulus Package, would have been positioned in strategic areas covering 13 districts in the state.

State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin, in launching the project, said the Ministry was taking lengthy steps to protect and rehabilitate the state's wealth to ensure sustainable income for fishermen.

He also urged the local community to report to the Fisheries Department or police of any illegal fishing or fish-bombing activity by individuals in their area, saying fish bombing was destructive to their livelihood.

The cuboids, a product of research by the South East Asian Fisheries Development Centre in Trengganu will become a habitat and breeding ground for coral reef fishes, prawns and lobsters.

They are usually sited near coral reef areas less than five nautical miles from the nearest coastal village.

They can sustain in sea water for at least 50 years and because of their massive size, at 1.85m x 1.80m x 1.80m, they would also function as a barrier against encroaching fishing trawlers, among others.

The Fisheries Department has also formed a smart partnership with the fishing communities to protect the areas through the co-management or community-based resource management or what is known as the "tagal" system.
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