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Artificial reef launched off Pulau Sebatik in Sabah

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Artificial reef launched off Pulau Sebatik in Sabah

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:59 am

The science, technology and innovation ministry has chosen the sea-bed off Pulau Sebatik near here, as the first location in Sabah to be planted with ceramic 'reefs' to encourage fish breeding.

The placement of the eight artificial reefs, each weighing 1.2 tonne, at a depth of about 23 metres under the sea, was launched by Sebatik State Assemblyman Abdul Muis Picho today, on behalf of the minister, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.
About 200 fishermen in Pulau Sebatik are expected to benefit from the artificial reefs.
The artificial reefs were built by Sirim Berhad and the local community in Sulabayan, Semporna, under the ministry's Technology Application Programme (TAP).
"The environmental-friendly 'reefs' are the first to be placed in the state and can last up to 50 years.
"Within a week or two (after placement), fish will be schooling in the reefs. Algae, the source of food for the fish, which was mixed into the cement (while building the reefs), will grow after one or two months," said the ministry's fund planning division deputy secretary Suhaimi Hamzah.
He said similar reefs would be placed in Pulau Sapi, Sandakan, next month, followed by Kota Belud and Kukup in Johor.
Elected representatives nationwide are welcome to apply for the artificial reefs to be placed in their respective constituencies, if applicable, he added.
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