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8 artificial reefs produced by Sirim to be installed at Batu Sapi

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8 artificial reefs produced by Sirim to be installed at Batu Sapi

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:55 pm

SANDAKAN, March 20 Bernama) -- The Sandakan waters at Batu Sapi, near Pulau
Shanghai, will be the second location in the country to be installed with
environment-friendly artificial reefs produced by Sirim.

Eight artificial reefs made from ceramic that does not pollute the water,
will be implanted in the area.

The implanting ceremony was officiated by Science, Technology and Innovation
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili here today, and the project will benefit
about 400 fishermen in the area.

Ongkili said the environment-friendly reefs were the result of research
conducted by Sirim using ceramic which was suitable for making artificial corals
as the substance would not react to its surrounding environment.
"Seaweed and other marine plants which provide food for the fishes and other
marine life are expected to grow on the artificial reefs in six months to two
years'' time."

Ongkili said Sabah became the first and second location for this type of
artificial reef, with the first implanting done at Pulau Sebatik, off the
eastern coast, in January by the community in Sulabayan, Semporna.
He said the project was under the ministry''s technology application for the
community programme or TopMosti@Komuniti to assist grassroot communities improve
their livelihood.

He added that 200 technologies had been shortlisted for implementation
according to the local communities'' needs and these included solar energy
generation, computerisation, fishing technology, new crop cultivation and
fertilising technique.
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