KUDAT: The coral reef restoration project at Pulau Kalampunian in Taman Tun Mustapha, Kudat where the MV Lewang cargo ship destroyed 3,106.71sqm of reef on Sept 8 last year demonstrates Sabah Parks (TTS) commitment to the preservation of each of its marine parks gazetted under the Parks Enactment 1984.
“We are very fortunate because Taman Tun Mustapha is within the Coral Triangle which has been recognised for its marine biodiversity and must be preserved.
“This means the waters of Simpang Mengayau, Kudat are part of the Amazon of the Seas (the alternate name for the Coral Triangle) which encompasses 5.7 million sq km of waters near Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands,” said Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr Jamili Nais, in his speech at the launch of the restoration project today.
He said that a consensus was reached between several parties, and out of responsibility for conservation, the vessel owner, Syarikat Rimbaru Sdn Bhd, agreed to foot a RM300,000 bill to restore the coral reef.
“The use of reef balls was agreed upon and it is hoped that it will create a beautiful environment to become a tourism product to attract scuba divers,” said Jamili.
He said Sabah Parks’ restoration efforts won’t just stop here as it plans to include other areas in Taman Tun Mustapha, and that it “is committed to maintaining and preserving all the parks in Sabah for 1,000 more years”.
Aside from Taman Tun Mustapha, there are also Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman, Taman Pulau Tiga, Taman Pulau Sipadan, Taman Pulau Penyu and Taman Marin Tun Sakaran.