Environment

Sabah Parks launches coral adoption programme

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parks has launched a Coral Adoption Program using coral frame technique as part of its initiatives to restore the coral population at the marine parks. 

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Jafry Ariffin said the programme is part of the Sabah Maju Jaya 2021-2025 Plan which supports the development and environmental conservation efforts in the state.

“I was told that Sabah Parks has been doing coral restoration programmes at the marine parks using the coral frame technique since 2014. 

“I understand that this Coral frame method has been specially designed by researchers from abroad, and they have successfully carried out coral restoration in their reef areas with the close cooperation of the tourist resorts there,” he said during the launching of Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman Park’s 48th anniversary at Manukan island here yesterday.  

Sabah Parks divers emerging from the sea with coral frames
Sabah Parks divers emerging from the sea with coral frames

In Sabah, Jafry said the effort was started by Taman Marin Tun Sakaran, Semporna together with the Semporna Island Project, and it has been proven that this Coral Frame method has yielded very encouraging results.

“The use of this method shows that it is suitable for coral reef restoration projects. 

“Realising the success of this restoration program, the coral frame method has been adopted and expanded to other marine parks such as Sandakan Turtle Island Park, Tun Mustapha Kudat Park, Kuala Penyu Island Park and also in Tunku Abdul Rahman’s own Park.”

He also said such a programme by Sabah Parks can also be developed as another tourism product that can be participated by all walks of life. 

If you are interested to be part of the conservation hero, you may sign up as an adopter at Sabah Parks website https://adoption.sabahparks.org.my/coral-frame

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